“What if I could show you a way to reconnect with the whole of who you are, in service to your highest purpose as you know it? What if I could help you break out of the invisible prison in which you have been living–the one that keeps you small and scared?”
I speak with Dr. Angela Heubner, author of Jailbreak: The Making and Breaking of Our Invisible Prisons; An IFS Informed Escape Angela describes this beautiful model of natural multiplicity of the mind, in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): “We are inherently good.” And she describes just how different IFS is from conventional psychology like cognitive behavioral therapy. Angela talks about the most common protective parts of us, what she calls our prison guards: the pleaser, the worry-wort, the perfectionist, and the logician.
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Dr. Angela Heubner has been studying and working in the field of mental health for more than 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nebraska, and a masters and Ph.D. in Family Studies & Human Development at the University of Arizona. For 17 years, she was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Human Development’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Virginia Tech in Falls Church, VA. Heubner taught both clinical and research courses, supervised graduate students in their clinical work, and conducted and published research related to military families and adjustment.
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