What is Inner Relationship Focusing?

What is Inner Relationship Focusing? Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) is a therapeutic approach that combines the principles of Focusing with the theory of Internal Family Systems (IFS). It was developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin in the 1990s. At its core, IRF involves exploring one’s inner experience, which is often accompanied by bodily sensations, and developing a compassionate relationship with oneself. The goal of IRF is to help individuals become more aware of their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations, and to cultivate a sense of curiosity, acceptance, and non-judgment towards themselves. In IRF, individuals are encouraged to listen to the different parts of themselves, each with its own unique perspective and voice, and to engage in a dialogue with these parts. By doing so, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their inner experience and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-compassion. IRF can be used as a stand-alone therapeutic approach or as a complement to other therapeutic modalities. It has been used to help individuals with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship problems. Shervan K Shahhian

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