Calling Catholic Therapists!
Embark on your own human formation work, develop new clinical skills, reduce burnout, and bond deeply with other Catholic therapists in community.
Are you seeking:
- Greater insight into yourself as a clinician and better self-care?
- New therapeutic skills to help your clients help themselves, especially with complex trauma and serious attachment wounds?
- Regular consultations to help you manage your inner experience of your “difficult” clients?
- Deep, personal connections within a community of other Catholic therapists who understand the unique demands of our lives?
- Relief from stress, burnout and compassion fatigue amid the challenges of your clinical practice?
- All of the above grounded in an authentic Catholic worldview?
If so, read on. I have a unique opportunity for you: The Interior Therapist Community.
I don’t have to tell you that distress levels are spiking in our culture.
You don’t need survey after survey to tell you that anxiety, depression, loneliness, and feelings of worthlessness, alienation, and helplessness are all on the rise. You feel it, you sense it.
- You see these symptoms in your clients.
- You feel your clients’ burdens of insecurity, confusion, and distress.
- You also know that the demands on you are high and getting higher.
- And you also have your own troubles, concerns and problems. We all do.
The bottom line is this: We are not supposed to “go it alone.”
We Catholic clinicians need help to live out our profession for our clients in a healthy way.
- We need grace and the love of God our Father and Mary our Mother, first and foremost in prayer and sacrament. That’s a given.
- We also need each other, in the Body of Christ -- we need to “Bear each other’s burdens” as St. Paul tells us (Galatians 6:2).
- We clinicians sometimes try to minimize these realities, and that’s understandable because we naturally focus on others. But if we neglect caring for ourselves and loving ourselves in an ordered way, sooner or later, we get into trouble. You know this.
So, what can we do now to help ourselves, to care for ourselves, to love ourselves so that we can help our clients better?
The Interior Therapist Community (ITC) is an answer for you – and 32 other Catholic clinicians have already discovered it.
- ITC brings together faithful, orthodox Catholic therapists and counselors who are passionate about our own human and spiritual formation.
- ITC members want to discover, understand and love our entire selves, all the parts in our own internal systems, resulting in greater integration, recollection and peace.
- In our experiential, relational, online training ground in the community, we help each other to “be with” ourselves and tolerate each part of us being known, accepted and loved, in harmony with perennial Catholic teaching.
- Then we become better instruments through which God’s love can reach our clients – so our clients in turn can better learn to receive and give love in the process of healing and growing.
We are learning more about the application of Internal Family Systems (IFS) firmly grounded in a Catholic anthropology. IFS is an evidence-based therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz and IFS was featured in Bessel van der Kolk’s best-selling book on complex trauma, The Body Keeps the Score, where he devotes all of chapter 17 to IFS. That chapter is available free online here, and it is well worth reading (the books is quite good, one of the best in the trauma world to date).
For those unfamiliar with IFS, please note that IFS focuses primarily on the internal dynamics in one person in individual psychotherapy, counseling or coaching. IFS is not primarily a model of doing family therapy, despite “Family” being in its name.
We strongly encourage ITC members to get IFS Level 1 Training from the IFS Institute. The Interior Therapist Community Foundations Experiential Groups, the lectures, and other activities are not substitutes for and do not constitute IFS Level 1 training. Find out more about IFS Level 1 trainings at this link. The ITC is working toward a collaboration with the IFS Institute for a Level 1 Training just for ITC members (possibly in 2022), but if you have the resources, time, and interest to do IFS Level 1 training, we recommend doing it sooner.
The Interior Therapist Community is open to Catholic therapists, counselors, interns, and graduate students in mental health-related programs.
The ITC was established in 2020 by Dr. Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. Dr. Malinoski has completed IFS Levels 1, 2, and 3 training, as well as the IFIO marriage/couples therapy training. Dr. Malinoski leads some of the ITC experiential groups and actively participates in the online community.
D. Peter Martin, Psy.D., is IFS-trained with extensive consultation experience and much experience leading groups, will be leading the new Foundations Experiential Group starting in Spring 2021. Dr. Martin will also be available for individual IFS related consultations.
Jody Garneau, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, earned her MS in Clinical Counselling from Divine Mercy University. Jody helps to administer the groups and develop the therapist community. She handles questions about registration and payment.
What is the Internal Therapist Community?
An interview with Dr. Peter Malinoski and Dr. Peter Martin
Check out IFS in Action in this 60-minute Demonstration
Watch Dr. Malinoski as he works with a Christian therapist to unveil how this therapist's parts see God.