The Founders

Get to know Dr. Erika Chopich, one of the co-creators of the Inner Bonding process.

Erika Chopich, Ph.D.


Dr. Chopich holds a Ph.D. in psychology, is a best-selling author, and an ordained Chaplain. She has worked extensively with the homeless population around the country. Erika has a medical background and before practicing as a psychotherapist, she was an administrator for the Los Angeles Free Clinic. In addition to working with individuals, groups, and business mediation, Erika is an accomplished speaker and seminar leader. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She is co-author of Healing Your Aloneness and the Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, which have been translated into seven languages and are bestsellers in Germany.

Erika currently resides in Berthoud, Colorado. She is an accomplished pilot and an experienced chef. She continually offers her insight, creativity, quick-wit, humor and playfulness to the ever-evolving process of Inner Bonding. In addition, her unique ability to see and speak with Teachers supports the Inner Bonding process with a constant source of new information.

Erika writes and publishes her blog from a deep appreciation of nature and of life. She has the ability to observe, apply and to teach the Inner Bonding process in every, day-to-day, situation.  Her observations and her humor have gathered a large following.

Erika is passionate about her horses and spends much of her free time training and riding them. She also enjoys photography and paints in pastels. Her two dogs, Merlin and Frodo are her constant companions.

Get to know Dr. Margaret Paul, one of the co-creators of the Inner Bonding process.

Margaret Paul, Ph.D.


Dr. Paul is the author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids?, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God? and her recent books, Diet for Divine Connection and The Inner Bonding Workbook. Dr. Paul's books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages.

Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, chaplain, consultant and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967.

Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world on phone and Skype. She is able to access spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. Her current passion is bringing the Inner Bonding process to people throughout the world through her courses, books and SelfQuest®, the online program that teaches Inner Bonding® and is offered to prisons and schools, as well as sold to the general public.

Margaret is passionate about helping people rapidly heal the root cause of their pain and learn the path to joy and loving relationships.

In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, take photos, watch birds, read, ride horses, and spend time with her grandchildren.




Daily Inspiration

Set your intention for the day. Make a conscious decision that you want to be in love, compassion, peace and joy. Decide to be courageous and speak your truth. Request to draw to you all that is of the light, and to be immune to the darkness of anger, fear and judgment.


'My experience was very fulfilling.  I experienced some breakthroughs that were very helpful in continuing on the journey to "Self Love". I learned how to ask my Inner child what she needs, know that my Wounded child tells lies and to come from the Loving Adult when making decisions.'  Weekend Workshop - Kripalu - Lenox, MA 9.14

Christine Tebben

'In the beginning I arrived with my wounded self. In the end I left with my inner child. To re-find yourself is the most priceless thing you can do for yourself.' Kripalu Workshop, 9.15 - Lenox, MA


"From all other courses and trainings, this one is a diamond and I advise it to everyone.

I feel blessed to have come across this course, taking it was certainly one of the best things I could ever do for myself. I am so thankful to myself I did it. I feel like I got to know the most important secret and how to apply it.

Loving oneself is the best and absolutely essential foundation every person should have inside.

And it’s amazing how powerful it is. Just imagine that there is just one thing that is the key to feeling peace, joy, feeling secure and confident, reaching your highest potential, building happy relationships, healing relationships, solving health issues, getting free from old fears and old pain, forgiving, and many many more. Everything in your life can be healed. Just by loving yourself. It is so simple and so powerful.

If all people learned this, we would live in a completely different world."


"Love, love, loved the workshop! Working in a small group with other was very helpful. I hope to do more book studies in Missouri in the future. Inner Bonding is a loving, healing process. So Good! I recevied the emails with great articles the I share with my recovering friends. Great food for that. So grateful a friend saw my suffering and recommended your website. Ive been able to heal my traumas and share with others"  Kripalu 9.18

Linda Burns

"For personal transformation, I cannot recommend the Inner Bonding process highly enough.  Although I have been a serious Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years and have worked with psychotherapists, 12 step programs, and other healing paths, I found myself repeating emotional, relationship and career patterns that were not creating joy or harmony in my life.   Although I understood on an intellectual level my family of origin issues, I just couldn’t seem to shift the energetic patterns that created codependency, work addiction, anxiety, survival fear, and lack of self-love.  Inner Bonding is a practice that has completely changed my ability connect to a loving internal energy source.  The key is in the practice, a deceptively simple 6 step process where one learns to connect to one’s thoughts and feelings as a loving adult with the intention to learn, inviting a higher consciousness to assist in understanding oneself, and taking loving action.
"I could not be moving through a recent very painful relationship breakup with the tenderness and love I feel for myself without the practice of Inner Bonding, the online classes that I have taken (details below on each one) and the support of the Inner Bonding community.  I cannot express the depth of gratitude I have for the work of Drs. Paul and Chopich in bringing this transformative healing path to the world."

Cheryl Gibson

'There are so many pieces falling into place, leading me to a deeper knowing of how to handle my life and relationships.  The tools are invaluable and clear and easy to use.  I am just so very happy I came to be a part of this!' Los Angeles Weekend Workshop, 3.11
Caroline Waters