Like most therapies, the first IFS session involves the therapist asking you questions. Here your therapist tries to get a picture of your inner world and distinguish its different parts.
At this point, there is also a strong focus on developing a trusting working relationship with your therapist. It's important to feel comfortable sharing difficult thoughts, emotions, and experiences with your therapist. In addition, several sessions of IFS grouping therapy may be required to understand the IFS Model and the terminology used.
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Depending on your specific needs and the style of the therapist, the next session will likely feel like a conversation. Focus on developing an increased awareness of your identity.
You will likely work with the department manager at the start of therapy and address any concerns the department has about firefighters' trigger behavior. Parts removed can evoke strong emotions and are therefore often taken into account in later sessions.
At this point, you will have a better understanding of the interplay of the parts, the role of the self, and the skills and strategies for dealing with emotions. IFS is not a time-limited therapy and therefore there is no defined endpoint.
This means that it is important to work with your therapist to determine the best time to complete therapy. However, some people continue to participate in IFS therapy until they continue to benefit from it or until they establish themselves as guides for their sub-personality and achieve a harmonious balance between them.