Emma E. Redfern

Online Psychotherapy Services

based in Honiton, Devon

Emma E. Redfern

BACP Senior-Accredited Psychotherapist & Internal Family Systems Therapy Professional

About me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting.

I am a BACP Senior-Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Certified IFS Therapist, Approved IFS Clinical Consultant, editor of Internal Family Systems therapy: Supervision and Consultation (Routledge), author of Transitioning to Internal Family Systems Therapy: A Companion for Therapists and Practitioners (Routledge), and co-editor with Helen Foot of the multi-author book Freeing Self: IFS Beyond the Therapy Room (B. C. Allen Publishing Group).

In November, 2023, Gayle Williamson and I launched a podcast series for IFS professionals, Purely IFS.

I am not taking on new referrals, nor do I run a waiting list at present.

Ethical and professional practice

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure. A new Ethical Framework was formally adopted on 1st July 2018 and can be found online here. To review or act on the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure, please click here to begin that process.


Emma E. Redfern Online Psychotherapy Services offers Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, supervision/consultation, and CPD. Emma E. Redfern identifies as an Internal Family Systems therapist, supervisor, editor and author.


Redfern Psychotherapy Services is based in Honiton, EX14, less than 20 miles from Exeter (EX14), Devon, UK.


Search for this website using IFS Internal Family Systems therapy supervision consultation psychotherapy IFS editor Devon.


Author photo credit: Rosie Parsons and her Exeter-based team

Internal Family Systems Therapy and Consultation

Internal Family Systems therapy is a comprehensive and transformative therapy approach arising out of systems thinking and multiplicity of mind. Devised by Richard C. Schwartz, the IFS model conceives of inner parts and a Self that is just below or beyond the parts. Creating inner Self-to-part relationships and working with one’s parts IFS-style, brings transformational healing and increased Self-leadership. A virtuous cycle occurs of more access to Self and Self's healing qualities and nature. The IFS paradigm offers a way of relating to oneself and others which is non-pathologising, empowering and transformative. IFS brings greater self-understanding, self-acceptance, inner harmony, personal growth and trust in Self-leadership; in the IFS model all parts are welcome.


Click here to read Dr. Schwartz’s article “The Larger Self”, his first-hand account of how he developed and uses IFS and its extraordinary, transformative effect for him personally and for his clients.

This book is the first dedicated to the supervision and consultation of Internal Family Systems therapy. It features 14 chapters by 16 authors (14 from the US and 2 from the UK), including an interview with the founder, Richard C. Schwartz, as well as an introduction by Martha Sweezy. It is a stimulating, challenging, and encouraging read for supervisees and supervisors alike and anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of IFS.

Available for purchase, a 1.5-hr recording in which the editor talks about her journey editing this book and writing her book on conscious transitioning to IFS: Two Psychotherapist Writers in Conversation with Karin Brauner and Emma Redfern.

Transitioning to Internal Family Systems Therapy

published on 27 April 2023


This book is a guide to resolving common areas of confusion and stuckness often experienced when facilitating the transformational potential of the IFS model. Real-life clinical as well as autobiographical material is used, together with insights from the developer Richard C. Schwartz and other lead trainers and professionals. Featuring reflective and practical exercises, therapists and practitioners (those without a foundational therapy training) are encouraged to get to know and attend to their own inner family of parts, especially those who may be struggling to embrace the new modality. Endnotes provide and direct the reader to core IFS teaching, while reflective statements showcase glimpses of the experience of professionals on their own journey of transition.

See CPD Opportunities re a 1.5-hr recording of the workshop & book launch.

Freeing Self: IFS Beyond the Therapy Room

A #1 bestseller on Amazon on the day of publication Friday 27 October, 2023

This book showcases how the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model is being used in setting beyond the therapy room in New Zealand, the US, Australia, and the UK and Europe. These settings include intuitive drawing groups, online with groups of black men, at the nutritionists and physiotherapists, in yoga classes, and at summer camp. The book highlights the impact of IFS, and even a little IFS goes a very long way, when working with a multiplicity of issues: decision-making, intimate partner betrayal, gender and sexual identity, money burdens, and legacy, cultural and unattached burdens, body tensions and holding, as well as struggles around food and the body. The contributors details their unique experiences of combining aspects of IFS with their passion or purpose in life, and of sharing the model with professional colleagues.

Qualities of Self

Self is an unlimited personal and universal resource that has no fear, no need and feels no separation from others. It is characterised by:

calm

curiosity

compassion

confidence

courage/fearlessness

connectedness

clarity

creativity

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Published articles

Professional Transitioning - An article recommending transitioning to a new modality rather than, or before, integrating it. This article was first published in Therapy Today, the journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


A superviser reflects on the complexities of therapists communicating 'no' - a reflective article highlighting the importance of boundaries including the therapist's ability to say 'yes' and 'no' and to lead their inner worlds despite ever-growing complexity in the external world. This article was peer reviewed and published in The Irish Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy, summer 2022.


Self in Internal Family Systems therapy – a dialogue with Robin Shohet about IFS, published in Thresholds, April 2022


Dark and Light: What Our Psychotherapy Heroes Reveal About Ourselves and Our Profession - a reflective article honouring four of my current psychotherapy heroes, peer-reviewed and published in The Irish Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy, winter, 2021.


The Drama Triangle and Healthy Triangle in Supervision – focuses on the quality of the supervisory relationship and unconscious processes that may get in the way of a sound working alliance, peer reviewed and published in The Irish Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy, spring 2021


Three-Legged Stool – an article about the therapeutic relationship, published in the BACP Private Practice Journal, June 2019.


Feedback in Supervision – an exploration of how two-way feedback can facilitate a sound working alliance, published in Therapy Today, the journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, October 2014.


DIY Therapy - a short viewpoint article about my role as a psychotherapist in making myself obsolete as I assist clients to self-heal and find their own inner resources for therapy and for life beyond therapy. This published in Therapy Today, the journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, April 2010.

IFS CPD Opportunities

2024 CPD Opportunities with Onlinevents Featuring Emma Redfern (online workshops & recordings)

There are a number of IFS-related workshops planned for the first half of 2024:

IFS and You: An IFS Take on the Drama Triangle and the Healthy Triangle (2hrs x 3 Mar/Apr - recordings available)

IFS and You: Orienting to a New Modality (2hrs x 2 Apr - 2nd will not be recorded)

The 8 Facets Model of IFS Supervision (2hrs as part of Onlinevents International Supervision Week June - recording available)

Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Have You Covered All Your Bases With Your Supervision Service? with Karin Brauner (2hrs as part of Onlinevents International Supervision Week June - recording available)

Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Purely IFS with Emma and Gayle (an IFS podcast)

This podcast is for you if you are a psychotherapist, practitioner, and IFS professional who is transitioning to using the Internal Family Systems model in your work. If you are already a seasoned IFS professional and just like listening to podcasts, you are most welcome too!

Gayle Williamson and I have been using IFS for many years and will be discussing key aspects of the model, going over skills, and generally sharing our take on things IFS. I live in the Southwest of England, Gayle lives in Ireland and we wanted to provide a homegrown podcast focusing solely on IFS (hence the title).

You can find us here and on other major podcast platforms: Purely IFS with Emma and Gayle Podcast on Spotify

IFS and You: Beginning and Developing a Practice (recording)

Hosted by onlinevents on 8 May 2023, a recording is available for purchase here

Join the author as she introduces her latest book, Transitioning to Internal Family Systems Therapy: A Companion for Therapists and Practitioners, written to support those transitioning to becoming proficient as IFS therapists or using IFS with skill and efficacy within their professional context.

During this workshop, the author shares her own Circle of Professional Authority (featured in the book) including some of her thoughts on values, ethics and boundaries.

The workshop is likely to be an ideal taster for those considering buying the book; provide a unique introduction for participants on the concepts of values, ethics and boundaries; and provide a refresher for those who may want to revisit professional practices and ideas to which they may not have given much thought in a while, or not from an IFS perspective.


Integrating IFS into Supervision and Consultation, Liz Martins with Emma Redfern (recording)

A recording of two online workshops by IFS Institute Lead Trainer, Liz Martins with guest speaker Emma Redfern (IFS editor and author) in 2021. Hosted by Life Architect in Poland, click here for more information and to purchase.

Two Psychotherapist Writers in Conversation: Karin Brauner and Emma Redfern (recording)

1.5 hr recording available for purchase here: Onlinevents


In this workshop, Emma and Karin have a conversation about how they became authors, what led them to choose their topics, and how you can do the same. They share about the process of writing and their different publishing choices and options. Attendees will receive an A to Z of writing and publishing a book as a quick guide to help you get started and stay on track.

One of the attendees to the live event emailed to say the workshop was just right for her: "The flow was just wonderful and sequenced perfectly. I appreciate the informative flow between two authors who wrote totally different books and published in different ways. I really liked the questions back and forth. ... I cannot wait to dive into the handout you shared. There is so much information packed into those few pages. I know I'll find good stuff."

Thank you Diana Dugan Richards, RDN, LDN, and Certified IFS Nutrition Therapist. Check out Diana's chapter about becoming an IFS nutrition professional in Freeing Self: IFS Beyond the Therapy Room.

IFS/Yoga Inner Leader Retreat in the Azores, May 2024

Join Annie Weiss and Rimi Chakraborty as they guide you to release your whole self, transform limitations, conflicts, and thought patterns for effective communication, conflict resolution, and your ability to lead authentically and inspire meaningful change.

The retreat includes morning yoga + movement, leadership workshops using the IFS model, along with hikes and powerful experiences in nature.

For more details and to book click here

PESI UK Blogs

Retraining in Internal Family Systems: No IFS, Ands, or Buts (free online)

10 January, 2024

Author: Emma Redfern

What are the 'non-negotiables' of a particular therapeutic modality, and what challenges might these pose for a qualified therapist looking to retrain? With increasing numbers of practitioners showing an interest in transitioning to Internal Family Systems, psychotherapist, Certified IFS Therapist and author Emma Redfern highlights common stumbling blocks when moving from a 'counteractive' to a 'transformative' therapy style - and explains why she holds a firm line on following the IFS model.


Links

IFS Consultation Groups

Laura Schmidt, LMFT

IFS Group Consultation for IFS Certification

Process Groups for IFS Therapists

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

First & Third Wednesday Pause for Calm & Connection 12pm PT

www.lauraschmidtlmft.com

Dr R Jey Hiott, PhD Psychologist

Works with adults and couples (IFIO) and has experience of working with children and families.

Offering individual and small-group consultation with hours counting towards IFSI Certification.

Sliding scale. Based in Asheville, NC.

Call on 828-768-5459 or email jeyhiott@gmail.com

For a list of approved IFS consultants and supervisors with availability, click here

The One Inside: An IFS Podcast hosted by Tammy Sollenberger

See Episode 152 IFS and Freeing Self with Emma Redfern where we talk about:

  • my story and trusting the inner "Yes"
  • my writing journey and current writing projects
  • IFS supervision and creating one's professional identity and offering
  • not "IFS-ing away" our parts
  • Self's ability to bear and be with multiple realities
  • the nature of success and how showing up can = success


IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapists and practitioners
Counsellors

Michelle G. Hayes Counselling, MA

Relationship therapist, trainer, career coaching and IFS-informed children and young people therapist

In-person, via zoom and walk and talk Dorchester area

for more information and to contact, click here


Catherine Allen (EX14)

Integrative Counsellor, MBACP

07444 035009

See www.silkhaycounselling.com


Judy Gibbons MBACP

Counselling, EFT and Yoga-informed Therapy

Topsham, EX3

See www.judygibbonscounselling.co.uk


See also BACP website


and Counselling Directory website

Discover the extraordinary stress release of TRE (Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises)

Release stress; heal trauma (both physical and emotional); reclaim health and wellbeing. Learn how to release deeply held tension comfortably, naturally and with ease. Yog and TRE is available in person in Devon TQ13.


Jo Hamilton

Advanced TRE Practitioner and Mentor

Tele: 07714 253992 for a chat or

Email: jopureyoga@gmail.com

www.johamiltonyoga.co.uk

For Young People

Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day, see www.kooth.com