IFS is an evidence-based psychotherapy modality that views human minds as consisting of a system of inner parts led by a core Self.
The internal family system includes parts that protect the person from feelings of hurt (called Managers), parts that hold painful emotional experiences (Exiles), and parts that distract the person from Exiles (Firefighters).
When these parts are in the driver's seat, they are in control over one's thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.
An IFS therapist supports clients in accessing their core Self in order to connect with and heal their wounded or protective parts.
This is done by demonstrating the '8 C's of Self' towards one's parts: confidence, curiosity, compassion, care, clarity, courage, calmness, creativity, and connectedness.