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Summary

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 five 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.

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©2020 Susan McConnell (P)2021 North Atlantic Books

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“Susan McConnell brilliantly weaves together science, clinical stories, and experiential practices to bring Somatic IFS to life for her reader. The deep wisdom she embodies from years of studying the bodymind is felt in each of the five practices that are the foundation of Somatic IFS and in her clear yet lyrical explanation of the body systems that inform each practice. McConnell is an expert guide to learning to listen to somatic stories and finding the way to Embodied Self.” (Deb Dana, LCSW, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy)

“Susan McConnell writes from her heart and her embodied experience, as a counselor and an explorer in the somatic world. This book is an expression of her whole life and career, and yet the ideas are kept alive and honest through the immediacy of her practices - in psychotherapy, in somatics, and in spirituality. I hope that this book is read widely both in and beyond the IFS community.” (Susan Aposhyan, LPC, author of Body-Mind Psychotherapy

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Exceptional explanation of Somatic IFS

Clear explanations, case studies that exemplify the modality perfectly, easy to apply techniques for practitioners and lay persons, linked up thinking and references of other professionals and therapists in the field. If you are into IFS, this is the perfect guide.

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Power

This is a wonderful handbook for anyone touched by the power of IFS. A blueprint for quality mind/body work. Marvellous achievement

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  • 13-01-22

Inclusive bridge to selves

I found myself first resistant and then embodied by the concepts. This book has introduced me to the varied vulnerable parts hiding in my own physical being. Thank you for this eclectic spiritual practice I find that it resonates with so many disciplines. I am a better therapist as I apply your words to my practice. . Peace.

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  • BDM
  • 27-03-22

Fantastic book!

A wonderful guide to the ever growing field of body psychotherapy and IFS. I recently discovered Internal Family Systems therapy and it has been very helpful and life changing. I’ve also studied and participated in body psychotherapy for over 16 years so this book has been a wonderful gift in combining these two fields.

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  • Karen L Rossignol
  • 03-06-22

Game changer!

I’ve been doing bodywork for 20 + years and have been studying how to heal trauma held in the body for years. This combines so much of what I’ve learned and added to it in such an exciting way. Very healing personally as well. This is the book I’ve been waiting for!

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  • Stacy J. Weisend
  • 24-04-22

Garbage

Did not get anything out of this trash book. No new knowledge, and nothing to help.

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