liz Covey MA, LMHC, LPC, LMT
Psychotherapist & Integration Coach
Compassionate Complex Trauma & IFS Parts Work
Individual Adult Therapy
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
As of Spring 2023:
Liz Is Not Accepting New Therapy Clients into Her Practice at This Time. She is Accepting New Clients for Psychedelic Integration Work Only
(but this type of work precludes ongoing, weekly sessions)
The primary modalities employed in my practice are Internal Family Systems (IFS), adult attachment work, and spiritual/meaning-making and integrative approaches
Specifically, this means that we are working directly with "parts" (see below) or emotions, as well as with themes that make themselves known in one's life in the way or problems or symptoms. When we approach therapy this way, we aim to work more experientially, and less with cognitive understanding or analysis as the primary modality of healing. The main focus is on accessing deeper levels of the whole self, for it is the deeper level trauma that drives the entire internal system. It is from those traumatized parts (known in IFS as "exiles") that we get signals (or symptoms) indicating that we are off track, or in need of further healing.
In IFS therapy we go towards the symptoms, for they hold the key to the lock of what is yet unhealed...
Therefore, this practice is not as solution-focused as other therapies. Instead, we place emphasis on the practice of deep listening, and developing inner knowing, trust, and intuition.
This type of work is applicable to severe PTSD, depression, anxiety, questions of identity, as well as to more everyday conflicts or situations.
Liz's typical client has had many years of therapy without much relief or improvement with core wounds, and has had entrenched psychological or relational problems that no single pathology can fully explain.
[The] revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.
― Tara Brach
Internal Family Systems Therapy:
Where All Parts of You Are Welcomed
Here are the Basic Assumptions of the IFS Model, from the IFS
It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided into an indeterminate number of subpersonalities or parts.
Everyone has a Self, and the Self can and should lead the individual's internal system.
The non-extreme intention of each part is something positive for the individual. There are no "bad" parts, and the goal of therapy is not to eliminate parts but instead to help them find their non-extreme roles.
As we develop, our parts develop and form a complex system of interactions among themselves; therefore, systems theory can be applied to the internal system. When the system is reorganized, parts can change rapidly.
Changes in the internal system will affect changes in the external system and vice versa. The implication of this assumption is that both the internal and external levels of system should be assessed.
Here is Link to a Detailed Overview of the IFS Model from the IFS Institute Website:
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