We train mental health professionals who value progressive social change and the expansive consciousness that comes from learning to work from the inside out.

We teach in this way because we believe that when we intentionally examine our conditioning and become more aware of our impact on clients, we inevitably improve our standard of care and collectively begin to take steps to dismantle oppression in the mental health system. Freedom from conditioning allows us to be fully present with ourselves, our patients, and what is happening in the present moment. We awaken from the trance of expectations, habits, and preconceived notions. 

In this spirit, we use our experience and practice-based evidence to create trainings that inspire compassionate awareness and mindful participation in the therapeutic process.

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An Online Year-Long Program for New Professionals

Individual Online Courses

Learn to fill your knowledge gap from the inside out, at your own pace.

Our Year-Long Program for New Mental Health Professionals

When you enroll in our unique, clinician-focused, year-long program, The Confident Clinician, you have the opportunity to:

  • access online curriculum and experiential exercises at your own pace
  • participate in LIVE weekly group calls to get real-time support, feedback, and answers to questions from dedicated instructors who are invested in your success
  • engage with an exclusive Facebook community of nonjudgmental mental health professionals who are on the same journey as you, to build your network and support each other
  • participate in LIVE monthly workshops that are designed to help you gain more confidence in yourself and your craft

Our Individual Courses

When you participate in our individual courses, you have the opportunity to engage in a transformative process that has as much potential to deepen your experience of yourself as it is to learn important clinical skills, regardless of your professional experience, unique skillset, or therapeutic approach.


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Our Vision

As mental health professionals, many of us look for training that will expand and refine our clinical skills, increase resiliency, and deepen self-awareness. Whether we are new to the field, a seasoned professional, or somewhere in between, there comes a point when we begin to look to fulfill continuing education units or professional development requirements with training and education that helps us learn from the inside-out.

While many universities and institutions teach skills and therapeutic approaches, we are often left to our own devices when attempting to develop the inner qualities necessary to sit with our clients compassionately and skillfully. This is one of the many reasons Inner Science Institute was created.

At InSci, we know that expanding self-awareness has a positive impact on the quality of our therapeutic presence, and because of this, we take great care to write our own material.

Born from our clinical and life experiences as well as our spiritual practices, we offer you what we hope will be a unique and rich learning experience. We operate personally and professionally through a social justice lens because we believe that therapy cannot be separated from familial, societal, and religious conditioning. With this lens in mind, we weave these important issues into our courses.

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Our Mission

Inner Science Institute (InSci) provides courses and programs for lifelong learners as well as mental health professionals interested in fulfilling continuing education units. An integrative institute informed by the inner sciences of psychology and spirituality, InSci offers transdisciplinary education and training to those interested in personal transformation, social change, and spiritual awakening.

Through its unique curriculum, InSci aims to inspire professionals to move toward mindful participation in the therapeutic process while encouraging the co-emergence of expansive self-awareness alongside increasingly more intense world events.

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Women Who Run the Show

Co-Founder, CEO, Instructor

Tamara has degrees and certificates in integral counseling psychology, neurobiologically-informed trauma treatment, mindful self-compassion, meditation, spiritual counseling, energy medicine, shamanic counseling, and ecopsychology. In addition to receiving her Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2007, Tamara has studied and trained in spiritual and psychological traditions from all over the globe. She is dedicated to teaching spiritual principles and practices specifically tailored to improve mental and emotional health.

In her private practice Tamara specializes in helping women recognize & amplify inner resources to recover from trauma, anxiety, stress, and depression while attending to the important relationships in their lives. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to www.psychospiritualcounseling.net.

Co-Founder, Instructor

Deborah has degrees and training in integral counseling psychology, psychological process work, re-evaluation counseling, and extensive experience in all phases of addiction treatment. She received her Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 1991 and has served as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and instructor in a variety of community-based, educational, and private practice settings. As an adjunct professor, she has taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. While teaching and mentoring pre-professionals in the field of community mental health, Deborah expanded services by developing and running practicum sites. She has also created avenues to advance cultural competency, address stress and vicarious trauma, and encourage comprehensive grief support.

Throughout her 30+ year career, Deborah has respected and addressed the practical realities of life alongside deeper identity and soul-searching aspects of therapeutic work. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to www.deborahyarockmft.com.

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