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Exploring Our Internal Dialogue- a Conversation on Internal Family Systems (IFS) w/Will Halpin -32
Episode 3224th January 2023 • THE GRIT SHOW • Shawna Rodrigues
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I'm always intrigued by new ways of thinking and of looking at ourselves.

Today we get an excellent dose of that.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has been around awhile, but in the last five years, I’ve heard more of my friends who are therapists mention it.

I'm excited to have finally sat down with Will Halpin, LICSW, MPH to dive a little deeper and learn more. I’m impressed at how much value we squeezed into this episode. 

The conversation touches on:

Why its called Internal Family Systems

What makes IFS different than other therapy modalities

What removing constraints for optimal functioning looks like

The analogy of an orchestra and your role as the conductor

The importance of self

The eight Cs that makeup self

The importance of getting curious about your responses

A little on protectors and exiles

What IFS therapy looks like, both in a therapy session and when you are working through some of it on your own 


Will Halpin is a psychotherapist and public health social worker with over 20 years of experience working in community health center settings and in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he developed programs and a comprehensive curriculum with the Boston Public Health Commission to train providers on best practices in working with people struggling with crystal meth abuse and dependence. Most of his clinical experience has been working within the LGBTQAI+ population, and specifically complex/developmental trauma and substance abuse. He has trained in a variety of treatment modalities to offer a variety of options when working with survivors of trauma, including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He is currently training in neurofeedback to offer it as an additional treatment for trauma survivors at his private practice in Sturbridge, Ma. He also enjoys training new therapists who are learning IFS. When he is not at work, you can find him in the mountains, in a lake, or in the woods. Enjoying whatever outdoor recreation is available in that particular season.

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