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About The Guide Inside

Each of us, no matter our histories, has an essence that can never be damaged - a Guide Inside.

The Internal Family Systems model calls this essence Self, and though Self can be obscured, much as the sun can be obscured by clouds like the sun the Self remains. It can’t be damaged. 


The vision of The Guide Inside is twofold: It is a site providing information, resources, and access to transformational services, and it is a means of honoring the healing properties already within you.


By helping people access their inner guidance and from that core, come to understand and heal the parts of themselves carrying wounds from the past, positive changes can begin to occur.

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What is Internal Family Systems?


The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a context and a language for describing the often ineffable and indescribable experience of a psychedelic session. IFS is also a movement offering an empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and thereby, larger human systems. 

Dr. Richard Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. When he focused on the relationships among these parts he noticed there were patterns to the way they were organized. He discovered when clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would describe feelings including calm, confidence, compassion, curiosity, courage, connection, creativity, and clarity. In IFS-informed psychedelic research, this inner healing intelligence is also known as Self.

Richard Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model, describes Self.

About Dr. Nancy “Cedar” Morgan

Dr. Morgan received her license in Psychedelic-Assisted Facilitation from the State of Oregon, her Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research certification from the California Institute of Integral Studies, her Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training through the Ketamine Training Center in San Anselmo, California, and her MDMA training Parts A-D through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

She received her Psychedelic-Assisted Facilitation certification from InnerTrek, the world’s first government-recognized licensed training program for psilocybin facilitators.


Dr. Morgan is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and a licensed professional counselor in Oregon and Colorado. 

Dr. Nancy L. Morgan
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Presentations, Trainings, & Consultations

  • The One Inside Podcast - IFS and Healing with Psychedelics. April 6, 2023

  • IFS Institute 2021 Annual IFS Conference: Psychedelic Assisted IFS: Lessons Learned From Ketamine. October 16, 2021

  • German Conference on Ketamine: Introduction to Ketamine-Assisted Therapy. October 13, 2021

  • The Center for Conscious Medicine Virtual Workshop Series: Introduction to IFS for Consciousness Medicine Workshop. September 11 & 12, October 2 & 3, 2021

  • ​​Oregon Psychological Association Virtual 2021 Annual Conference Breakout Session: An Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapists and Researchers. May 1, 2021

  • The One Inside Podcast - IFS-Informed Practicum Training Program. May 15, 2020 

  • Trauma Therapist podcast - #351 - This Work is Spiritual.  November, 2018

  • Trauma Therapist podcast #256 - Mentoring New Trauma Therapists. November, 2017

  • Trauma Therapist podcast #205 - It's About More Than the Diagnosis. November, 2016

Books & Journal Articles

Morgan, Nancy L. (2023). Applying the Internal Family Systems Therapeutic Model to the Integration of Psychedelic Experiences. In Jenna Riemersma, LPC (Ed). Altogether Us: Integrating the IFS Model with Key Modalities, Communities, and Trends. 2023, Pivotal Press

Morgan, N. L., Radecka, P., &  de Koning, C. (2021) Internal Family Systems: A Therapeutic Model for Each Stage of the Psychedelic Experience. The Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry, 3(4), 1-15.


Morgan, Nancy L. (2020). Integrating Psychedelic Experiences Utilizing the Internal Family Systems Therapeutic Model.

International Journal of Social Sciences and Management Review, 257-264. 

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