The premise of Internal Family Systems (IFS), developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, is that each individual possesses a number of sub-personalities or parts. Sometimes these parts are in conflict. For example, one part of you may want to do something like leave your partner or job, but another part of you does not want to. IFS is a method in which to get to know and understand these parts, coordinated by the Self, in order to achieve inner harmony, balance and healing. In IFS, the Self is seen as who we truly are and is the undamaged, resourceful Self at the core of every person. By accessing and working with the Self it creates a safe, effective way to heal other more wounded, extreme parts that need unburdening and healing.