Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement, and Touch in Practice

Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement, and Touch in Practice


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Applying somatic principles to the Internal Family Systems model

Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174880
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 147,059
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction My Journey to Integrate Mind and Body 1

Chapter 1 Introduction to Somatic IFS and the Practices That Lead to Embodied Self 19

Chapter 2 Somatic Awareness: Reading the Body Story 61

Chapter 3 Conscious Breathing: Integrating Inner and Outer Worlds 93

Chapter 4 Radical Resonance: Potentiating Relational Realms 127

Chapter 5 Mindful Movement: Restoring the Flow 175

Chapter 6 Attuned Touch: Exploring the Power of Ethical Touch 213

Chapter 7 Embodied Self: The Internal System Embodied 255

Notes 293

Index 299

About the Author 307

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