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Exclusive Services

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Adelaide has a team of counsellors trained in IFS therapy &

IFS Couples therapy -  

Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).  

IFS  & IFIO Sessions are

available in person or via zoom

Australia & World Wide.

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a way to understand your inner world, and help it to transform and heal. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind.

IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful Self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that Self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.  At the heart of Internal Family Systems therapy is the belief that there is a calm, compassionate core ‘Self’ within each of us that cannot be damaged.

Internal Family Systems therapy explicitly recognizes the numinous-and-available nature of the Self, allowing the model to be helpful in adult development as well as psychological healing. Self energy is a ‘doing’, known by its curiousity, calm, compassion, connectedness, creativity, courage, clarity and confidence. In the therapeutic work, the aim is to connect and amplify the person’s own experience of Self, then to build relationship internally with one’s parts (IFS Institute).


Intimacy from the inside out (IFIO).

IFS informed Couples Counselling.

Toni Herbine-Blank developed the couple therapy Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) as a branch of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, a treatment used for individuals, couples, families, communities, and organisations.  Intimate relationships inevitably pose painful dilemmas and require partners to navigate differences.  


If they cannot differentiate and stay connected in the process, they end up experiencing, as Dan Siegal wrote, emotional chaos or rigidity (2007).  Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) is designed to help partners differentiate and stay connected by accessing their strengths (Herbine-Blank, Kerpelman, & Sweezy 2016).  


When we speak and listen skillfully, we deepen and transform our relationships.  In IFIO, we aim for partners to disagree respectfully, communicate courageously, apologise from the heart, forgive freely, and stay connected.  Loving connection leads to ongoing well-being (Blank & Sweezy 2021).

Rebecca and Simon Paul are both trained Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) Therapists located in Adelaide.  

Face to Face and Zoom sessions available.

Let's Work Together

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