Applying somatic principles to the Internal Family Systems model
SUSAN MCCONNELL, senior trainer for the Center for Self Leadership, has taught Internal Family Systems (IFS) in the U.S. and internationally since 1997. Somatic IFS, which McConnell developed in 2004, is a synthesis of her forty years of study, teaching, and clinical practice with bodywork, psychotherapy, and spiritual practices. McConnell holds a Master's Degree with an emphasis on Somatic Psychology, and is a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and a Certified Hakomi Therapist. She was also instrumental in curriculum development for IFS trainings and, as a Hakomi faculty member, for a training for bodyworkers using the Hakomi Method to explore through touch the way mind, body, heart, and spirit weave together to form the client's experiential world. McConnell has had a private practice since 1983 in Chicago, where she offers bodymind integration and consultation.
"Susan McConnell brilliantly weaves together science, clinical
stories, and experiential practices to bring Somatic IFS to life
for her reader. The deep wisdom she embodies from years of studying
the bodymind is felt in each of the five practices that are the
foundation of Somatic IFS and in her clear yet lyrical explanation
of the body systems that inform each practice. McConnell is an
expert guide to learning to listen to somatic stories and finding
the way to Embodied Self."
-Deb Dana, LCSW, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy
"Susan McConnell writes from her heart and her embodied experience, as a counselor and an explorer in the somatic world. This book is an expression of her whole life and career, and yet the ideas are kept alive and honest through the immediacy of her practices-in psychotherapy, in somatics, and in spirituality. I hope that this book is read widely both in and beyond the IFS community."
-Susan Aposhyan, LPC, author of Body-Mind Psychotherapy