Percy Ray Ballard, MD
Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy
I view psychotherapy and meditation as the primary tools I use to aid people with self-discovery and transformation.
My main approach to therapy, as well as coaching, incorporates Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, which I find to be well-suited to most of my clients. IFS is a systematic, non-judgemental and non-pathologizing method of psychotherapy and coaching, designed to focus specifically on how different aspects of your mind (known as subpersonalities or parts) interact with one another, with you as a whole, and with your environment. It provides specific methods to gain access to aspects of your mind that are frequently hidden from your access, and to interact with them in such a way that enables them to release harmful beliefs and heal emotional bruises that we all acquire throughout life. Healthy integration of various parts of our personality, including thought patterns, emotions and behavior patterns, enables better functioning and wellbeing.
I find this method of therapy to be very compatible with spirituality, and therefore well suited for meditation/yoga practitioners, psychedelic/plant-medicine practitioners, as well as others who strive for lasting transformation and are amenable to deep, internal, emotional work. I also find it to be compatible with the other conventional forms of psychotherapy from which I draw (CBT, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, positive psychology), and my understanding of neurobiology and psychopharmacology.
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