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Tapping into our natural multiplicity
to heal and grow with IFS

We all have parts..
..little pockets of consciousness that are frozen in time, outside the reach of subsequent learning and experience.
This is part of being human, but if we suffer trauma, our parts can be harder to reach. Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) understands how to tap into this natural multiplicity, to gently heal these young, vulnerable parts of ourselves.

I am a certified and Level 3 trained IFS Psychotherapist and I am dedicated in helping you creating connections between you and all your parts - for a deeper sense of peace, self-love and compassion.

What is Internal Family System?

When you say " a part of me says that..", you have already embraced the basic idea of the Internal Familiy System (IFS) approach.

IFS is a transformative, evidence-based model of understanding how we function - developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. The fundamental idea behind IFS is, that our minds are made up of distinct, often conflicting, parts or sub-personalities, each with its own unique thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These parts are often organized around specific roles or functions and can influence our emotions, actions, and overall well-being.

At the heart of IFS is the experience that there is a calm, compassionate core ‘Self’ within each of us that cannot be damaged. IFS places great emphasis on supporting a relationship between your ‘Self’ and the many parts that make up our system. Self is described via the following descriptors - 8Cs:

  • 1 Compassion
  • 2 Curiosity
  • 3 Confidence
  • 4 Calm
  • 5 Clarity
  • 6 Connected
  • 7 Creativity
  • 8 Courage

However over the course of life this ‘Self’ gets obscured by difficult unprocessed emotions and self-believes, that we experience as a result of challenging situations (such as feeling sad, isolated, unworthy, unlovable, unsafe), and we lose access to our calm and courageous qualities innate in us. Within IFS we call these painful parts ‘exiles’, as the rest of the system would do anything to keep the pain of these parts away.

In order to accomplish that, we have two types of parts that protect us from this pain:

- ‘Managers’ are the protective parts of us that can work really hard, be perfectionists, constantly evaluate, analyse or judge and criticize – as they believe that through achieving, overcompensating and control we will try even harder and it will protect us from the exiled pain. Other managers might live in denial and block any uncomfortable emotions and sensations.

- If the managers don’t succeed, we might get ‘flooded’ by underlying sense of sadness, emptiness or brokenness (feelings that are carried by our exiles) and that’s when the ‘firefighter’ protectors kick in, in form of soothing, numbing or distracting behaviours. These can often be various binging and compulsive behaviours in relationships with food, alcohol or other substances, but also compulsive working, shopping, activity addictions or just scrolling through social media for hours.

IFS is more than just a therapeutic model - it can be helpful in daily life, in relationships of any kind:
When we really know that we and others tend to act from parts of us that are not the whole of us, it allows for the possibility of acting from our compassionate, calm core 'Self' instead

Richard Schwartz, founder of Internal Family System, explains his approach in his own words:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I'll meet you there.


How does IFS Therapy work?

I see my role as an IFS therapist as a guide and companion into your internal system, helping you explore the various parts of yourself with curiosity and compassion. Through a collaborative and non-judgmental process, I can assist you in identifying, understanding, and integrating these internal parts. The beauty of IFS lies in its emphasis on the so-called 'self-leadership' – empowering you to become the expert of your own inner world. If you're seeking a transformative journey towards self-discovery, healing, and personal empowerment, IFS Therapy may be right for you.

My IFS Training and Qualifications

IFS certified Psychotherapist
Level 1, 2 and 3 (=highest level of training)
I am regularly assisting as PA on L1 and L2 as I enjoy accompanying new IFS therapists on their learning journey.

Further IFS Workshops:

Transcending Trauma - Frank G. Anderson
IFS and Attachment Trauma - Osnat Arbel
Compassion for Addictive Process - Cece Sykes
Somatic IFS - Susan McConnell
IFS and the Polyvagal Theory - Alexia Rothman and Deb Dana
Befriending Difficult Protectors - Mike Elkin
Direct Access - an essential IFS Skill - Fran Booth

“Trauma blocks love and connection, and healing our wounds provides access to the love and goodness that is inherent in us all.”



IFS is an evidence-based practice. Despite being a relatively new therapeutic approach, recent meta-analysis found that IFS therapy effectively reduces symptoms of depression, as well as anxiety and trauma-related disorders. The study also found that IFS therapy was more effective than traditional talk therapy in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Find more info about IFS research here

IFS - Ressources

Internal Family System Wien

'Introduction to Internal Family System'
Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz no bad parts

'No Bad Parts'
Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz latest book on IFS.

Richard Schwartz you are the one you've been waiting for

'You are the one you've been waiting for'
Richard Schwartz

Applying IFS to intimate relationships

I am looking forward to hearing from you..

Mag. Margot Davidson, MA

Gussenbauergasse 1/19

1090 Wien

Tel: +43 677 637 516 55


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Mag. Margot Davidson MA - PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIN in WIEN - Gussenbauergasse 1/19, 1090 Wien, T:0043(0)677/63751655 E:margot@davidson.wien | Impressum&DSGVO