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Individual Therapy Services:

Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Attachment, and More

Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc. is pleased to offer individual therapy services tailored specifically for young adults and adults seeking personal growth, self-discovery, and emotional well-being. We are committed to helping you explore the complexities of your inner world and navigate life’s challenges, and each of our therapists uses an integrated approach informed by a combination of the following modalities: Internal Family Systems (IFS), psychodynamic theory, attachment theories, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Below, you will find more information about the primary therapeutic pillars our therapists integrate to guide your therapeutic journey. However, keep in mind that therapy sessions with a trained therapist will provide you with personalized guidance and support tailored to your unique needs and goals.

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Nurturing Self-Compassion

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a transformative framework that recognizes the multifaceted nature of the human psyche and allows you to access innate wisdom, resolve inner conflicts, and create a harmonious relationship with yourself. It was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS is a therapeutic model that recognizes the human psyche as a complex system comprised of various “parts.” These parts represent different aspects of your personality, each with its own unique thoughts, emotions, and intentions. IFS Therapy operates on the fundamental principle that these parts are not random or chaotic; they have distinct roles and purposes in your life.

The Three Key Types of Parts in IFS Therapy:

  1. Exiles: These are parts of yourself that carry painful memories, emotions, and traumatic experiences. Exiles are often burdened with feelings of hurt, shame, or fear. IFS Therapy provides a safe space to explore and heal these wounded parts.
  2. Managers: Managers are protective parts that develop strategies to shield you from experiencing the pain of your exiled parts. They often manifest as perfectionism, control, or self-criticism. IFS Therapy helps you understand and transform these protective mechanisms.
  3. Firefighters: Firefighters are reactive parts that activate when your exiles become overwhelming. They can lead to impulsive behaviors, addiction, or emotional outbursts. IFS Therapy supports you in finding healthier ways to manage these reactions.

      A woman hugs herself practicing self-compassion learned in IFS Therapy in Pasadena, CA.

      The Healing Journey with IFS Therapy:

      1. Self-Leadership: The core of IFS Therapy is the concept of the “Self” – the wise, compassionate, and centered core of your being. The therapist helps you connect with your Self, which serves as the healing agent and guide for your internal system.
      2. Unburdening Exiles: Through guided exploration and deep empathy, you can safely address and heal the pain carried by your exiled parts. This process liberates you from the emotional burdens of the past.
      3. Transforming Managers and Firefighters: With newfound awareness and self-compassion, you can work with your protective parts (Managers and Firefighters) to help them relax and fulfill their roles more constructively.
      4. Integration and Wholeness: As you heal and harmonize your internal system, you will experience a sense of wholeness and self-acceptance. This integration empowers you to make choices aligned with your authentic self and value.

      Psychodynamic Theory: Uncovering Hidden Patterns

      Psychodynamic Therapy is rooted in the belief that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are influenced by unconscious processes, often stemming from our early life experiences. This therapy approach helps individuals explore and make sense of these hidden aspects of their psyche, ultimately leading to self-discovery and emotional well-being.

      Key Principles of Psychodynamic Therapy:

      1. Uncovering Unconscious Patterns: The therapist assists you in identifying and understanding unconscious patterns, beliefs, and emotions that may be driving your thoughts and behaviors. This insight provides the foundation for change.
      2. Past and Present Connection: Psychodynamic Therapy recognizes the intricate connection between past experiences and current struggles. By exploring the past, you can gain clarity on how it impacts your present life.
      3. Exploring the Therapeutic Relationship: The relationship between you and your therapist is an essential aspect of the therapy process. It often mirrors other relationships in your life, providing a safe space to work through interpersonal dynamics.
      4. Emotional Expression: Psychodynamic Therapy encourages open emotional expression. The therapist creates a non-judgmental space where you can explore your feelings, even those that may have been repressed. 
      A man works one-on-one with an IFS Therapist in Pasadena, CA.

      Attachment Theories & Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Nurturing Healthy Connections & Secure Bonds

      At Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc., we understand that the bonds we form with others profoundly impact our emotional well-being. Attachment-based therapies, including Emotionally Focused Therapy, are therapeutic approaches that focus on fostering healthy connections, repairing attachment wounds, and creating secure, loving relationships. Attachment Theory posits that early attachment experiences with caregivers significantly influence our emotional and relational patterns throughout life. This therapy approach is designed to help individuals of all ages understand and transform their attachment styles to create more satisfying relationships and achieve emotional well-being.

      Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, is a research-based model that is deeply embedded within Attachment Theory. EFT is especially effective in couples therapy but has also been adapted for individual therapy. It focuses on helping individuals identify and change negative interaction patterns and create secure emotional bonds.

      The Core Principles of Attachment-Based Therapy with EFT:

      1. Understanding Attachment Styles: Attachment-based therapy begins with an exploration of your attachment history and the development of your attachment style. Whether you have an anxious, avoidant, or secure attachment style, therapy provides insight into how it influences your relationships.
      2. Emotion Regulation: EFT emphasizes the importance of emotional regulation. Therapy helps you understand your emotional responses and teaches effective strategies for managing and expressing emotions constructively.
      3. Changing Negative Patterns: EFT focuses on identifying and transforming negative interaction patterns within relationships. This can include the pursuer-distancer cycle common in couples or self-sabotaging patterns in individual relationships.
      4. Creating Secure Bonds: The ultimate goal of EFT is to create secure, loving, and responsive emotional bonds. This involves fostering open communication, vulnerability, and empathetic understanding within relationships.

      Why Choose Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc. for Individual Psychotherapy?

      • Customized Approach: We recognize that each individual’s journey is unique. Our therapy is tailored to your specific needs, goals, and pace, ensuring a personalized and effective experience.
      • Safe and Supportive Environment: Our therapy offices provide a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions openly.
      • Experienced Therapists: With years of experience, our psychotherapists are well-equipped to guide you through your healing and personal growth journey.
      • Evidence-Based Practices: Our therapeutic techniques are grounded in proven psychological theories and methodologies, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.
      • Holistic Well-Being: We believe in fostering overall wellness and growth, addressing not only emotional concerns but also their impact on your life as a whole.

       How to Begin Individual Therapy in Los Angeles, CA

      If you are struggling or exploring, Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc. is here to help. We offer a wide variety of psychotherapy services, from individual therapy to therapy for couples and polycules, family therapy with a focus on high-conflict divorce and court-involved families, group therapy, and more. Follow the steps below to get started on your journey to healing.

      1. Get to know more about our therapy practice here.
      2. Fill out our easy and convenient online contact form.
      3. Begin your journey toward healing.

      Other Mental Health Services Offered at Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc. in Los Angeles

      We offer a wide variety of mental health services to help you at any stage of your mental health journey. This includes trauma and EMDR, child and family services including high conflict divorce and court-involved families, counseling for couples and polycules, LGBTQ+ services, and group therapy.