Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy




Susan McConnell

North Atlantic

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320 pages
5-10 B&W illustrations

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Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement and Touch in Practice

Applying somatic principles to the Internal Family Systems model

A Practitioner’s Guide to Somatic IFS introduces a new therapeutic modality that blends principles of somatic therapy–like movement, touch, and breathwork–with the traditional tools of the Internal Family Systems framework. Broadening the benefits and applications of the IFS model, author Susan McConnell introduces 5 core practices that mental health professionals can apply to their practice: somatic awareness, conscious breathing, radical resonance, mindful movement, and attuned touch. Clinical applications include the treatment of depression, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic illness, and attachment disorders.

Within the IFS framework, clients will learn to identify their “inner worlds”–the discrete subpersonalities within each of us that hold emotions, perceptions, and belief systems, and that affect our behavior and emotional wellness. Body-based somatic tools are incorporated into therapy as patients learn to recognize different facets of their internal family and reconcile the needs of subpersonalities–like their inner child or internal manager–to bring more harmony to their physical and emotional well-being.

INNOVATIVE MODEL: Susan McConnell adapts the evidence-based IFS model by applying somatic theory and principles, enhancing and broadening the framework’s clinical applications.

HEALING OF BODY AND MIND: Bridges the gap between cognitively-focused therapeutic modalities and body-based somatics for holistic healing in body, mind, and spirit.

UNDERSTANDABLE FRAMEWORK: The archetypal subpersonalities of the IFS model are relatable, understandable, and accessible.

Susan McConnell

SUSAN MCCONNELL, senior trainer for the Center for Self Leadership, has taught Internal Family Systems (IFS) in the U.S. and internationally since 1997. Somatic IFS, which McConnell developed in 2004, is a synthesis of her forty years of study, teaching, and clinical practice with bodywork, psychotherapy, and spiritual practices. McConnell holds a Master's Degree with an emphasis on Somatic Psychology, and is a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and a Certified Hakomi Therapist. She was also instrumental in curriculum development for IFS trainings and, as a Hakomi faculty member, for a training for bodyworkers using the Hakomi Method to explore through touch the way mind, body, heart, and spirit weave together to form the client's experiential world. McConnell has had a private practice since 1983 in Chicago, where she offers bodymind integration and consultation.
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