IFS & Sexuality Clinical Consultation Group

“There are few issues that trigger our parts more than sex. There is no one who has provided a better map to lift us out of that morass and into Self led bliss than Patty Rich.” Richard Schwartz, Founder, Internal Family Systems model

Patty has a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on sexuality and the IFS model.  She has created a new and fresh approach with tools and techniques that can be easily used with clients to help them identify and work through sexual issues to heal and improve such an important aspect of their lives.  After being a part of her workshop and consultation group I feel more competent and capable with a new set of tools to use with my clients, and to apply to my own life.”  Brenda Smith MA, LPC (she, her)

“​​It is my absolute pleasure to share my experience in Patty Rich’s first IFS Self-Led Sexuality Group that ran this year (2021). Patty’s expertise, combined with her deeply compassionate and calm manner of leadership, afforded a welcoming, open forum from the very start. Through her unique lens of the “6 S’s” I was able to develop and deepen my understanding of the complexity of sexuality in a profound way. The structure of the group carefully allowed for mindfulness exercises structured around the 6 S’s, individual clinical case presentations and Patty’s theoretical concepts and IFS strategies. I felt inspired after each group session; and I plan to continue to invite my clients’ curiosity about befriending the myriad, layered sexual Parts that help to hinder and fuel their own Selves.”  Marina Kelton, BEd., RP.

Overview: This 6 session monthly online group will offer therapists the opportunity to deepen their skills and self-awareness using IFS to address sexual concerns that arise during clinical work, informed by the presenters conceptualization of Self-Led Sexuality. It will focus thematically on one of the 6 S’s of Sexual Self energy each meeting and include some combination of meditation, speaking for parts, demos, teaching, and participant presentations of a case or professional issue. It is not expected that each participant will present each time but that all will have opportunities during the progression of the group.


This group is for licensed therapists with Level One IFS training or significant exposure to the IFS model such as the IFS-Institute Online Circle and Continuity Program, experiential introductory workshop, etc. Some education or professional experience addressing sexuality would be helpful but not required, as would having previously taking one of Patty’s didactic offerings on Self-Led Sexuality.

Recommended Reading:

Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard Schwartz and Martha Sweezey

Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy by Susan McConnell

What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex by Stephanie Buehler


Next Cycle Dates/Group B:

All sessions are on Fridays from 1-3 p.m. EST on Zoom and will include a short break.

September 10, 2021

October 8

November 12

December 10

January 14, 2022



The series of 6 sessions costs $495. Participation will be capped at 6 participants. Please check the dates in advance as there will not be fee adjustments based on missed sessions. Due to confidentiality concerns, sessions will not be recorded. Reduced fee option on limited basis, particularly for members of under-represented/marginalized groups.

For More Information and To Register:

Send email to prich@relatingwellcenter.com to set up a brief screening phone call. Then, payment accepted via paypal.

Regarding IFS Certification:

If you have completed Level 1 IFS training and meet the other IFS-I requirements, these hours may count toward IFS Clinical Consultation group hours. There will not be CE’s offered.

About Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST-S

Founder of the Relating Well Center, LLC, Patricia Rich is passionate about helping people to deepen connections within themselves and with partners in order to live more harmonious and fulfilling lives. She is guided by the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), principles of positive sexuality, embodied practices, and a social justice lens. She is formulating a model for Self-Led Sexuality that helps people to navigate sexuality in a wise, expansive and centered way. She has taught Self-Led Sexuality as a 4 month module in the IFS Institute’s Online Continuity Program to over 800 participants. In addition to being a Level 3 trained, Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and Approved Clinical Consultant, Patricia is a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy through AASECT. Learn more about her here.