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IFS: Internal Family Systems

What is the origin of IFS?

Also known as "parts work," IFS was developed in the 1980’s by Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD, now on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  IFS is now widely used in a variety of contexts, including spiritual direction.


Basic principles of IFS:

  • Everyone has parts within themselves, such as an inner critic or wounded child.

  • These parts are all well intentioned, even when misguided and causing havoc. 

  • Everyone also has a true self who is by nature capable of being a trustworthy leader of these inner parts.


What is the goal of IFS?

  • Setting parts free from the burdens and ill-fitting roles they’ve been forced into and allowing them to be who God designed them to be.

  • Establishing a trusting relationship between parts and the true self and his or her leadership.

  • Bringing greater harmony and integration within the internal system.

  • Learning how to access the true self more easily in everyday life.


How does this work?

  • Sessions are usually twice a month for 90 minutes and cost $100 per session.

  • Most sessions are virtual, using Zoom. 

  • If you live in the Houston, Texas area, meeting in person may be preferable.  Please contact me via the link below to discuss.


“Celeste is a kind and trustworthy guide for me as I seek to better understand my internal parts so that I can better know and love Jesus and those around me.”

B. W.

“Celeste has the perfect temperament for IFS. She is gentle and open hearted, an active listener, and consistently encouraging. I highly recommend the IFS program as an alternative or in addition to counseling for emotional and spiritual healing. The IFS program will impact your life if you allow it. Celeste . . .  was patient, gentle, and encouraging.  She guided me through some very painful memories and taught me how to help myself. I was able to receive healing and peace of mind and heart.”

T. B.

“It was such a great blessing to be a part of this  . . . life-changing and enriching opportunity.”

R. R.

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