Therapists Providing Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Boston Area

Internal Family Systems (IFS) increases self-awareness by exploring the different sub-personalities or “parts” of the mind and nurturing and deepening the connection to the self. The therapist and client work together to understand, engage, and reduce destructive parts of the mind, allowing clients to enjoy the peace and freedom of leading a self-directed life.

Find therapists in Boston Area who are trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) below. All providers have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Riser + Tread

Riser + Tread

49 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA, 02421

Online Sessions, MA

383 Elliot Street, Newton, MA, 02464

9 Pond Lane, Concord, MA, 01742

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

The experts in young male mental fitness, Riser+Tread aims to help young guys step up and move forward in their lives through a combination of therapy and coaching.  While the typical client at Riser+Tread is male between 8-25 years of age, their work has spanned the entire age and gender range.

Riser+Tread is uniquely feedback-driven and goal-oriented. Clients leave with concrete steps they can take, strategies they can use, and insight that quickly generates personal momentum.


Brian  Bermack

Brian Bermack

5 Water Street, Arlington, MA, 02476

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I know it's not easy to make the decision to see a therapist. I don't know yet what difficult things are going on in your life right now, but there's probably more than it feels like you can manage. That's why you're here - and the last thing I would want to do is to add to that burden. As a therapist, I do my best to make you feel safe and comfortable working with me from the very first time we talk - but I also know that it may take some time for you to trust me enough to tell me everything you want me to know, or to be ready to hear any suggestions I might have for you. That's fine. We'll go at your pace, whether you're ready to dive right into your biggest challenges today, or take some time to decide whether I'm the person you trust to help you.

If you do decide to trust me, there are many different ways I might be able to help you. You may be looking for specific suggestions to help you cope with specific problems, like insomnia or anxiety attacks or conflicts with co-workers. I can probably offer some. Or you may feel the need to have someone you can share your feelings with, who won't judge you or shame you or tell you what to do. I can be that person. You may not really know what you need yet - you might just know that you're not living the life you want to live, but not really know why or what will help. I can help you sort through what your goals are, what's getting in your way, and what can help you achieve them. For some people, a few sessions of therapy is all they need to learn some new skills that help get them past a challenge. For others, therapy may be an ongoing source of valuable support for many years. But we'll take it one session at a time. The first step is reaching out and setting up an appointment. I look forward to getting to know you and finding out how I can help you.


David  Harrison

David Harrison

259 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Good therapy requires the trust that comes from feeling respected and understood. My clients - many of whom have histories of childhood trauma and stubborn, treatment resistant depression - tell me that they appreciate my calm, kind, straightforward style. I listen, talk, interpret, untangle, drawing on my professional and life experience to address your individual needs and priorities. Therapy is serious but it doesn’t have to be grim. Together we will identify goals, overcome obstacles and help you make positive change.


Greg  Carpenter

Greg Carpenter

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

It is important to find the therapist that feels like the right fit. We come with different personalities, ideas and tools about how to be helpful. My passion for working as a counselor is to help you live life from your solid and centered self.
As I hear your story, we identify your gifts/resources, find obstacles that keep you stuck and work together to release them. Sometimes that means being focused on your outer world and environment. Other times, it means turning inward to discover and let go whatever is keeping you blocked.
I believe life is meant to be experienced, enjoyed and have purpose. You are a unique individual and deserve an approach that is customized to fit your needs (no one-size-fits all). We are all much more than any label or diagnosis. Guiding me in my work as a counselor is a passion for helping people to find their voice, to feel more awake, alive and empowered.


Mallory  Kroll

Mallory Kroll

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My work with clients focuses on providing client centered and strength-based psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. I work to empower clients to look at deep-rooted patterns, explore and strengthen identity, gain a better understanding of past experiences and figure out ways to get unstuck. Often the first step is to allow the dark in order to see the light; to identify what's no longer working in order to make room for what will. What's holding you back from having what you really want? It's possible, and you're so deserving of this.

I also offer psychotherapeutic Reiki and incorporate energy and intuitive healing into sessions. Reiki in combination with psychotherapy creates a profound effect on people's emotional lives, their relationships, as well as their physical health. This approach fosters the mind-body connection and is rooted in non-judgement, self-compassion and acceptance.

It's my belief that we all posses everything we need within ourselves to heal and create change. You are the true expert on you, and there is a part of you and an inherent guidance system that is just waiting to be heard and seen. Reach out, connect! You deserve this space, and I'd love to support you.


Wai-Por (Richard) Cheng

Wai-Por (Richard) Cheng

Online Sessions, MA

185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $150 per session

Seeking help used to be challenging. It is now however the easiest time to seek therapy I have ever seen. It only takes your focus and willingness to take care of yourself by connecting with the right match of your needs today. Thanks.


Paul  Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

24 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

No matter what circumstances led us to where we are today, I believe that we all have the potential to be happy and content. It takes work to get there, but with a commitment to therapy, you’ll soon find yourself on the path to a better future.

Choosing to begin therapy and addressing difficult emotions, behaviors, and thinking patterns head-on is an act of courage and bravery. I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment with you.


Keavy  Smith

Keavy Smith

Online Sessions, MA

69 Agnes Drive, Framingham, MA, 01701

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I believe therapy is an essential part of processing and working through many of life's changes and challenges. Something we can all benefit from, I don’t see it as a need to be “fixed” or that something is “wrong.” Everyone has their own challenges and life can be difficult but it can also be a fun and joyful journey when you work on yourself and address the experiences and behaviors that may be holding you back.

It’s my honor to support you to pursue the life you desire and have always deserved. Each of us has a purpose and we can live the best life possible despite difficulty, challenges, and even trauma, while bringing more joy into the journey.


Karen  Seif

Karen Seif

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $125 per session

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/I learn by going where I have to go." These words from Theodore Roethke's beautiful poem "The Waking" describe my approach to life and to therapy. Each day is a new beginning, part of a longer journey, and an opportunity to grow into the person you're meant to be. I view therapy as a collaboration, and I genuinely appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of each of my clients. I will help you embrace health and wellness, develop self-knowledge, value your inherent worth, build advocacy and leadership skills, and constructively cope with the complex challenges of life.


Brian  Orr

Brian Orr

319 Littleton Road, Westford, MA, 01886

Online Sessions, MA

117 Appleton Street, Boston, MA, 02116

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I am a big believer that, when we are able to feel more at peace with ourselves, we find greater joy in life. The journey to feeling peaceful and satisfied is not always smooth–it can feel so personal that we may avoid talking about the “bumps” with our loved ones. Talking with (and thinking together with) someone who is objective & private can be so useful. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over seven years of clinical experience. I have worked with patients who have felt down, worried about every day stressors, dealt with burnout, struggled with a work/life balance, and wanted to find more satisfaction out of life.

I have also worked with people who wanted to make changes but did not know where to begin. I have worked with those clients to help them identify their individual needs, and I collaborate with them to help find ways to move forward. My goal as a therapist is to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you are able to express yourself.

Together, we can help you further develop self-compassion. This will lead you to feel more present at work, with family and friends, and things you feel passionate about in life. I am also skilled in working with people who have struggled with substances in the past and are looking to continue in recovery, as well as family/friends of those using substances.


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