80: Internal Family Systems: Parts In Parenting with Gina Abbeduto, LCPC, C-IFST

Gina Abbeduto has been in the helping profession for the last 20 years, working as a psychotherapist and teaching psychology. Her work as a therapist revolves around the belief that clients are the experts in their own lives. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law & Society from Purdue University in 1995, she completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University in 1998. Since that time, she has practiced in various settings, including a psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. She also taught undergraduate psychology at Benedictine University and graduate psychology at Lewis University and facilitated training programs for Job Corps in Joliet, Illinois. She has a private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she brings her expertise in effective, non-pathologizing models such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy – mindfulness-infused models which offer clients the gift of embracing the power to change and create new meaning in their lives.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The basics of Internal Family Systems
  • Common “parts” that come up in parenting
  • The fears that come with parenting and how to manage them
  • The importance of letting your child experience raw emotions
  • Learning to let go of the “supermom” fantasy
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