'I have searched far and wide to heal my inner wounds.  This system is profound, accurate, and works.  It's putting my power back in my own hands.  It's letting me be my own healthy parent to myself.  It's helping me shed unwanted beliefs, and training me to rely on myself, and my own Guidance.'  Weekend Workshop - Anaheim Hills, CA 3.14


"It was truly an amazing experience, and I have learned so much about why I am the way I am." Kripalu Workshop, Lenox, MA, 2009
Korrin Doyle

'As a 15 year old going to this Workshop with my Mom, I was obviously skeptical about whether it would be a huge waste of time or not.  But after meeting some of the people and getting to know them, I realized that my age changed nothing.  I was treated the same way.  And I guess that made me open enough to get what I needed out of the experience.  I feel so much more mentally prepared to take things on and I never thought I'd have that.' Rowe, MA Workshop, 5.12

Taylor Sweet

'I read the Inner Bonding steps before I came, but now I understand them much better.  I can identify my wounded self now and I understand what my core feelings are.  I was feeling very lonely and my wounded self was telling me I was unloveable and I would be alone forever.  I am learning that I am loveable and I have the ability to make myself happy.  I don't need others to bring happiness to me.'  Weekend Workshop - Anaheim Hills, CA 3.14

Judy Catherall

"Inestimable value. It provides the truth; the truth necessary for any healing work to be effective; the framework to ensure that whatever tools you work are applied with the right intent. Thank you for helping to birth this work and for continuing to offer your gift to others. Very nice work you're doing!"
Jeff Meyer

'I really enjoyed the workshop.  It's a lot to take in - some I already knew from the website - but this really helped me to begin to integrate it all.  It feels like a great starting place, or, I mean that I am excited for what this weekend is going to spark in me.'  Kripalu Workshop - Lenox, MA, 9.13

Elizabeth Donahue

Inner Bonding Certified Facilitators
The following people are certified in Inner Bonding and are available to see clients.

Directory Disclaimer. Note to all readers: This professional directory can help you locate an Inner Bonding® facilitator or facilitator in training. Inner Bonding® Educational Technologies, Inc. neither endorses nor recommends the individuals listed on this website. Inner Bonding® Educational Technologies, Inc. cannot make assurances that the qualifications or services of any individual would be suitable for the needs of a particular individual. Users of this directory understand and agree that Inner Bonding® Educational Technologies, Inc. is neither liable nor responsible for any actions of those using this directory.

Emily Agnew, M.M.
Rochester NY

I have been a certified Inner Bonding facilitator since 2009, working 1:1 by phone and Skype, specializing in deep 1:1 work with clients from around the world who are thoughtful, creative, and sensitive, and who struggle with anxiety.

That’s how I started doing inner work myself: trying to cope with anxiety in my career as a professional oboist. I wanted to move up in the orchestra world, but no matter what I triedAlexander Technique, therapy, self-hypnosis, visualization—I’d get so nervous in auditions, I could barely breathe. It was heartbreakingly disappointing.

When I committed to the regular practice of exercise, yoga, and Zen meditation, I began to see some improvement in the anxiety. I also completed over 500 hours of training in Nonviolent Communication, which greatly increased my compassion for myself and others and helped me see the key importance of self-responsibility.

But the biggest change came when I discovered Inner Bonding. I finally realized I had been trying to control my playing—an impossible task. With Inner Bonding, I learned how to let Spirit flow through me when I played. What a difference! The sense of joy and mastery is hard to describe. The moment I experienced this, I wanted more.

I found myself asking, “How can I bring this kind of joy and flow into the rest of my life? And how can I help my clients do that too?” A difficult divorce was pushing me to my limits. I saw firsthand how challenging it is to stay connected to your Loving Adult and to your spiritual guidance when your toughest issues are “up.”

This may sound familiar to you: when you are really up against it, something prevents you from getting through the six steps on your own. This can be incredibly frustrating, because you know very well how powerful Inner Bonding is! And you crave that wonderful feeling of peace, relief, and joy you get when you successfully complete the process.

But I have good news: you’re not alone, and being confused or stuck in the process doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong. On the contrary! It means you are poised for a leap in growth. Your toughest issues are tough precisely because you haven’t yet figured out how to stay in your Loving Adult in the face of this level of pain.

When you hit your learning edge like this, you need personalized, compassionate support. And you need new skills. I’ve experimented for years to bring you the best of both, including completing a second two-year certification in 2013 in Inner Relationship Focusing, which emphasizes radical acceptance and presence. One client who recently completed my most in-depth program, the 1:1 six-month Inner Listening Intensive, described it this way:

"My experience with Emily was truly life changing. Prior to working with her, I was an anxious and unhappy mess, and I did not understand why. I did not know how to take responsibility for my own feelings and as a result felt completely out of control and out of touch with myself. Emily helped me to discover and access my own truth."

I’ve created a unique introductory program, the Inner Bonder’s Travel Guide, designed to give you essential skills and support for your “learning edge” situations, in just three affordable 1:1 sessions. Please visit my website at www.luminoslistening.com, to learn more about the program, read what clients are saying, and schedule a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation. You can also sign up for my e-zine, The Listening Post, and register for free teleseminars, also listed on the Inner Bonding Events page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Michael Barmak, CSW, LCSW, Interfaith Minister

New Jersey: 908-276-8191
In the summer of 1994, I was very depressed after an intimate relationship ended. A friend recommended that I read "Healing Your Aloneness" and as I started reading, I felt like every word had been written just for me! For the first time, I understood how I was creating my despair.

I attended Dr. Margaret Paul's next weekend workshop and two months later I was at my first five-day intensive. After having spent ten years trying different kinds of therapy, I was finally on a path to building a spiritually connected loving adult and healing my wounded child.

By practicing the Six Steps of Inner Bonding, I felt more joyful and began expressing my essence in all areas of my life including writing music and ballroom dancing. Once I moved into personal power, I met my wife, Connie, and knew that I wanted to share my Inner Bonding experience, so I became a Certified Inner Bonding Facilitator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

I work with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, codependence, eating disorders, addictions, relationship problems and post traumatic stress. I am trained in Thought Field Therapy (energy release work), Imago Relationship Therapy(for couples) and Multiple Personality Disorder treatment. I also help my clients explore their dreams as a source of guidance.

If you are interested in finding out how Inner Bonding would be helpful for your personal situation, please call me for a free phone consultation. I am also available for individual sessions, phone sessions and workshops.

I look forward to helping you rediscover your joy!

Website: michaelbarmak.com

Jeanette Boerger
Fort Wayne IN
(260) 422-9372
Jeanette Boerger is certified in the state of Indiana as a drug and alcohol counselor since 1978. She has been practicing Inner Child work since 1983 after attending a 3-week intensive course at Rutgers University on Adult Children of Alcoholics taught by the late Janet Woititz.

She integrated the Inner Bonding process in her practice after attending 4 Inner Bonding Intensives since 1991. She recently attended an Inner Bonding Intensive with her 29 year old son and describes this experience as the most inspiring, insightful and enriching she ever recalls having.

Jeanette is presently in private practice at Gerard & Coslow Association in Ft. Wayne, IN, facilitating groups, working with individuals and running workshops.

Jeanette is enthusiastic about and passionately committed to the Inner Bonding process both for herself and others. The greatest joy in her life is companioning others on their journey toward more wholeness and working toward the same for herself.

Maria Rosa Casanovas
Barcelona, Spain

Some years ago a dearest friend of mine shared with me his passion for the work of Dr. Margaret Paul and the Inner Bonding Process. He gave me the plastic card with the 6 Steps and since then I have always carried it with me in my bag.

I have been working as a therapist since 1995, trained in Gestalt Therapy, Focusing, and Louise Hay Teacher Training. I have been offering workshops in Spain during the last 14 years and also one-to-one sessions.

In my work as therapist I have specialized in the tools and processes that develop self-esteem, and one of the approaches I like the most is the Inner Child Healing Process, since I realized that it is the "shortcut for healing".

The only book of Margaret Paul's published in Spain, "Healing your Aloneness," allowed me to add the vision of Margaret and Erika to the work I was doing, giving me a deeper clue and a more complete understanding of the need to create a loving Adult for our Inner Child.

In my personal healing journey a turning point took place in November, 2004, when I participated in the 5 day Intensive with Margaret Paul. It was a very deep experience. I learned so much having the privilege to see the miracle of healing through the presence of Truth and Love! I was very impressed by Margaret and also by the power of the Inner Bonding Process!

My wish is to be able to have the spiritual strength and connection that Margaret has and I know I need to strengthen my spiritual work every day and the Inner Bonding practice is a way to achieve it. It also gives a powerful sense of responsibility and a way to heal the ego false beliefs.

At present I offer my services as a therapist and coach in Barcelona, Spain. I also travel all over Spain to facilitate Transformational Self-Esteem Workshops. I can be reached at 34-93.436.29.50, cell: 653.370.455.

Carla De Cervantes
Palo Alto CA

I have a bachelors in Cultural Anthropology, a Masters in Education, and an MBA. I have trained in, studied and practiced Hakomi therapy, thai yoga therapy, vipassana meditation, and a wide array of psychotherapeutic modalities. In all my studies and all my exploration, Inner Bonding is the process I have found most transformational — both personally and for my clients. It is a holistic, embodied path to creating a loving relationship with yourself. It’s that relationship with yourself that provides the foundation for everything else: being fully yourself in the world, being truly available to authentically connect and share love with others, experiencing greater peace and love and joy.

I work with corporate executives and individuals committed to leading their lives with intention, loving themselves more completely, enhancing their self-confidence, and living in greater alignment with their own deepest longings. I have a private practice in Palo Alto, CA and work with clients around the world as both an executive coach and an Inner Bonding facilitator. I bring to my coaching and facilitation work over 10 years of marketing, product management, relationship management, and business analysis experience for companies such as BCG, The Clorox Company, UC Berkeley, and PeoplePC. I invite you to visit my website at www.decervantes.com

I earned my BA from Amherst College, my M.Ed. from UCLA, my MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and my coaching certification from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. A California native, I resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I love kite surfing, trail running and dancing 5 Rhythms and contact improvisation. Come join this dance with me, and fall back in love with yourself!

“I have decided in this life to continue to choose vulnerable transparency in the hopes that it helps us all to heal & love ourselves more fully, and to connect with each other more authentically & deeply.”

Grace Escaip
Palm Beach County FLORIDA
(561) 244-8899

I was born in a multicultural family with a Theosophist grandfather, who was spiritually ahead of his time; through his teachings, I was able to develop my spiritual path early on.

After graduating from high school, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to study Law or Psychology. For all the wrong reasons, I chose Law. Years later, and after experiencing several crises, my interest in Psychology was reborn, which led me on a deep, personal process. As I began to feel and to experience first hand the tremendous benefit this path was providing, an unstoppable urge to help others grew from within. That is how I studied to become a Rogerian person-centered and humanistic counselor and a Gestalt facilitator, eventually specializing in adults, couples, symptoms and adolescents, floral therapy, STEP guide, focusing, therapeutic massage, and expressive rhythmic movement.

My passion and my commitment as a counselor and a facilitator constantly keep me researching new therapeutic methods that can help us in our journey. After completing my studies, my inner guide kept urging me to study about the inner child, and that’s how I came upon one of Margaret’s books, with which I felt an immediate connection. I thus began to work with Inner Bonding.

Every day, through my personal process and through the processes of the people I work with, I corroborate the love and the power that Inner Bonding entails.

I profoundly appreciate Margaret’s presence on the planet; because of her and her methodology, I have been able to advance on my personal and professional journey.

My deepest wish is that Inner Bonding reaches more and more people everywhere, every day.

I provide phone sessions in Spanish. I can be reached at (561) 244-8899, and my email is gescaip9@yahoo.com.

Stel Fine, M.A.
Denver CO

I believe - and have personally experienced - that psychological freedom is possible when we are willing to do the work to attain it. Step-by-step we can open to being responsible for our feelings and the thoughts we allow to create our experience of life. We have the power to work with the wisest and most loving parts of ourselves to heal our misunderstandings – especially our unforgiving and undervaluing view of ourselves - and learn to be kind to our entire being and champion our Essence – inside ourselves as well as out in the world.

Before I found Inner Bonding, I was – there’s no other way to put this - deeply self-loathing. I had an Inner Critic at the level of Sniper/Assassin, who was incredibly judgmental, demanding and unforgiving. It was hyper vigilant, convinced that it had to protect me from making mistakes and getting hurt. No matter what I accomplished in the outside world, that wounded part of me would not give me any room to breathe or any kindness.

Thank goodness I found Inner Bonding. My family and friends have witnessed the growth and healing I’ve been blessed to receive through working whole-heartedly with this technique for 8 years. The circumstances of my life and my inner experience have shifted dramatically. I (and everyone who knows me) can affirm that miracles have occurred in my life and that I operate very differently than I did in the past.  I’m unboundedly grateful for the efficacy of Inner Bonding and it is my true honor to support others along this path of self-growth and freedom.

In addition to practicing Inner Bonding for 8 years, attending intensives and workshops with Dr. Margaret Paul, assisting Dr. Paul at 5-Day Intensives, and working with clients for 5 years, I also have a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. With this training, I have learned that there is a foundation of truth, wisdom, generosity, grace, unconditional love and complete support inside of us.  This part of us is available to help us express our gifts, take good care of ourselves, have healthy boundaries with others, and experience an abundance of joy and gratitude in our lives.  Most of all, this consciousness knows who we are, treasures us, and helps us to grow through all our experiences.

I believe that the best facilitators are those who have done their own healing work, are familiar with the depth and pain of the path, and have transcended their wounded selves to such a level that they experience joy and freedom on a consistent basis and can journey with you through your own healing – no matter how daunting. I hold you in respect and caring along the way, while offering powerful insights that can provide you with quantum leaps along your healing path.

I’ve been told that my facilitation is patient, supportive of the client’s sacred connection with their own nurturing Guidance, respectful, gentle and caring, and particularly comforting to Highly Sensitive People.  I see clients in person in Denver, Colorado, but am also available for Skype, Vsee, and phone sessions. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to help determine if we might work well together.



Patricia Gerrish

ADN 1982 Lake Superior State University

Currently practicing Obstetrical Nursing

Patti has been training, through intensives and workshops, with Dr. Paul since first being introduced to Inner Bonding in 1994. Working directly with Dr. Paul, Patti has practiced Inner Bonding to help heal the old wounds and learn about the false beliefs that had been limiting her, thereby allowing her to rediscover her natural inner compassion and personal power. She incorporates Inner Bonding into her parenting of two teenage children, helping them to know a life connected to Spirit. It is her desire to support others in living for their highest good, achieving this through facing long held false beliefs and replacing them with truth and love. She is available in person or by telephone for private coaching sessions.

Kelly James, M.A., MFT
Anaheim Hills

Kelly James is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and has a private practice in Anaheim Hills (Orange County), CA. She has been counseling couples, individuals and children for 10 years. She is passionate about healing and growth in her own life and the lives of her clients. Kelly specializes in intimacy/relationship issues, addictions, depression/anxiety and grief and loss issues. She has been working with Margaret Paul for over 8 years and uses the Inner Bonding Process as her core foundation/theory in her practice and in her own life. She loves assisting others on this creative and transformational journey as they learn to discover their divine goodness and worth through the eyes of God. She is passionate about learning the false beliefs that keep us stuck and replacing these beliefs with truth, light and compassion.

Kelly is available in person or by telephone for private counseling sessions.She can be reached at (949) 651-2805.

- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT, 1998) - State of California

- Credentialed School Counselor (PPS) - State of California

- B.S. (1990) in Clinical Psychology - Brigham Young University

- M.S. (1996) in Counseling Psychology - California State University, Fullerton

- Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology - California Coast University

- Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Deb Klugger
In 2001 I watched my already shaky marriage to an alcoholic crumble within moments of discovering a shocking secret. Such betrayal, how could this be?   We had a family, owned and operated a business together, shared a ton of friends, my entire life revolved around him! My life seemed as though it was careening out of control---right along with his.  I was depressed, had panic attacks, and was a  total insomniac. I felt abandoned, unloved, unlovable and alone.

I kept searching, reading, attending workshops, anything to relieve the pain.  When a friend mailed me a copy of Margaret’s “Do I have To Give Up Me To be Loved By God?”  explaining how this book and the 6 step process had been life changing for her---and I could see that it was---I dedicated myself to working the same steps and in time it was for me as well.  Just as I searched for the light at the end of the tunnel, it appeared not as a freight train as I had feared, but as a process called Inner Bonding. I found that by working the process of Inner Bonding, eventually my inner child began to feel loved (a love no one could ever take away again) and she no longer felt abandoned. Through dedication to this process, I was able to build confidence and peace in areas of my life that had been so illusive to my endeavors to heal before.  I began to experience  amazing inner strength, more joy and a passion for life. I built stronger, healthier relationships and my career flourished.  Eventually, as I continued to heal, my life’s purpose became evident. To help others heal and gain empowerment  from the challenges of their lives.

After nearly 7 years of training, practicing the 6 steps, attending many Inner Bonding intensives,  working with Margaret Paul individually and learning other complimentary modalities such as N.L.P, (I am a certified NLP Coach) Tapping and Life Coaching, I am excited and honored to be helping folks gently advance in their process of healing and self discovery. I now work with clients from both the USA and Australia.

I am currently available to support others on their journey both in person as well as in phone sessions. My website is www.debbieklugger.com.

Karen Kral, M.A., LPC

Watch Karen’s YouTube video on Inner Bonding at:



Karen is a licensed psychotherapist in Colorado and has been a certified facilitator of Inner Bonding since 2004. Inner Bonding is the foundation of her work, which focuses on learning how to choose love over fear, new behaviors over conditioned behaviors, and trust in one’s spiritual guidance over desperate control by the ego. Karen has been facilitating groups since 2002, and offers intensives and workshops that explore the Inner Bonding process through action.  She has training in both Psychodrama and Gestalt methods.

One of Karen’s clients describes his work with her in this way:

“I came to know Karen Kral by needing to take time to travel deeper within myself to search out what was driving my addictive behaviors and I must say the time spent was life changing. I was amazed at her intuition and ability to take me to a deeper level of connection with my authentic self and God. I continue to use the tools she equipped me with to stay on the path of happy, joyous and free. Thank you Karen, you are a gift to the recovery community.”

Prior to going into full-time practice as an Inner Bonding facilitator, Karen worked as a therapist at Life Healing Center of Santa Fe. In this residential setting, she helped clients heal from childhood trauma and abuse, as well as from various addictions, including sex and love addiction, eating disorders, alcoholism and chemical dependency.  She worked extensively with dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, and often included partners and family members in therapy to establish healthier communication and boundaries.

Karen practiced Zen Buddhism for more than 12 years and taught mindfulness and meditation based on the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. She also taught classes at Miraval: Life in Balance, a renowned spa and resort north of Tucson, and led week-long programs on mindful eating at Hilton Head Health Institute. She is a student of A Course in Miracles and a practitioner of Centering Prayer, which was developed by the Catholic Monk, Father Thomas Keating.  “Consenting to the presence and action of God within” is the intention of Centering Prayer, and is something that Karen strives for in her daily life and in her work.

Karen enjoys hiking, mindful walking, Native American Spirituality and ceremony, and sometimes incorporates aspects of these practices into her intensives. She has a background in business and worked for nine years in marketing, sales and management.  She is married to Certified Inner Bonding Facilitator, Mark Lersch, and they live and work in Longmont, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver.

Karen is available for individual, couples and family sessions by phone or in person, and offers Inner Bonding intensives in Colorado and around the country.

Colorado LPC #:  5151

Dr. Ilene Krems
Culver City CA
(310) 287-1466

Dr. Krems is a licensed psychotherapist with over 17 years of experience in clinical psychology and a total of 27 years of experience in patient care. She has a private practice in Culver City, California. Dr. Krems has attended four Inner Bonding intensives, and practices Inner Bonding in her own life. Within the context of a caring and collaborative relationship, she uses the Inner Bonding process as the core of her practice. Dr. Krems has found that Inner Bonding works successfully within the framework of psychotherapy in order to alleviate anxiety and depression, increase self-esteem and joy, improve relationships, and achieve personal goals.

Dr. Krems consults with Dr. Margaret Paul on a weekly basis. Her specialties include: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, career concerns and spiritual psychology. She also is trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques. Both in person and private phone sessions are available, as well as evening and weekend appointments. Most PPO and POS insurance plans are accepted. She can be reached at (310) 287-1466 or via email at ilene@drilene.com.

For more information, please visit her website at www.drilene.com.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT, 1997) - State of California

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (1993) - Antioch University

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (1981) - Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine

Bachelor of Science (1977) - Pennsylvania State University

Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Mark Lersch, MA, MIM, LPC

Mark has found that more important than what has happened in the past, is how we are relating to and aligning ourselves right now, in this moment.  At the heart of the work he does with all clients is teaching them how to develop a loving relationship with themselves and to contact and align with the divine within.  He has also worked specifically with men, supporting them in becoming both more empowered and more loving in their intimate relationships.

Before dedicating himself full-time to CoreQuest, Mark was the clinical manager at an intensive outpatient program (IOP) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he helped to build the program from the ground up.  He worked for five years as both an individual and group therapist at Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, a residential treatment center where clients came to heal addictions and underlying trauma.  He has worked extensively with clients whose issues include chemical addiction, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, financial disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, codependency and spiritual emergence.  

Mark’s psycho-spiritual approach to healing is influenced by his own interest in spirituality.  He has studied a variety of spiritual paths and methods which he integrates and brings to his therapeutic practice.  He feels deeply honored to accompany people on their own unique path of maturing into full human beings as they become increasingly transparent to the divine in daily life.

Mark also holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido, a peaceful martial art, which teaches us how to find our own “center” (or Hara), to extend “ki” (life force), and to blend our energy with opposing forces and redirect them in skillful ways.  Mark is passionate about using the principles of Aikido and Hara to assist clients in creating safety, which helps them become more present and centered in daily life.  When we feel centered within ourselves and safe in the world, we are able to contact and express our true divine essence and to more skillfully respond to the influences which pull and push on us at home and in work life.  

Mark has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a graduate degree in international management (M.I.M.), and a graduate degree in counseling psychology (M.A.).  Mark has trained in a variety of therapy modalities and his counseling approach is eclectic and unique to each client.  He is an approved affiliate and certified facilitator of Inner Bonding®.

Colorado LPC License# 5091



Mike Moran, LCSW, CST, CCAT
New York, NY, & Jersey City, NJ

Simply put, Inner Bonding is liberation. Not that you'll never feel fear, or loneliness, not that you won't have challenges and heaps of learning opportunities...but life shifts from being a burden to be endured to an adventure to be embraced; we R-E-L-A-X.  Believe me, I've been on both sides and if I can do it, so can you.  For me, IB represents a pivotal link in my personal and professional quest for the last 25 years -- it has helped cultivate a palpable faith that I'm exactly where I need to be...gratitude is a beautiful thing.

Like many of us, I was led to Inner Bonding by a rather circuitous route.  While I had developed a disciplined meditation practice which was a cornerstone of my self-care and spiritual practice, Inner Bonding helped shift my consciousness to a whole other level.  In 2002, I was looking for the next step, and as is so often the case when we can allow it, the teacher appears when the student is ready, and I read about Inner Bonding and Margaret's retreat weekend and immediately signed up and began working the six steps.  Now, so many years later, it remains my personal and professional capstone...the process I rely on that brings an authentic aliveness not of this world...this stuff works.  If you are getting stuck, as many of us do when first practicing IB, and are not sure where you're going off-course, or if you're hitting something big (trauma) that you intuitively feel it would be best not to navigate by yourself, we facilitators can help.  

I’m a licensed holistic psychotherapist with offices in New York, NY (Chelsea) &  Jersey City, NJ, and my services are reimbursable via your health insurance for in-person sessions.  In addition to being a Certified IB Facilitator, I love working with couples and singles on relationship issues and am a Certified EFT Therapist (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) with Dr. Sue Johnson (which aligns perfectly with IB) and have trained directly with Dr. John Gottman in Gottman Method Couples Therapy in Seattle. I’m also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist so can responsibly address all sexual issues when needed.  I'm also trained in EMDR (Levels I, II, and III) with Dr. Laurel Parnell, a powerful modality in releasing traumatic material from the nervous system, and hold a Certification in Creative Arts Therapy and Performance Wellness from the New School for Social Research -- I really enjoy working with people intrigued by their creativity (and by the way, we are ALL creative!).  I also have much experience working with the LGBT population, a community dear to my heart.  

We're all on this journey together and I consider it an honor to assist others in this process of embracing and re-claiming all of who they are. I am available for in-person, Skype, and phone sessions and will provide a 15-minute consultation at no charge to discuss what you're looking to address in more detail.  For more about my journey and work please see my website www.fulfilledcouples.com.

Sharon Clark Pearson, Ph.D.
Pendleton IN
(765) 620-1667

I found Inner Bonding as I was trying to put the pieces of my life and faith together.  I lived in a deep faith, had a B.A. in Social Work and an advanced degree in Theology so I was frustrated at feeling that my life was falling apart.  Working toward perfection in school (full-time for an advanced degree), part-time employment, parenting, and being a spiritual leader resulted in stress that was only part of the problem. Not knowing what would help seemed the bigger problem.  Learning the 6 steps of Inner Bonding allowed me to learn about the wounds that prevented me from experiencing compassion (not self-pity) on an inner level.  This process, which includes the foundation of a spiritual connection, helped me put heart, soul, mind, and body together and granted me a practical means to grow and heal. Inner Bonding has taught me to follow and live in a new understanding of God’s love, from the inside out.

My training and career has been as a social worker, minister, and professor. I experience my deepest joy when I see persons, groups and communities experience God’s unconditional Love.  I love to see the miracles that happen when someone, in the intent to learn, attends to their own fears and hurts in such a loving way as to find healing and hope.  Such healing is compelling and contagious. I am especially delighted to address issues of grief and spiritual abuse and their impact on spiritual life. I am not a counselor, but rather a consultant or facilitator or coach in Inner Bonding. I consider my IB support to be that of ministry and healing.

My professional credentials are:

1974 B A in Social Work, 1979 MA in Religion, 1987 Ministerial Ordination

1993 Ph.D. in Theology, 1998 Certified Inner Bonding® Educator/Facilitator

My training in R.I.E.  (Resources for Infant Educarers-Ages 0-3) and in Monty Robert’s non-violent Horse Training (Leadership and Trust) also informs my work with clients.

Contact Information:

Sharon Pearson

P.O. Box 92, Oakville, IN 47367

Phone:  (765) 620-1667.


Sylvia Poareo, M.S.W.
Fullerton CA
Sylvia Poareo grew up in Southern California in various foster and relative homes. Despite her chaotic beginning, her personal connection to the Divine sustained and guided her to seek the light in the darkness. Still, as a young adult, she felt lost, alone, and unlovable until she learned about Inner Bonding. With Inner Bonding, she learned to love and re-parent herself and create the life she always wanted.

Having experienced transformation, she was drawn to helping others heal. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare at UCLA, and became a certified spiritual counselor with the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person. For over 15 years, she has shared the power of Inner Bonding through social work in hospital, adoption and foster care settings, as well as, with children/families in the elementary schools using play/art therapy and training others in these processes.

She continues to provide Inner Bonding support with individuals, children and families, serving as a “midwife to the healing process”; gently guiding clients through an inherently intuitive exploration to nurture loving and compassionate connection within, with God and with others. She also facilitates a deeply nurturing and supportive monthly Inner Bonding Support group in Fullerton, CA.  


Having been inspired by her own amazing and challenging experiences of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, she also developed a focus on supporting mothers. She enjoys offering compassionate support to pregnant and parenting mothers through individual sessions, Conscious Mothering Circles, Blessings, and the Red Tent. She feels passionately that motherhood is an incomparable time of growth, learning and healing, to be engaged in consciously so we can be truly loving to ourselves, to our precious ones, and the world.

More recently, she established www.connectingwithin.com, as a safe and sacred online space that is an antidote to our disconnected society with its focus on real connection to self, to God/love, nature and each other. She feels privileged and blessed to share many powerful healing tools and help others reconnect to their true beauty and wisdom!

When not doing the work she loves, she deeply enjoys growing and playing with her family, writing,hiking, dancing, yoga, suburban farming, traveling, and being present in each glorious moment!

Shelley Riutta, MSE, LPC
Green Bay WI

Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC has been a holistic psychotherapist since 1994. She initially trained as a traditionally trained psychotherapist, receiving her degree from the University of Wisconsin -Oshkosh. She has done extensive training in powerful transformational processes that assist clients in connecting more directly with their beautiful essence and their spiritual connection. She is a Master Level Breathwork practitioner. She assists clients in shifting their lives from the ego based living of the wounded self to living from the Joy of their True Spirit. She has a special interest in supporting clients to be in the higher vibrational states of Joy, Creativity, Passion, Purpose and Fun - which are the natural states of the Essence.

She has been integrating Inner Bonding into her practice since 1998. She has assisted Margaret Paul at 4 Inner Bonding Intensives and has co-facilitated 3 Inner Bonding Intensives in upstate New York. She works with clients nationally and internationally. In addition to being a therapist, Shelley is a writer and has a column in a local alternative health publication. She also is a speaker and workshop leader-leading popular workshops titled "Living in Joy", "The Power of Your Own Pleasure", "I am Fabulous: Embracing and Celebrating You", "What Do You Really Want: Finding Your Life Purpose" and "Free Your Spirit." Shelley can be reached by phone at 920-265-2627 or through email at SRiutta@gmail.com. Her web-site is www.RadiantLifeCounseling.com

These are comments from clients who have worked with Shelley:

"My experience with Shelley has been - well, life-changing. She and her methods: Inner Bonding, breathwork, visualization, not to mention her profound compassion and endless wisdom create the difference between an average therapy session and true healing. Working with Shelley allows me to heal pains of the past that stifled the pursuit of my true dreams and joys. For me she is an angel on Earth." L.R., Green Bay, WI

"Shelley is so gentle with her wisdom and insights. I appreciate that - I always feel she understands the process and challenges of learning Inner Bonding. Every session there is always a gem of an offering that I take away and it becomes part of my practice. I am truly grateful for her help. Finally, after years and years with other therapists, do I now get it and I have Shelley to thank for helping through the hard stuff..." M.G., Nantucket, MA

Cindy Shore
Syosset NY
My husband and I have been training in Inner Bonding for six years, both through many intensives, as well as in individual sessions with Margaret. As parents of a two year old with another on the way, we have discovered that the Inner Bonding process offers us a wonderful way to have a honest and loving relationship with our son, in addition to providing him with the necessary tools to help him develop into a joyous, grounded well- adjusted young adult.

We have incorporated the inner bonding process into our daily lives and we are thankful for the gifts it has given us. I am now fully committed to becoming a certified Inner Bonding facilitator. It is time to give back to others what I have so generously received through this process. My passion lies with children. I am eager to teach parents an alternative way of communicating with their children through Inner Bonding.

When I had my son I was an overwhelmed, frightened parent. I wanted so desperately to do everything right. Between the pressure I was putting myself under and the lack of tools to do so, I became paralyzed and depressed. Once I began to use the Inner Bonding

I felt a tremendous shift from helplessness to hopefulness. I knew I could do this and be successful at it. My son and I now have a wonderful way of communicating that is warm and loving. I never have to resort to the more aggressive techniques that so many parents have to use out of lack of a better alternative. I assume if I went through these feelings and challenges so must every new parent. My goal is to play a significant role in making a change that will help parents to navigate their children through life with support and love rather than control and aggression.

Nancy-Caroline Swisher, MA, MFA
Fairfield IA

Nancy is a Transformational Coach, Metaphysical and Spiritual teacher, Mystic, Artist and award-winning Poet.  She has been a Certified Inner Bonding Facilitator since 2002 and loves sharing and teaching this incredible process.  For over 20 years, Nancy has been mentoring personal and spiritual growth. In l993 she was certified in The Metaphysical Nature of Abuse, a two-year training that included courses on Depth Psychology, Quantum Physics, Metaphysics, and Native American practices of healing.  She is also certified in Emotional Freedom and Healing, which is a Tapping technique to release the energetic frequency of programmed beliefs. The most important and valuable asset Nancy offers is her Presence.   She is able to communicate about all the levels of consciousness her client’s move through on their transformational journey.  She tunes in deeply and yet is able to bring humor and lightness to the challenges of the human condition, knowing the truth that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.  Ultimately, she supports each person she works with to discover their own deep wisdom, heal the past, and to manifest their divine potential.

An email from a client:

“It was during the session with you that I gained so much clarity and understanding of those feelings. As a result, any heaviness that I was experiencing was lifted. I was less afraid of the pain once I understood it.  You have such a way with words and you frequently re-articulate what I am feeling deep down in a way that just hits the nail on the head immediately for me. And I am so, so grateful that.”

Nancy travels to London each year to teach the Inner Bonding Weekend Workshop.  She works with clients from all over the world via Skype.  To read more about Nancy’s unique perspective on transformation and conscious evolution, read her blog at http://choosingselflove.com/blog/  She offers a free Skype chat if you are interested in finding out more about working with her.  View her art at http://artfiftytwo.com/nancy-swisher

Nancy Weston
Danbury CT
Nancy Weston is an Approved Inner Bonding Affiliate and enjoys assisting others in their efforts to incorporate Inner Bonding and Dreamwork into their lives. For individuals on a healing path, Inner Bonding and dreamwork both offer powerful techniques for deep inner exploration.

It is Nancy's belief that looking at dreams through an Inner Bonding perspective can help give voice to all our parts, increasing our understanding of our core Self, wounded self parts, loving Adult, and our relationship to our Higher Power.

As an experienced educator, Nancy brings knowledge of psychology, literature, and archetypes to dreamwork. She has studied with leading professional dreamworkers such as Jeremy Taylor, and co-facilitates dream groups, workshops, and courses.

Nancy has successfully parented two young-adult children, she writes and dreams, and she is a performing folk musician. She brings a passion for life to everything she does. Her most-loved place on earth is Greece, to which she has been 4 times in the last 6 years (favorite trip: backing the Greek Isles with her 24-year old daughter!) Her favorite quotations are: "What is going on in your Innermost Being is worthy of your whole love" (Rainer Maria Rilke) and "When you pay attention to your dreams, you inhabit a much larger part of your soul." (Robert Bosnak)

Trained directly by Margaret Paul, Nancy assists at workshops and intensives, runs workshops, facilitates ongoing monthly Inner Bonding support groups, and sees private clients.

Located in western Connecticut, Nancy is available by appointment for phone or in-person assistance with both Inner Bonding and dreamwork, for workshops and presentations for your organization, and for assistance in forming a dream group.

Member of the American Counseling Association; certificates from the Institute of Advanced Archetypal Studies, the American Hypnosis Training Academy, the Institute for the Enhancement of Dreamwork; training in Core Energetics.

For information and fees: 203-744-6823 ; InnerKid2@aol.com

Inner Bonding Facilitators-In-Training
The following people are in the process of getting certified in Inner Bonding and are available to see clients.

Pedro Alvarez
Cadiz, Spain


I went to the university to become an economist but later my creative side made me become a graphic designer. Today I own a very successful studio that specializes in advertising, corporate and marketing advising. The studio is in Cadiz, southern Spain, where I live.

My mother died when I was 3 years old and 7 years later my father died. I was raised by my older siblings and family. Because everybody around me was so wounded I was provided with everything material but most of my emotional needs were unmet. I always felt a deep loneliness, so deep that I wasn't even aware of it.

In 1995, after a crisis in a personal relationship, I realized that I was missing something out of life. I started looking and researching. I did therapy, went to seminars, read tons of books. One of the books was Healing Your Aloneness. Somehow It clicked inside of me. A couple of years later the book was still lingering in my head. I tried to contact Margie through friends in the states but it was impossible. in January year 2000 during a short vacation in the USA I just called information service asked for Margie's phone number. They gave it to me, I called and Margie answered!. She told me about Inner Bonding and the intensives. I decided to make the effort because even if I have to sell my car or spend all my savings I owe it to myself. I went to my first intensive in May that year and since then I have healed so much that had you told me before I wouldn't believe you - no way! And I even have a much, much better car!

While still in my healing journey I decided to commit part of my time and energy to make INNER BONDING available to more people, especially to the people in Spain and Spanish speaking people. I have been training since then to facilitate in Inner Bonding. yopedro@hotmail.com

Sharon Appleby
Toronto CANADA

Sharon Appleby, B.A. Sociology

I became a certified therapist nineteen years ago and started my own healing process.   After my three year certified program and learning many other healing methods my life began to unravel. Two babies and newly separated my life was a mess, but I was encouraged to take one more program, Inner Bonding.  At the workshop I immediately connected to Margaret and her work.  I read her book “Do I have to give up me to be loved by God” and have practiced IB ever since. My husband and I got back together and as I continued to learn IB I found a new level of self-love and began to take responsibilities for my feelings, which has been liberating.  Free from many false beliefs and understanding my wounded ego better I started to experience joy and love at a whole different level!   

I am passionate about Inner Bonding and excited to start my training to become a facilitator. I hope to have the opportunity to accompany you on finding your loving adult and spiritual connection through your guidance.

I live in Toronto, Canada and can be reached by email at sharonappleby@rogers.com or phone 416-605-3018.

Deboral Breedveld
Madrid SPAIN
(+34) 626.68.52.59

I was born and raised in a wealthy family feeling constant aloneness due to lack of spiritual connection from both of my parents and other caregivers and thus their disconnection with me. 

As a child I grew up believing that some day a special person will come and save me from all this pain and loneliness. I learned to feel comfortable in a lonely-state-of-heart reading poetry and self-help books for many years.

After my divorce in 2010 I decided to take personal responsibility for my biggest fears and false beliefs. I started this passionate and evolving path towards consciousness where the Inner Bonding process and community has been key.

Today I work as a psychotherapist and both my personal and professional life are experiencing significant healing changes. 

I feel very grateful to my teachers included my son, my parents and my beloved fellow inner bonding facilitator Pedro. 

Denise Dziwak
Buenos Aires ARGENTINA
++54 9 114067 5021

Inner Bonding has been THE most powerful tool for healing myself since I started my spiritual journey in 2007. My spiritual teacher presented Inner Bonding me at a retreat, to which I had gone to be able to become a mother after not having been able to for a while. The effect of Inner Bonding, in the context of new spiritual practices such as meditations and decrees, was immediate and one month later I was pregnant with my first daughter.

I continued my healing process and after having my baby decided to change career paths. I left the corporate world, in which I had been working for the previous 10 years as an engineer in the marketing area, to work as a spiritual therapist, to help other people improve their wellbeing.

My life´s vision is to increase humanity´s level of consciousness in order to live in a world of LOVE and UNITY.

To achieve this vision, I work with people in learning processes that allow them to gain consciousness. This enables them to know their True Self and be able to manifest this in their daily lives, brining wellness to themselves and others. 

My work is based on conversations as a life coach, using healing practices such as: guided meditations to connect to the Universal Source of knowledge, love and power (God for me); Touch for Health, which is applied kinesiology to connect with the body´s message from the soul, thru balancing energy meridians, and others such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Energy Healing of Chakras and Vortices and Angel´s Therapy.

I am now training myself to become an Inner Bonding facilitator, a dream I have had for a couple of years and now is coming a reality. I am grateful to all the people, Margaret especially who is so kind and loving, who have helped create and offer Inner Bonding to the world.

If you need any assistance in your spiritual journey or are looking to feel better with yourself or your life in any way, do not hesitate to contact me and, God willing, I will be ready to assist you. I am a fluent Spanish speaker in case you prefer to have the Inner Bonding sessions in this language.

Let the journey begin…


Skype: denise_dziwak

Email: denise_dziwak@hotmail.com

Lisa Lipton, M.A., MFT
Mission Viejo CA
(949) 310-2311

My name is Lisa Lipton, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade’s worth of experience helping individual adults, college students, and teens resolve anxiety and depression, get in touch with their true selves, and overcome the obstacles that are keeping them from creating the relationships, joy, and life they so desire.

My passion and purpose is to help you live a life you love: a life filled with joy, peace and vitality!

This purpose, this passion, has led me to investigate numerous alternative approaches to traditional talk therapy, including Spiritual Psychology, Energy Psychology, and psycho-spiritual techniques including Inner Bonding.

Inner Bonding can help you establish a deep, daily personal connection and dialogue with a loving source of spiritual guidance that heals the false beliefs of your wounded self – beliefs that underlie the anxiety, pain, fear, and relationship problems in your life.

Inner Bonding is one of the more powerful and transformational techniques I incorporate into the Spiritual Counseling work I do and has helped many of my clients create profound connections with their true selves, Spirit, and others that heal emptiness and unleash creativity, passion, purpose, and joy!

Incorporating these modalities into my practice has helped my clients make the kinds of breakthroughs they’ve been looking for: Positive, deep, lasting transformational changes.

I have enjoyed introducing many of my clients to these innovative ways of thinking and healing, and the results have been astounding… I truly love the work I do!



Kim Morrow Taff, EdS, LPC
Atlanta GA

I found Inner Bonding when I read, “Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by God?” a few years ago. You must know that I am an avid reader. I have read many books for my own personal path of healing as well as part of my graduate work. When I read this book, I knew this was groundbreaking for me. I had never contacted an author personally before, but I felt compelled to tell her how excited and how moved I was by her book. I received a prompt loving response from her inviting me to join this amazing, loving community. After studying countless theories and approaches and years of my own personal therapy and growth, I was thrilled to find a practice that brought everything I had ever found meaningful together in one cohesive package. Drawing from the wisdom of spirituality and psychology, Inner Bonding helps us to discover our precious inner child, full of creativity and joy who is just waiting for our love and devotion. I am a big believer in the power of teaching the processes I have found to be personally effective for me. I approach therapy in the spirit of collaboration as a fellow traveler rather than from a position as an expert or an authority. By providing a safe space within the context of a healing relationship, I help clients explore where they get stuck with curiosity and compassion. My style is both sensitive and direct. I support my clients by helping them authentically align with their true selves in the midst of facing challenging situations, releasing long-standing false beliefs, or simply connecting with their own inner experience.

Kim Morrow Taff, EdS, LPC, holds a Master of Science and a Specialist degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She has clinical experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She began her work as a therapist at a community mental health center, where she worked with individuals, couples, and families in many areas of concern, including depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, anger management, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, trauma history, and relationship issues. She facilitates her clients’ growth and change by using a strengths-based approach, empowering them to find a path toward wholeness. She is a certified Grief Recovery specialist and enjoys art therapy and dream work. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

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Meredith (Merry) Oislander, MS, PD
Long Island NY

I found Inner Bonding quite synchronistically back in the spring of 2003 and attended my first intensive that summer. From the minute I watched Margaret work with the first person and saw how quickly IB went to the depth of a persons soul, I knew I had found something really special and that this was for me. I realized during that intensive that a 5-day process of Inner Bonding did for me what 10 years of therapy didn't. I began working this process with Margaret very intensely and noticed incredible changes in my life. My search for internal happiness seemed to be a never-ending journey until I found this 6-step process. I really was able to start finding that happiness which I spent years searching for in this 6-step process. The layers of my wounded self started peeling away leaving me space to find my core essence and really live peacefully in it. I've handled life better and my relationships have become more real and connected as I connected to my core essence and my guidance and most importantly I have learned to share love. IB has taken me though some really tough transitions in my life and I am so grateful for this process.

I'm a High School health teacher for 11th grade and immediately came home and started teaching Inner Bonding to my students. Believe it not they embraced it really well and I started to see a way that I could really help them become happier and more productive in their lives as well as more peaceful in their skins especially during years than can be so difficult and stressful for them. I incorporated Inner Bonding into a 3-day retreat I take my students on and saw miracles happen. I'm convinced the younger this process is taught the happier our children will be.

With that said it is now time that I am interested in giving back to the Inner Bonding community and to others as well what I have been so genuinely blessed to find through the Inner Bonding process. I have been a High School Health teacher for 30 years and have taught about self-esteem and addiction. I'm a Master Practioner of Neuro Linguistic programming, Time Line Therapy, Hypnotherapy and have a certificate for Addictions Counseling. I'm certified in Reiki and a Kripalu Yoga teacher as well and am so very excited to now join the ranks of Inner Bonding Facilitators in training. If interested in working with me you can reach me at 516-527-5371 or e-mail me at merryooo@msn.com. I look forward to working with you!