Interior Therapist Community

 

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.

 

Click Here For the Registration Form

 

 

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 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?

  

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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.
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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. 

For a quick summary of IFS, check out this video or a description here or the IFS YouTube channel here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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If you're ready to explore your options in joining a community, taking a course, or just staying in touch, we'd like to open a conversation with you.

 

 

Click Here For the Registration Form

 

 

 

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.

 

What are Catholic clinicians
saying about the ITC?

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 When I discovered IFS, I was intrigued and curious but also nervous about how it may or may not align with my Catholic worldview. I also quickly realized that I would have to do my own inner work when I discovered the reality of parts. I am so thankful for the ITC and Peter’s guidance to help me understand myself better and begin to do parts work effectively with my clients. My Inner Circle group has also been a source of support and encouragement.
 Jody Garneau, RCC, Maple Ridge
As a new therapist, I joined the Interior Therapist Community to surround myself with other Catholic therapists and learn from the IFS teachings in a biblically-sound way. Peter is an amazing teacher and therapist, and we are given so many great resources and support for our work with clients. One part that I love about the community is that engaging in your own personal growth is highly encouraged and valued. I am feeling so much more equipped and confident in supporting my clients thanks to the ITC community! 
Larissa, West Vancouver, BC 
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ITC allows me the place and space to journey with Catholic therapists. God works in and through the relationships.
Adele Huculak, RCC, Kamloops, British Columbia
Being part of the ITC has been a blessing not only in helping me grow with my skills as a counselor but also connecting with other Catholic therapists!
Marion Bean Moreland, MS, CT, Provisionally Licensed Counselor, Fairmont, WV
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Joining the Interior Therapist Community has been transformational. Not only has it improved my clinical practice, but it has also offered me invaluable emotional support, consultative guidance, and ongoing education from wise clinicians who share my faith and worldview. Most of all, I have learned to know myself in a deeper way. I recommend Interior Therapist Community to any serious Catholic clinician looking to grow individually and professionally.
Sam Guzman, Tulsa, OK