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PROF. RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, Ph.D.
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University. He developed the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy in response to clients' descriptions of various extreme “parts” or sub-personalities within themselves. He used his background as a systems-oriented family therapy to understand and change these inner networks of parts in clients. He also discovered that when clients’ parts relaxed, a state he called the Self would emerge spontaneously and when in that state, clients related to themselves with compassion and confidence that would help their parts transform. While designed as an approach to psychotherapy, IFS has expanded to inform a wide variety of contemplative practices and spiritual traditions, and is used for conflict resolution. It is taught throughout the USA, Europe, and Israel. Dr. Schwartz lives in Brookline, MA.