Cultivating hope, compassion, connection and healing for over 20 years

Welcome to opportunities for befriending your unique internal system of thoughts, feelings, reactions and behaviors. Each of these parts wants to help you and has a positive intent for you–whether that makes sense yet or not. All aspects of ourselves are truly welcome.

Internal Family Systems Therapy teaches you how to find a little space from your parts, so you can be curious and open-hearted towards them. You will learn to build relationships with your parts from the wise, kind, calm source present within every person. This transformational process gives you more choices and freedom in your response to life’s stressors.

I “accidentally” discovered IFS in 2008, ten years into my career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I was struggling with clinical burnout, discouragement and isolation. My IFS Foundation was built working with IFS Founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, for a year as his client. I have maintained regular IFS individual therapy and supervision since then.

IFS kept me in the field and transformed my life and my relationships. Internal Family Systems is a life-giving practice built on inclusion, compassion and curiosity. I am passionate about helping others experience and integrate this respectful and powerful framework into their lives.

I am available for short-term individual IFS Consultation, Process and Consultation Groups for Level 1+ Trained IFS Therapists (which count towards IFS Certification), Workshops and Speaking Engagements. Please look under my Offerings page for more details.

All are Welcome to my FREE PAUSE FOR CALM AND CONNECTION, the First Wednesday each month 12pm PST. Sign up below!

All are Welcome to register for my EXTENDED PAUSE AND PARTS BEFRIENDING the Third Wednesday each month 12-1:30pm PT which includes Q&A, IFS Teaching and Brief Demos.

Since I am NOT available for ongoing individual therapy, please visit the IFS-Institute website for other Certified IFS Therapists. Here are numerous IFS Resources as well. I look forward to connecting soon! 

I highly recommend Laura! She both knows IFS extremely well and is a great presenter.  Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS Founder

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As a Parts Process facilitator in my Alchemizing Uncertain Times Through Writing  class, 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.

When Laura reiterated, “We just can’t love on our protectors enough!” I could feel the whole group shift, open, and soften, like a much-needed group hug for all the parts in our inner world and all the parts in each other. 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.

Lissa Rankin

NY Times Bestselling Author, IFS Activist

Laura Schmidt is money–very skilled and connected! You are lucky to have her on your team!

Joanna McBride, MA, ACSW Temecula, CA