Jory Agate, MA, LMHC, MDiv, IFS Certified. Jory comes to the field of psychotherapy after a 10-year career in Unitarian Universalist ministry that focused on youth, families, sexuality, leadership development, and multiculturalism. In her current practice of psychotherapy and spiritual counseling she specializes in working with individuals, families, clergy, couples and staff teams. Fluent in American Sign Language, Jory provides therapy for those who communicate in ASL. She maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and is a frequent trainer for IFS Institute, PESI, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Galit Arad-Trutner, MSW, LICSW is a certified IFS therapist in private practice in Bellevue, Washington. She works with individuals, couples, and groups. Galit is passionate about working with gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation related trauma, multicultural families, and intersectionality of privilege and oppression.
Originally from Israel, Galit has experience working in both Israel and the US in various settings including hospitals, community mental health, justice system, and sexual trauma. She is fluent in Hebrew and English.
Osnat (Ossi) Arbel, PhD, LMFT is a Lead Trainer in Israel. As the Co-founder of the Israeli Institute for IFS she is training, supervising, and facilitating groups while living the IFS model both personally and professionally. In her private practice she provides IFS-based therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Arbel is an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor currently dividing her time between Israel, and Colorado. In Israel she is teaching MFT courses at Tel-Aviv University and Tel-Hai Academic College and supervising MFT practicum courses. In Colorado she holds an Assistant Professor appointment at Argosy University/Denver campus, teaching at the Counseling and MFT programs. Visit her on the web: www.ifs-israel.org ; On facebook: facebook.com/DrOsnatArbel ; Join her on LinkedIn: il.linkedin.com/in/oarbel
Mona Barbera, PhD, CC, is a psychologist in private practice in Rhode Island. She offers IFS couples therapy, IFS couples workshops and is the author of the award-winning IFS relationship book, Bring Yourself to Love: How Couples Can Turn Disconnection into Intimacy. She is a former board member of the New Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and is trained in EMDR and Imago Relationship Therapy. She is an Assistant Director and Shambhala Assistant Director for Shambhala Buddhist meditation.
Kim is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified IFS Therapist in private practice in southern New Hampshire, USA. She specializes in working with couples and trauma, with a subspecialty in working with neurologically-mixed couples.
Frances D. Booth, LICSW is a Certified IFS Therapist, Counsutant, Trainer. Her practice specialties are trauma, anxiety, depression, cancer, medical dis-ease and attachment disorders. She graduated from Cornell University (with honors) and Simmons School for Social Work and has held adjunct faculty positions at Smith College School for Social Work, Tufts Medical School, and The William James College. She loves to sing, dance, bike, run, sail, read, laugh, dine, enjoy the arts, and spend time with grandchildren.
Einat Avni Bronstein, MSW, LCSW, Co-founder of The Israeli Institute for IFS, earned a masters in clinical social work from Washington University and graduated earlier from the Tel Aviv University Law School. An experienced psychotherapist with 23 years of practice in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Einat led multiple workshops, seminars and trainings in the US and in Israel, she has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 training in IFS and is a certified IFS therapist, IFS supervisor and IFS lead trainer. She is also an instructor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program through Continuing Education at Tel Aviv University.
Analia Castaños-Davis is an IFS Assistant Trainer, certified IFS therapist and IFSI approved Consultant. She received her masters in Systems Counseling in 2009 from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has worked in community mental health and private practice since then. She created the first online IFS-Intro-Training in Spanish course, and is actively invested in growing IFS within the Spanish speaking community. She has been trained as a psychedelic therapist by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Analía is originally from Guadalajara, México, and currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and son enjoying nature, friends, family and traveling the world.
She works with individuals, multicultural couples and therapists seeking IFS certification.
Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University where he is director of the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy and coordinates the Internal Family Systems Continuing Education Program. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He recently served on the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Board as Secretary and is a founding member of the Advocacy Committee. Dr. Cohen is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Self Leadership, and IFS-oriented professional publication. As a licensed psychologist and Marriage and Family therapist, Dr. Cohen has a private practice in Newington, Connecticut, providing IFS-based therapy for individuals, couples, and families.
Kathy Cox, MSW, LICSW, has been a psychotherapist for more than 25 years and practiced IFS since 2003. She is a white-haired, cisgender, white woman, mother and wife who lives in Olympia, Washington, where she offers IFS therapy, consultation and training to therapists learning IFS. Kathy has long been drawn to grief, loss and spirituality, and has a special interest in IFS and social justice -- particularly addressing and healing the traumatic impacts of societal oppression. She is known for her humor and warmth.
Ellie Cunanan-Petty, LMFT, is a Certified IFS Therapist with nineteen years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Virginia, Washington DC and New Jersey and has a private practice in Falls Church, Virginia, where she works with adults and couples. She also provides supervision to therapists working toward licensure in Virginia, as well as clinical consultation to therapists learning IFS. Ellie has an interest in working with people in improving their relationships, both within themselves and with others.
Cathy Curtis, LCSW is an IFS Lead trainer and has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years. She has been trained in many different body-centered modalities. For the past 10 years, she has primarily used IFS in her work with individuals and couples. She is also a lead trainer for the Intimacy From The Inside Out basic and advanced trainings. Cathy lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA
Terri Dalton, PhD, LCSW, CADC is a co-lead trainer, clinical social worker and addictions therapist in private practice, a teacher, and a long time outdoor retreat leader with thirty years of experience working with complex trauma, addictions, anxiety, and depression. Four years ago, after 12 years of running outdoor IFS focused retreats for women all over the United States, she opened her own nature focused retreat center "In the Beyond" located in the Pacific Northwest outside Olympia, Washington. She specializes in individual and group work with all ages but particularly with women and girls healing from trauma and addictions. She integrates IFS with her somatic practices that also include yoga, meditation and Authentic Movement. IFS has been a passion of hers for more than fifteen years as a solid foundation in her vision of healing lives that began early in her life growing up hiking and backpacking the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Central California where she grew up. Her vision has brought hundreds of children and women into weeklong healing experiences, now using IFS, in the outdoors of the Sierras, Appalachians, Rockies, Olympics and Cascades. She maintains a private practice in both Chicago and in Olympia, WA, where she lives with her therapist husband, and their beloved therapy pets.
Kevin Davis, LCSW, LMFT, LCAS, Approved AMFT Supervisor, is an IFS therapist who specializes in addiction, trauma and the impact of early imprints. She has a passion for helping clients connect to and use the inherent treatment plan that lives in all of us as individuals, relationally and in community. Kevin is Co-Founder of Hospice at Charlotte, and founder of the Family Therapy Training Institute at United Family Services. With over 30 years of experience, Kevin uses mind/body approaches to help others enhance resilience and achieve purpose.
PILAR DE LA TORRE has been a psychologist and gestalt psychotherapist for more than twenty-five years. Certified trainer in the IFS model and co-founder of the IFS Institute. She organizes the official IFS training in Spain. She has supervision groups and for fifteen years she has been accompanying individuals, families and couples in psychotherapy based on IFS. She is founder and director of the Institute of Nonviolent Communication. She is trained in gestalt body therapy. IFS has transformed her life and the lives of many people she accompanies. She has a strong commitment to spread this vision of the human being in the world.
Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified IFS therapist, and an Assistant Trainer. She has private practice in Knoxville, TN, USA where she specializes in working with complex trauma in adults and adolescents. Being born and raised in Russia, Irina has a special interest in applying IFS across cultures, as well as working with cultural dynamics and burdens. Irina has completed all three levels of IFS training. SHe has also conducted multiple IFS workshops and consultation groups in the US and Russia. She is very passionate and excited about IFS Model and loves sharing it with other therapists and human services professionals. In her leisure time she loves practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, reading and writing.
Rina Dubin, Ed.D, LPC, is a solo lead trainer and a licensed psychologist practicing in Newton, MA. She provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples and offers consultation for individual, dyad and small groups. She also offers workshops to larger groups on various topics which always include an experiential focus.
IFS has been foundational for Rina since her first immersion in 2004. She has found IFS to be the deepest and most profound approach for healing and expansion and highly values how this work is an approach to living and not a “model.” More recently, a focus of Rina’s work has been to expand not only how up-close systems (family, school) impact our parts but how the larger systems through which we all navigate impact our parts and our different identities. This feels much more complete and ties to her legacy heirloom of “make the world better.”
Mary DuParri, MA, LPC is in private practice in the St. Louis area where she has assisted in Level I trainings and presented Internal Family Systems introductory seminars. Mary has spent a lifetime in helping professions. Starting in the healthcare field as a clinical microbiologist, then following the night school route to a counseling degree, she is now a counselor, a consultant and a mentor to new IFS therapists.
Michael Elkin is an IFS Senior Lead Trainer who has been teaching the model throughout the US and Europe since 1999. He brings a background of hypnotic and strategic technology to his practice of IFS,
and has contributed innovative approaches to addictions, phobia, and anxiety. His teaching is humorous and stimulating. His emphasis is on healing and sustaining relationships. My current focus is to provide consultation and training to practicing therapists, coaches, and guides.
Jenny Fiebig is a professional counselor licensed in both Montana and Colorado. Her private practice focuses on helping individuals and couples heal from trauma, and most specifically trauma related to outdoor accidents such as avalanche, alpine/rock climbing falls or river accidents. Her first career was in outdoor education and guiding. While working with people for long periods of time in a wilderness setting, she found the profound connection people had to themself, to others and the landscape they were traveling within. In 2010 she went back to school to pursue a graduate degree in Mental Heath Counseling at Montana State University. She was exposed to IFS while working for a group practice in Bozeman, MT and has deepened her knowledge in IFS ever since. Jenny has been through Level 1,2 and 3 with IFS, a Certified IFS Therapist, an Approved IFS Clinical Consultant for Certification, has been a PA numerous times in the US, Australia and Portugal and went through the ATP program with IFS Institute. Jenny has a deep passion for IFS and is excited to be in a teaching role with IFS Institute to bring this model to more healers throughout the world.
Fatimah Finney, LMHC is a serial goal-setter, lover of new ideas, and imaginative thinker. She is a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and maintains a private practice serving BIPOC and young adults. As an administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, Fatimah is a consultant to individuals and organizations looking to build their capacity and skills in centering diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. Fatimah facilitates workshops on intercultural competence, microaggressions and mental health awareness with an aim to make workplaces more inclusive and equitable. Prior to her counseling and consulting practice, Fatimah spent the majority of her career providing in-home therapy to children, adolescents and adults and serving in clinical leadership roles. Through her work in community mental health settings, she cultivated a strong commitment to helping therapists increase their cultural competence and clinical fluency with diverse populations.
Tamala Floyd, LCSW-BACS has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with children, families, and women with trauma histories. She has expertise in childhood sexual abuse, women’s sexual trauma and domestic violence.Tamala has worked in various settings including schools, criminal justice, hospitals, community mental health and private practice. She is an IFS consultant providing BIPOC therapists and practitioners with supervision towards IFS certification. Tamala provides business coaching to women entrepreneurs and therapist to assist in building their businesses and practices by overcoming mindset blocks that impede their success. She has authored a chapter in “Fiercely Speaking,” entitled, Healing the Wounded Mother and a chapter in an upcoming the book, “Internal Family Systems Therapy: Supervision and Consultation.” The chapter focuses on IFS consultation with BIPOC therapists.
Kay Gardner, MS, LCPC, is a certified Hakomi therapist who incorporates body work into her therapy practice. She is the creator of several workshops, including "Men and Their Mothers" and "Women, Sexuality, and Power."
Paul Ginter, EdD is a private practice psychologist in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Paul primarily uses the Internal Family Systems Model in his work with individuals, couples and families. He is particularly interested in incorporating spiritual practices such as meditation into his work with clients.
Be patient towards all that is unsolved in our heart and try to love the questions themselves
by Rainer Maria Rilke, says what IFS means to me and how I work with clients.
Our parts have wisdom for our healing, whether they come as questions, experiences that leave us wondering what that was about, or experiences that leave us feeling more aware of who we are, what we are about and what we want. My background in private practice over the last 18 years is a combination of exercise psychology and psychotherapy with humor and fun added to the mix. Currently, as an Assistant Trainer with IFS, my work has deepened as my depth of understanding about IFS as evolved. Please see my website: www.lewisburgcounseling.com
Marina Hassanali is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. Aside from having participated in numerous IFS trainings, Marina has also trained in wilderness programs for healing and wholing of the Self. She considers animals and nature to be her most intimate guides. Marina is originally from Iran and has lived in various countries and is well versed in multi-cultural dynamics. She speaks and practices therapy in English, Spanish, French and Farsi.
Toni is a Senior Trainer for IFS Institute facilitating basic and advanced trainings. She has designed and written curriculum for several programs including a training on using IFS therapy with couples. Toni leads IFS retreats and seminars for couples, a women's retreat and the annual kripalu retreat with Richard Schwartz. She is an experienced trainer with a reputation for having an approach that is respectful, compassionate and empowering. She is in private practice specializing in relational issues and lives in Durango, Colorado with her husband Jordan and a menagerie of animals.
Gwen Hurd, LCSW, NCCE, NCPC, is a Certified IFS Therapist and Clinical Consultant. She graduated from the University of Chicago with her MSW in 1994. She was introduced to IFS during her graduate program and began her level one in 1998. She finished her level three training in 2014 and began Program Assisting in 2015. She has used IFS in her work as a Child Protection Investigator in the Chicago area and with at-risk youth and families both as a therapist and program director, in northwest Indiana. She moved to St George, Utah in 2008. She has taught at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels. She is currently the Clinical Director and Therapist/Custody Evaluator at Sage Circle Counseling Center in St George. She is currently licensed in Utah, Nevada, Texas, and Nebraska.
Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the founder, and Executive Director of Outspoken Counseling and Consulting. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified EMDR Therapist, Internal Family Systems Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Children Yoga Teacher and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Carmen is also a LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator.
Carmen is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and creator/organizer of the Diversity in Play Therapy Summit.
Carmen received her Bachelor of Social Work with a certificate in Child Protective Services from Benedict College. She was then accepted into the advanced standing program at the University of South Carolina earning a Master of Social Work with a focus on communities and organizations. Carmen’s passion is youth/ children, and she has dedicated herself not only to enriching the lives of children, but also providing the tools and curriculum for clinicians to ensure her goal to reach others has an even farther span in society.
Carmen is experienced in clinical treatment of children, adolescents and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.
Her experience as a therapist, consultant, trainer, educator, coach and author encompass Carmen’s approach to practice, which is “Together We Will Grow”
Crystal Jones, LCSW is a Certified IFS Therapist and Assistant Trainer. She feels extremely grateful to have experienced and witnessed the healing benefits of the IFS model in her own life and in the lives of her clients. She has 18 years of clinical experience and owns a private group practice, Life Source Counseling Center, Inc., in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Crystal is known for her compassion and heart-led approach to her work. She is passionate about creating safe spaces for BIPOC women to feel connected, seen, heard, and valued as they do their healing work individually and collectively. She also enjoys providing IFS clinical consultation to therapists and practitioners learning the model and pursuing certification. She truly looks forward to sharing in the healing journeys of all inspired by this model.
Gretchen King is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She sees clients and offers consultation in her private practice in downtown Chicago. Her specializations are relationships - with Self and others - and spirituality and she works with adult individuals and couples. Gretchen has been involved with IFS trainings since 2000 in a variety of capacities. Currently, a Co-Lead Trainer, Gretchen is known for her clarity and gently challenging teaching style.
Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW is an IFS Senior Lead Trainer and is also trained in Hakomi therapy. She has a private practice working with adults, adolescents, and children. She has a sub-specialty in adapting the IFS model for use in younger children. Pam is known for her lively yet compassionate approach to therapy.
Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT, founded Rimmon Pond Counseling, an IFS-based private practice in Connecticut, and has specialized in addictions, eating disorders, trauma, and relationships for over 20 years. Mary incorporates IFS with her own penchant for the experience, and has developed a variety of creative ways to work with parts and access Self-energy in individual, relational, and group contexts. She enjoys sharing her experience in her teaching and consulting on a national level. Mary is noted for her humor, creativity, passion, and love of dancing and people.
Imma Lloret is a psychologist and has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years in Barcelona, Spain. As the co-founder of the Spanish IFS Institute, she organizes IFS trainings, supervises, and facilitates groups along with her private practice where she provides IFS-based therapy for individuals and couples. Imma also worked as an Associate Professor in the degree of Psychology at UOC (Open University of Catalonia). She is also certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing, and has advanced training in AEDP. IFS has transformed her life and her view of the world and she is honored to be able to contribute to its spread.
Kirsten M. Lundeberg, LPC, LMFT, is a Northern-Virginia-based psychotherapist in private practice. Kirsten works with individuals and couples and offers supervision and consultation to therapists as well. Kirsten is deeply committed to supporting therapists and others who are interested in learning the IFS model and enjoys being a part of the training staff for trainings in the DC and surrounding areas, currently as an Assistant Trainer. Kirsten is grateful for the model both personally and professionally, and is especially grateful to be connected to the expanding community of IFS therapists and practitioners. For more information: www.kirstenlundeberg.com
Amy is a graduate of Saint Joseph's college in Maine and the Columbia University School of Social Work. She was commissioned in the US Army as a social worker and deployed to Somalia and Haiti with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. She has served combat Veterans and survivors of military sexual trauma as a therapist and director of the Sanford Vet Center (part of the VA) from 1996 until retiring in 2022. Her IFS journey began in 2013 and has led her on a path to PAing several trainings, becoming a certified therapist and clinical consultant and now serving as an Assistant Trainer. She is excited to be part of the mission to bring IFS to many different communities.
Liz Martins is a Certified IFS Therapist, supervisor and trainer based in the UK and working in private practice. Liz has worked to support healing, growth and development for over 30 years, including as a social worker, therapist, supervisor, organisational and group facilitator, mentor and trainer. She has a particular interest in integrating IFS in supervision/consultation and in supporting the practice of newly trained IFS therapists.
Susan McConnell has taught IFS throughout the US and in Europe since 1997. Her involvement as Senior Trainer with the Center includes developing training curricula, training IFS training staff, and designing and leading somatic psychotherapy retreats and seminars. In her private practice in Chicago, Susan specializes in recovering the wholeness of body, mind and spirit, drawing from her bodywork and movement experience and her Buddhist practice. She brings commitment and passion to her work and her play with her partner and her dogs along Lake Michigan's shores.
Tish has maintained a private practice in the DC / MD area for 35 years. She has been actively involved in IFS trainings since 2009, first as a PA, and currently as an AT. Tish brings authenticity, humor and a keen Parts Detector to her work.
Early in her career, Tish worked with Individuals and Families struggling with Substance Abuse; later developing an Outpatient Program at the George Washington University Dept.of Psychiatry.
Prior to “drinking the IFS Koolaid”, Tish received 3 yrs of formal training in Gestalt Therapy and 1 yr. of training in Family Therapy.
She continues to be amazed at the power of the model; and the privilege of witnessing clients healing.
Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW is an IFS Co-Lead Trainer and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has a private practice in Arlington, MA where he specializes in couples therapy, parent coaching, and IFS consultation. For 17 years he was the director of a community counseling and prevention program for children, adolescents, and their families, and before that he worked in a college counseling center and a community mental health center. He taught couples and family therapy at a family therapy institute and in two graduate programs. As a trainer Paul creates a safe and accepting atmosphere, attending thoughtfully to group process and making sure all parts are welcome. He teaches the Model with a clear, down to earth and open-hearted manner.
Mariel Pastor, MA, LMFT, is an IFS Lead Trainer and consultant based in Portland, Oregon. Trained in IFS since 1998, she leads workshops and retreats on the Unburdened System mandala internationally and online. She is the principal author of the IFS Institute Level 1 Participant Training Manual and is Co-founder and Clinical Director of the IFS Telehealth Collective, a multi-state group practice with IFS-trained and licensed clinicians. Mariel is a compelling teacher widely known for her clarity, warmth, and humor. She has a special interest in Integral Psychology and incorporates somatic psychotherapies and spirituality within the framework of IFS. Her previous work in the entertainment industry and love of working with artists inspired her to create Character Mapping – an experiential psychological toolbox for actors, writers, and directors to create authentic characters and use the craft to find their Selves. Information about all of these offerings can be found at www.marielpastor.com www.Character-Mapping.com, www.ifstherapyonline.com
Kim Paulus, LMFT (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Ohlone territory of Oakland, California. She is a queer and mixed-race Vietnamese American cisgender woman, and specializes in treating trauma with folks who live at the intersection of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC, including multiracial folks and first generation children of immigrants. She has been practicing IFS since 2004, and integrates IFS with Somatics and Interpersonal Neurobiology, while holding a keen social justice lens and a strong sense of humor.
Leslie Petruk, LCMHC-S, NCC, BCC is an IFS-Level-3 and IFS Certified therapist, a Board Certified Coach and the Director of The Stone Center For Counseling and Leadership (www.thestonecenternc.com) in Charlotte, NC. Her group private practice serves children, individuals, couples and families. One of her specialty areas is working with parents utilizing the IFS model. In addition, Leslie provides consultation and supervision to individuals and groups seeking licensure or IFS Certification. She has taught introductory IFS workshops as well as the application of IFS for clinicians working with children and parents. Leslie has presented at the IFS National Conference on Parenting, The Application of Sandtray to IFS, IFS and Play Therapy, and applying IFS to Work with Children and Parents. She has also developed a parenting program that applies IFS principals for all parents which she offers in a workshop format.
Chris Ratte, LCSW, Certified IFS therapist has a deep love for sharing, teaching and living the IFS model with others. Chris has been working in the fields of mental health and addictions for over 30 years. Over these years, he has had the experience of working in numerous treatment settings. Presently, Chris is in private practice, working with individuals and couples as well as providing both individual and group supervision.
Chris has found a home with IFS; in working with others, as a personal process, and as a member of the larger IFS community. Chris is truly appreciative of the opportunity to have his healing journey occurring alongside many beloved friends, mentors, and fellow IFS’ers.
Dan Reed, PhD, LPC, is a body-centered psychotherapist and counselor educator. He runs a private practice, teaches, and supervises in Texas. Dan’s research has focused on supervision informed by IFS. He’s particularly excited about supporting therapists deepening their own capacity to be available to themselves and their experience, while inviting their clients to develop new relationships with their experiences. He has found IFS to be a wonderful framework to simplify the therapy process and offer language to effectively invite therapists and clients into their present moment experience to facilitate change. With a lifetime exploring the body, a background in science, and a subspecialty in neurofeedback, Dan brings a pragmatic, grounded view to the IFS process.
VIEW APPEARANCES (Workshops and Retreats
Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.
A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.
Ann L. Sinko, LMFT has over 30 years of clinical experience and is licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut. She is in private practice and has been teaching as a adjunct Professor in the Marriage and family therapy program at Central CT State University for 26 years. She has integrated IFS theory and technique in all facets of her creative work with families, couples, individuals and groups. She establishes a safe environment in which clients experience unconditional acceptance. She has a background in gestalt therapy and uses sandtray therapy and in her work. Ann is passionate about teaching and believes that theory is best integrated though experiential learning. She brings has a down to earth, concrete style along with a sense of humor to her teaching. Ann is a seasoned world traveler, loves the outdoors and is a avid gardener
Nancy Sowell is an Internal Family Systems lead trainer and consultant in private practice on Cape Cod and in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has been a clinical supervisor for many years. Nancy has been a psychotherapist since 1992, working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has pursued training from many therapeutic schools of thought and in various therapeutic techniques, such as hypnosis, biofeedback, EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and meditation. She integrates mindful awareness of the body, emotions, thoughts, and deeply held beliefs, as they influence our mood, behavior, health, and relationships. Specializing in behavioral medicine and IFS-based treatment for pain and illness, Nancy co-created an IFS treatment program for rheumatoid arthritis patients in a pioneering research study at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. She knows both personally and professionally the power of Self compassion in healing and restoring health.
Katelyn Staecker, LCSW, is a Certified Practioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader and IFS assistant trainer. She has been in private practice on the North Oregon Coast for over 30 years. Katelyn facilitates workshops and retreats on Spirituality, Conscious Eating, Personal Growth and Relationship Skills. She has a special interest in developing communities of all types and teaching the interpersonal skills necessary for sustaining them. She works with a gifted co-therapist, Sophie, who is a Labradoodle and oh so cute.
I love the IFS model deeply and it combines my careers as a clinical psychologist, animal welfare activist, and wildlife photographer. Given my clinical expertise in trauma and dissociation (my 1991 doctoral dissertation was on the phenomenological experience of dissociation), I have trained in many things (e.g. group dynamics, hypnosis, EMDR, addictions) and have let my heart and sense of what is true be my guides. Once I met IFS it provided the glue that has run through all the other constructs from which I emanate. This includes a knowledge of and fondness for the 12-Steps as a form of spiritual practice and a concern with human addiction and greed as it destroys the planet. I know that the more we all can come from a Self-led place, the more we can affect others to do so as well. I am an experienced teacher, supervisor and therapist and enjoy using this model to help people with relationship to themselves, their loved ones and the world as a whole.
Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW; IFS Senior Trainer, US and international. Contributed to Levels 1 and 2 IFS training manuals and teaches L1 as well as L2 Trauma and Addiction. Cece has over thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families, specializing in work with the effects of trauma and addiction. Her chapter on compassionate approaches to addictive process appears in IFS: Innovations and Elaborations, 2016, Routledge. Cece also has special interests in spiritual practices intersecting with therapy and in the impact of psychotherapy upon the life of the therapist and she lectures, consults and and leads workshops on all of these topics. Cece lives and works in the city of Chicago.
Elizabeth Taeubert LCSW, RN, MS is an Internal Family Systems Therapist and Lead Trainer for CSL. She has extensive experience as a group facilitator and educator with an approach that is sensitive, respectful, and empowering. Elizabeth is in private practice in Denver and Boulder Colorado. She works with adult individuals and couples. She also works with clients via phone and skype.
Madeleine Warren, LMFT, LCPC is an IFS-Level-3 and an advanced-IFIO-trained clinician and consultant specializing in the treatment of complex trauma. She is a certified IFS therapist in private practice (madeleinewarrentherapy.com) in Evanston, Illinois, where she sees individuals and couples. In addition to her clinical work, Madeleine provides supervision and consultation to individuals and groups. She has taught introductory IFS workshops to therapists and students, and is excited to be involved with IFS trainings as she has a great passion for teaching and inspiring others.