Richard Schwartz, PhD, is an American academic and systemic family therapist known for developing the Internal Family Systems (IFS) psychological paradigm. In addition to writing and speaking on the method, he founded the IFS Institute to train practitioners and offer the therapy directly to clients.
Using a non-pathologizing, accelerated approach -- rooted in neuroscience -- IFS applies inner resources and self-compassion for healing emotional wounding at its core. This new manual offers straight-forward explanations and illustrates a wide variety of applications.
Dr. Schwartz theorizes that the mind is not a unitary entity, but is instead a system that contains multiple parts that work together for the greater good of the whole being. In addition to these multiple parts, we also have a Self that has the capacity to lead the system.