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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Couple Therapy Skills Manual

Healing Relationships with Intimacy from the Inside Out

Toni Herbine-Blank, MSN, RN |  Martha Sweezy, PhD
Publication Date:
Mar 15, 2021
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You can help even the most conflicted, disconnected couples restore and heal their relationship.

IFS Couple Therapy Skills Manual presents clinicians with a powerful, non-pathologizing approach to helping couples better understand themselves, their differences, and the underlying reasons for their suffering.

Working from the lens of Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) – a branch of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy – the authors provide a highly successful therapy that allows couples to feel understood, to decrease shame, and to reestablish loving connections. Inside you’ll find:

  • Step-by-step techniques
  • Case examples
  • Experiential exercises
  • Clear treatment explanations
  • Downloadable worksheets



Toni Herbine-Blank, MSN, RN's Profile

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Toni Herbine-Blank, MSN, RN, IFS Senior Trainer for the IFS Institute and is the developer of Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).

Toni was trained in Family Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her RN and advanced practice degree in Psychiatric Nursing. She began training students in Internal Family Systems Therapy in 2004 and since has been instrumental in designing programs and writing curricula for Levels 1 and 2 IFS training programs. Toni has been in private practice since 1996 specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals. In 2009, after designing a training for IFS therapists to apply the model to couples therapy, Toni offered the first Intimacy from the Inside Out© Training Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then the program has been received with great enthusiasm across the United States.

Toni's passion is in guiding therapists to become courageous, clear and confident. She has a reputation for being a creative, lively, and fiercely compassionate trainer. Toni lives in Durango, Colorado with her husband Jordan. They enjoy the magnificent outdoors whenever possible accompanied by their horses and dogs.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Toni Herbine Blank maintains a Psychotherapy Practice and has employment relationships with Intimacy from the Inside Out©, and The Center for Self Leadership. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Toni Herbine Blank has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Martha Sweezy, PhD's Profile

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Martha Sweezy, PhD, is a part-time assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a research and training consultant at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and a psychotherapist at a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has published articles on IFS in peer-reviewed journals, co-edited two books on various applications of IFS, and co-authored three treatment manuals on IFS (on trauma, couple therapy, and now addictions), as well as the second edition of Internal Family Systems Therapy with Richard Schwartz. Her next book, which explores shame and guilt in the context of psychic multiplicity, will be published by Guilford Press in 2023.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Martha Sweezy maintains a private practice. She is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sweezy is an author for PESI Publishing & Media; and Guilford Press and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Martha Sweezy has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Therapists working from this perspective will be informed and enriched by this manual’s depth and thoroughness, and expertly guided around the IFS interface of their interacting ‘parts’.
-- Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, authors of Getting the Love You Want

This skills manual provides a necessary bridge between differentiation and attachment, empowering therapists to sharpen their therapeutic focus and effectiveness in facilitating healing conversations.
-- George Faller, LMFT, EFT Trainer

Herbine-Blank and Sweezy’s manual is elegantly simple and stunningly profound. Therapeutic models are often easier to teach than they are to integrate into one’s own therapeutic practice. This manual shows us how to utilize their treatment model, Intimacy from the Inside Out, and the myriad of case examples shows us the amazing results. Couple after couple is able to let down their guard and learn how to open their hearts to each other with tenderness and compassion. Bateson famously said, “The map is not the territory.” But this book is a map that is as close to being in the room with IFIO’s masters as one could hope to be. It’s a treasure map. It could transform your practice.
--David Treadway, PhD, therapist, educator, author of Treating Couples Well, A Practical Guide to Collaborative Couple Therapy


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