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Internal Family Systems Therapy Melbourne

Ever feel like you’re arguing with yourself? Or like a part of you wants one thing, while another pulls you in a different direction? IFS therapy can help! It views us as having different inner “parts”, each with their own feelings and needs. While the name implies that Internal Family Systems therapy is a type of family therapy, it’s actually aimed at individuals. You’ll learn to understand these parts and build compassion for them. This can ease internal struggles, improve your relationships, and help you live a more fulfilling life.

What is IFS Therapy?

Internal Family Systems Therapy – also known as IFS Therapy – is a powerful approach that can be highly effective in addressing a wide range of mental health challenges, including trauma, anxiety, and depression. The process is designed to lead to greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and the ability to heal from past wounds. IFS Therapy helps you understand these inner parts. It doesn’t try to get rid of emotions, but rather teaches you to listen to them with kindness. By building connection with your “Self,” you can manage difficult feelings, make choices that feel right, and live a more peaceful life.

Internal Family Systems Therapy helps with:


Develop the confidence that whatever happens, you will be able to handle it, reach your full potential, and become the person you have always wanted to be.


Clarity can help you tackle the obstacles that are holding you back and open up new avenues of discovery and growth.


Learn constructive ways to manage the issues that life presents, enabling you to cope with turbulent times, and bounce back from hardship and tragedy.


With focus, you can cope with life’s stresses, recognise your abilities, and find the answers you seek.


Discover personal strengths and capacities so that you are empowered to take control of your life.

Behavioural Change

Together, we can make a real difference in how your beliefs, values, and attitudes influence your daily life.

How IFS Therapy Leads to Lasting Change

Have you ever tried to change a habit but felt stuck? IFS therapy tackles this by helping you understand the “why” behind your behaviour – whether it’s a porn addiction, self-sabotage or destructive relationship patterns. It acknowledges the parts of you that might be driving those habits, like a worried part trying to keep you safe. Through IFS, you learn to communicate with these parts and address their underlying needs. This can lead to lasting change because you’re not just suppressing emotions, but creating genuine shifts within yourself. It’s like becoming the calm leader in your inner household, guiding your parts towards a happier, more fulfilling life.

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What’s the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?

Counsellors and psychologists are both licensed professionals who offer people mental health support. These two healthcare professions are often confused with each other as they overlap in terms of the help they can provide.

Counselling generally refers to short-term treatment while psychologists typically refers to longer-term treatment such as mental health disorders. Counselling can help a person process powerful emotions such as grief or anger, deal with immediate causes of stress and anxiety, clarify values and identify options when making important personal or professional decisions, manage conflicts within relationships, develop better interpersonal and communication skills, or intentionally change unproductive thoughts and behaviours.

What types of issues can a counsellor assist a person with?

Counsellors can confidentially listen to, empathise and talk with you about the following issues and problems;

  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Life transitions such as the Birth of a New Baby, Separation, Divorce
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Battling Addictions
  • Dealing with Loss and Bereavement
  • Resolving Work-related Issues
  • Overcoming Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • Eating Concerns / Self-Esteem / Body Image
  • Resolving Family and Relationship Issues
  • Increasing Self-confidence and Self-esteem
  • Recovering from Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidality
Why do I have to pay online and is it safe?

Our mission is to make counselling affordable for all people, so we use Calendly and Stripe to keep costs low for you. Data that passes through Calendly is encrypted, both in transit and at rest. All connections from the browser to the Calendly platform are encrypted in transit using TLS SHA-256 with RSA Encryption. Stripe is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, Stripe uses the best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security.

Do people often feel nervous about coming to see a counsellor?

Yes, it is common for people to experience some initial nervousness. My Practice always endeavours to provide a warm and understanding environment in which to help people feel more comfortable.

How often will I need to come?

Generally, counselling typically involves a few weeks of relatively intensive treatment (usually 1 appointment per week), followed by as many maintenance sessions as you and your counsellor feel is appropriate (usually fortnightly or monthly).

How do I prepare for my first counselling session?

There is no need to prepare anything specific prior to your initial appointment. It can however be helpful to think about what you might want to talk about in the sessions. If you have areas you would like to target, think about describing these. If you have goals for improvement (in your relationships, work, or self-esteem, for example), bring them to your first session, as well as any obvious obstacles or barriers you are aware of.

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