Tom Holmes, PhD
Tom Holmes is an international trainer of psychologists, social workers, counselors and holistic therapists. His specialty is spirituality in the therapeutic process. Tom is the author of Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life, which has sold over 50,000 copies and been translated into several languages.
Tom has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University (WMU). He has been training graduate students in psychotherapy since 1985, and teaching in WMU's Holistic Health Program since 1996. Tom trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy with Richard Schwartz in the late 1980's. He has been teaching, training, and using IFS in private practice since that time.
Tom has two internationally popular programs. One focuses on training therapists on the integration of Internal Systems Therapy IST and spirituality. IST is an IFS based model of therapy with an emphasis on integrating it with other treatment models, as well as developing a non-pathologizing approach to psychological well-being. Tom's other focus is on burnout prevention for a wide range of healthcare professionals. His seminars, Healing the Healer and Tuning the Heart of the Healer integrate Western psychology with Buddhist psychology and the Sufi path of the heart, as well as spiritual teachings from Christianity, Judaism, and Daoism.