“Your Exile is Showing”: Integrating Sandtray with Internal Family Systems Therapy

Brie Turns, Paul Springer, Brandon P. Eddy, D. Scott Sibley

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Abstract

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is an experiential model of therapy and views individuals as having numerous “parts” inside of them. These parts maintain a specific role in a client’s life and fall under one of the three categories–managers, exiles, and firefighters. Due to the experiential aspect of IFS and the concept of blending, visualizing the parts inside of a client can become challenging at best and impossible, at worst. This article provides a framework for integrating sandtray therapy with IFS to help clients name, visualize, and see the progress of their parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-90
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Family therapy
  • internal family systems
  • sandtray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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