IFS Shown to Reduce Pain and Depression, and Improve Physical Function for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients (2013) The results from a randomized controlled study, published recently in the Journal of Rheumatology, show that an IFS-based intervention had positive effects on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), reducing pain and depressive symptoms, while improving physical function and self-compassion. The study was the first randomized control trial of its kind conducted to assess the efficacy of IFS on patient outcomes Dr. Nancy Shadick, from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at….read more | full study
The Efficacy Of Internal Family Systems Therapy In The Treatment Of Depression Among Female College Students: A Pilot Study (2016) “Results demonstrated a decline in depressive symptoms for both conditions and no significant differences in the magnitude or rate of change. The results provide preliminary evidence for the efficacy of IFS in the treatment of depressive symptoms”. Authors: Shelley A. Haddock, Lindsey M. Weiler, Lisa J. Trump, Kimberly L. Henry In 2016, Shelley Haddock and colleagues published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy ( Haddock, et al, 2016) a study that tested IFS as an alternative treatment for depressed female college students, “a significant portion of whom do not benefit” from the existing empirically supported treatments, which the authors list as “antidepressant medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).” Subjects were randomly assigned to the IFS condition (n=17) and the treatment as….read more
MDMA and PTSD STUDIES (ongoing research) Below is an excerpt from the 2019 edition of Internal Family Systems Therapy – 2nd Edition. Since 2008, Michael Mithoefer (clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina) and his colleagues have been studying methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) (called ecstasy on the street) in conjunction with psychotherapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 1100 individuals have received MDMA in phase 1 or phase 2 clinical trials so far without any unexpected drug-related serious adverse events (Lancet, 2016, p. 4). Because of the remarkable success of these first two studies, phase 3 trials are now underway with a multi….read more
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Treatment for PTSD and Comorbid Conditions: A Pilot Study (currently under submission to journals)This pilot study had remarkable results. Of the thirteen subjects who were diagnosed with PTSD and completed the 16 sessions of IFS, only 1 still qualified for the diagnosis at the end of the study and at the one-month follow-up. That is, 92% of the participants no longer met the PTSD criteria, which translates into a huge effect size of -4.46. In addition, there were significant decreases in depression, affect dysregulation, dissociation, disrupted self-perception….read more
Evidence Based Healing: Brainspotting
Brainspotting was voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre after a five-year study comparing over 25 therapeutic modalities. The parents ranked it first in its effectiveness in treating the traumatic loss of their young children, read more
I acknowledge that I am living on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people including the Duwamish people past and present. I honor with deep gratitude the land and the Duwamish tribe.
May the Coast Salish people heal from the intergenerational trauma of stolen land. May the colonizers heal from their abuse and violence toward the Duwamish people. May our ancestors see our light and bring forth the great teachings of our original wisdoms. May my work on this planet help heal the living, the dead, and restore the thread of love from past, present and future. May we all be well.