what is

Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Internal Family Systems Melbourne is

“Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing.  Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.

IFS is a movement. A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and helps the world become a more compassionate place.” (From the IFS Website)

To find out more about Internal Family Systems Therapy you can watch IFS Founder Dick Schwartz give an overview of the model here.

What to expect in an

IFS Therapy Session with Lucine

    Just as all therapeutic process, IFS is a process, and takes place over a series of sessions. Many clients work with a variety of different “Parts” and consider this as an ongoing commitment. Some people choose to work with a particular theme that is current to their lives and  commit to a series of 3-5 sessions to explore the Parts involved with that theme, and then pause. This will become clear during our initial session together.

    The sessions begin with an initial intake “vision” form, asking you to describe how things are currently in your life and how you would ideally like to feel in your life.  Often IFS sessions require you to get still and “go inward” to tune into parts of yourself that are hard to.

    Pricing and

    How to book

      Due to the increase of demand for Internal Family Systems sessions, the process as of January 2024 is for all new clients to begin with a free 20 minute check in session to ensure that the IFS process is a good fit. You can book a free 20 minute check in session here.

      Sessions are based on a 75 minute sessions in person (Elwood and Thornbury) or via Zoom. If in person please confirm in advance as different locations are available on set days. Zoom is a possibility Monday-Friday

      Once you have done the check in and for  ongoing clients there are packages available here, which offer a discount of up to 10% less than booking single sessions.

      "I had done some past work but struggled to integrate and find cohesion. Body movement is a universal language that has bridged the language barrier between parts of self. Combining 5Rhythms and IFS has brought me to a place of unity within me that I've never experienced."

      Zane Williams, Melbourne

      "How to describe Lucine? No one label fits. Neither counsellor nor therapist do her justice. She’s a wise teacher, a best friend, a shaman, a spirit guide. She’s my lifeline through major life transitions and the smaller, still challenging, bumps in life. I can share all parts of me with her, even those thoughts I dare not voice to myself, much less to anyone else, and I still feel accepted and loved. At times I feel like she’s working a kind of magic, weaving together threads in my life I haven't recognised. She knows exactly what to say to guide me, to comfort me, to shed light, to challenge me and my limiting beliefs in a loving way. She enables me to go to the places my soul craves and my mind fears. She knows how to walk the line between giving me the love and support I need and when to hold me accountable and push me out of the nest so I can fly on my own. She’s a conduit to a higher wisdom already in me but forgotten along the way. That remembering is like finding my way home and belonging again. "

      Michelle Swenson, Senior IT Business Analyst, Melbourne, Australia

      "I have been working with Lucine in one on one sessions for some years. She is like a dive buddy. Always there when I need support being brave, looking out for my best interests and reminding me to be present and to do the work. It isn't easy. Sessions usually bring a wave of emotions as we dive beneath the surface and explore the depths. I believe I am living more of my life. I am able to give more to my loved ones, to be present and to be honest. I hope I have Lucine in my life for many more years."

      H.B, Tender Manager, Melbourne

      "I really benefit from the immediacy of the sessions and the gifts and messages that come to me through movement. These “take-home’s” play into my week, helping to inform how I interact with and interpret the surroundings and situations I find myself in. With a raised awareness and embodied perspective, my understanding is deepened, and thoughtfully layered through the lens of the learnings gleaned from each session. It’s a rewarding self-gift, and with her intuitive, considered, fun and caring approach, Lucine gets to the heart of the matter, and the dance begins. Thanks Lucine, I didn’t realise just how worthwhile this would be until I experienced it and I’m so glad I did."

      Lainie C. (Art Therapist) St. Kilda, VIC, Australia

      "I respect Lucine’s work and enjoy her classes. I also love all things to do with the soul’s evolution into love but Lucine takes this from a different perspective to my work. From my position she works with the shadow side of the human psyche and her workshop allowed me to reconnect with a lost side of my childhood. I found this immensely rewarding and satisfying and I left the series feeling like I had gained deeper insight into another aspect of my life. I highly recommend Lucine as a facilitator and I thoroughly enjoyed her Empowered Body series workshop."

      Joanne Terkel,  Psychologist, Dance Movement Therapist (prov DMT), Creator of DanSc – Dance Acceptance New Spirit Connection

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