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You’re invited to a FREE Wednesday Pause for Calm & Connection

Live, Guided IFS Meditation & Group Sharing the First Wednesday each month 12 – 12:45 pm PST ALL ARE WELCOME

This time together welcomes a kind-hearted group of folks from all over the world.  The sessions are not cumulative, although the more often you practice, the more fluent and easily you can BE with your responses and emotions from a calm, curious, compassionate place. Feel free to invite others. All are welcome.

The meditations are woven from Internal Family Systems and Mindful Self Compassion practices. This is a process to help you experience spaciousness and curiosity towards your emotions and behaviors. This practice helps you be less reactive and more open-hearted, have more choices in how you respond to life’s stressors, and teaches you how to lead from the calm, wise, compassionate resource (IFS calls Self) within each of us.

(If you’re interested in an Extended Pause for IFS Teaching, Q&A and an opportunity to work directly with Laura or observe her working with others in Brief Demos, click here)

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How the Pause for Calm and Connection Began

We began Pausing together weekly on March 25, 2020, as the country began social isolating due to Covid-19.  This offering was initially a leap of faith in giving something to the greater community during this global crisis. I was motivated to do this after dealing with my own emotional hardship from years of severe social isolation and limitations due to a brain injury suffered in 2010.

What to expect during a Pause for Calm & How to Prepare

I open the meeting at noon Wednesday. You will be automatically muted and are encouraged to keep your video on so that we can feel a sense of community and connection. But of course, no worries if it’s one of those days and you need your camera off. That’s just fine. Please have pen, paper or drawing materials nearby.

I’ll welcome the group around 12:05 and begin the 15 or so minute meditation by 12:15pm. I’ll then give you a few minutes for writing or quiet reflection before opening the call for any sharing.

After signing up, you’ll receive the link and password for the zoom meeting  the morning of the Pause for Calm. Be sure to check your Spam or Promotions folders if you don’t see it right away.  If you have any troubles the morning of, please email .

If you are looking for an opportunity to experience more of your authentic self, IFS is for you! Laura’s skills provide a safe, professional space for growth and healing to occur. 

D.S. Spokane, WA

“Laura has helped enrich my life through IFS in a huge way. IFS provides me with stepping stones to navigate tough phases of depression, anxiety and stress. Laura is great at teaching the components of IFS in a way that I can quickly apply them to my day.”



Laura Schmidt, LMFT, has supported individuals, couples, families and groups as a family systems therapist for over 20 years. She’s passionate about teaching others how to access more calm, compassion and open-heartedness in their life and work.

Laura maintains a private practice in Spokane, WA, and has been a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist since 2010. She leads IFS workshops, teaches for PESI and facilitates process, consultation and supervision groups for clinicians locally, nationally and abroad.

Laura worked individually for a year with IFS founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, and has maintained her own monthly therapy and supervision with two IFS Lead Trainers since 2008. She is a PESI Seminar Speaker, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Program Assistant for the IFS Institute and Approved Consultant for IFS Certification.

Laura received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University, NY, and has lived throughout the U.S., in Canada and Germany. She specialized in working with sexual trauma and disordered eating for many years.  Laura replenishes while chasing fresh air in a variety of outdoor activities year-round. Her managers relax the most when she’s off-the-grid sleeping under the stars. Laura competed internationally as a professional road cyclist in her 30’s until suffering a career-ending brain injury in 2010. Her lengthy road to recovery transformed her life outlook, presence and purpose.  Laura is an engaging teacher and clinician, known for her presence, vulnerability and connection. She especially values the P Quality of an IFS Therapist: Playfulness!