Cultivating hope, compassion, connection and healing for over 23 years
Welcome to opportunities for integrating the transformational practice of Internal Family Systems!
IFS “accidentally” discovered me in 2008, ten years into my career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. (Hopefully you’ll hear the story sometime!) I was struggling with clinical burnout, discouragement and isolation. My IFS foundation was built working with IFS Founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, individually for a year. I’ve maintained regular IFS therapy and supervision with two IFS Lead Trainers since 2009 and have been IFS Certified since 2010. IFS changed my life and is the reason I’m still in the field after 23 years with more energy and hope than I ever thought possible. This practice of how we relate to ourselves and one another is built on inclusion, compassion and curiosity. I love providing a direct experience of this respectful and powerful framework.
As a psychotherapist, I am especially passionate about connecting and supporting healers in their IFS and Self of the Therapist journeys. My IFS Consultation Groups reduce burnout and isolation and help students be more Self-led, energized and effective. I help students deepen and embody Self leadership so they can be more present for clients in a sustainable, life-giving way! Imagine that for a moment? It really is possible! T
As an Approved AAMFT Supervisor and IFS Consultant for Certification, I offer individual MFT and IFS Consultation / Supervision (to past and current students only) and Consultation Groups for IFS Therapists and Practitioners (count towards IFS Certification if needed). I also offer Retreats for IFS Healers, Workshops and Speaking Engagements.
Please see my Offerings Page for more details.
Areas of specialty include disordered eating, sexual trauma, couples, body-oriented practices, athletes, brain injuries, chronic illness and Self of the Therapist.
For ongoing individual therapy, please visit the IFS-Institute website for a Certified IFS Therapists.
For a multitude of IFS opportunities for learning, please visit my IFS Resource Page.
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I highly recommend Laura! She both knows IFS extremely well and is a great presenter. Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS Founder
“Laura Schmidt is money–very skilled and connected! You are lucky to have her on your team!”
Being led by Laura in her IFS Consultation was like a nurturing reprieve from the day. I felt safe immediately with her and the group space because she fosters a welcoming and warm environment. Laura is a gentle leader and obvious expert in IFS and I appreciated the way she grounded the space with meditation, and made sure that everyone’s voice was heard if they needed that. Laura holds the consultative space openly but with reliability and clarity. Would strongly recommend Laura to anyone looking for an IFS teacher and leader. Being in the IFS consultative space with Laura was incredibly helpful in a short amount of time. Grateful for the experience and the learning.
Laura offered such a genuine, compassionate, respectful, trauma-informed presence to our community, adding the level of safety my scared parts were concerned might be hard to achieve on Zoom. Even with so little time to tend to so many people, what a gift to see people’s triggered parts soften, relax, express, and heal right before our very eyes.
Laura’s IFS facilitation is a treasure to parts that are just desperate to be loved. She is a hope merchant for hopeless parts indeed.