I wanted to express my appreciation for Laura Schmidt’s presence and role in assisting Dr. Schwartz. Most notably, I had a personal session with Laura and, to me, that experience not only tied together the different “parts” of the training but also allowed me to personally benefit in a profound way and see first-hand how it could benefit my patients. Her warmth, grace and professionalism, as well as her superior knowledge of IFS, fostered a more comprehensive and wholesome training. Truly, it would not have been the same without her.


Cape Cod Institute Aug ‘21

Laura’s calm and compassionate presence creates an atmosphere of safety for deep healing. Her grasp of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model comes from an inner knowing stemming from her own inner work. In addition to being a skilled IFS therapist, she teaches the Model from the heart and with passion. I have great confidence in recommending her.

Michelle Glass, Eugene, OR

Certified IFS Practitioner & Author of Daily Parts Meditation Practice©

I attended today’s Group Parts Befriending. It was so good to be deepening into parts work in a group. Thank you so much for offering it. It was validating, moving and helpful to hear others’ experiences, your comments and witness a brief guided piece of work. Thank you!

DN - Oakland, CA

Laura not only gave me insight into life long traumas, but also tools to begin chipping away at the stronghold these past events had over me. Through IFS Laura taught me  how to dwell in the same space with pain and trauma and accept it, without hating it and trying to shove it into a box with a tight lid. To begin to actually observe traumatic parts of  my life and to experience calm instead of panic, has been life changing. I am an adult child of an alcoholic and also a survivor of osteomyelitis with seven surgeries and an opiate recovery  in my past. Laura’s instruction and guidance with IFS has created hope  and progress in places I did not think could improve. Thank you Laura and  don’t worry, I will keep working toward the goals we set. 


IFS as a model of therapy (in general) and Laura (in particular) have been life saving for me. Trauma makes navigating life difficult and Laura helped me navigate the especially difficult landscape of the mind and heart, my thoughts and feelings. That Laura has herself been through trauma gave her empathy and connected us in a real way. She has the skill that comes from years of practice and the intuition that comes from years of living life. I’ll never be able to express my gratitude for her skillful companionship over the years.


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

Joanna McBride, MA, LCSW Temecula, CA

Laura’s depth of IFS embodied knowledge provided context and content, both in how she identified the stages of process during demos, as well as in my own individual IFS session.

Jane Probst, LCSW

Cape Cod Institute 8/21

Laura puts her heart and soul into her trainings. Her dedication to living, learning and helping others incorporate IFS into their lives is truly inspiring. Her compassion and intellect are cornerstones in her practice and trainings. She brings IFS to life through experiential processes that have really helped me personally and professionally.

Lucy A. DePaolo, LICSW

I first learned about IFS in one of Laura’s informational workshops. The simple exposure to the IFS model clearly resonated with me, and I sought to do more IFS work with a certified therapist. I am a survivor of childhood neglect and sexual abuse, with anxiety and PTSD issues that have stayed with me well into my mature adulthood.  I’ve done lots of groups and different kinds of talk therapy over the years. The work I am doing with IFS is the final piece of the puzzle.  I have experienced more relief, healing and transformation with IFS than anything I’ve ever done. I truly feel different inside as my parts can finally to speak up and release their pain.  This is not just talking about my trauma; this real change and growth that is core deep.

P.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.


Before working with Laura and the IFS model, I didn’t think therapy would work for me. From our first visit, I felt completely comfortable with her. She fully embodies all of the characteristics of Self, and respectfully guides the body and mind to deeper layers of clarity and calm. Over the past few years, she has played a tremendous role in helping my spouse and I to create an intentional marriage. I would recommend exploring the IFS model to anyone!


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 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. 

Dr. Rachel Greenberg

Clinical Psychologist - Berkeley, CA