Featured Mobius Practitioners: Dr. Richard Schwartz

“In this age of highly technical therapies, manualized methodologies, and pharmaceutical propaganda, it’s hard to remember the healing potential of your openhearted presence.”

Mobius Senior Expert Dr Richard Schwartz is a pioneering psychotherapist and developer of Internal Family Systems, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic approaches in the United States.

He earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of Associate Professor at both institutions. He is coauthor, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It is considered revolutionary by experts worldwide including Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and Gabor Maté, known for his ground-breaking work in addiction.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.

Recommended Video:

Working with Different Parts of Ourselves: Hour-long overview of IFS delivered at the Next Practice Institute by Dr Richard Schwartz. Watch here