The Synthesis Center

is a nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1976. We are an organization of people committed to supporting the conscious evolution of individuals and society as a whole, through our teaching and practice of psychosynthesis. We endeavor to provide services of the highest quality in an atmosphere that is intellectually exciting, supportive of personal needs, and spiritually inspiring. Services of the Center include a network of professional training programs in psychosynthesis life coaching, coaching referrals, occasional workshops and consulting. The Center's home office is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, where we have been offering our work for forty years. How to contact us.

The Path Ahead: Become a Psychosynthesis Life or business coach, creating a path to right livelihood, in service of the well-being of individuals, groups, families, businesses and our world.


Psychosynthesis Life Coach Training Centers: National & International 

The Synthesis Center has been one of the leading centers of Psychosynthesis education and training in North America for the past 40 years.  We use the Psychosynthesis model as a very effective and transformative way to train life coaches and many others in the helping professions, as well as for the process of personal and spiritual growth, life and business effectiveness and ongoing spiritual inquiry.  We are thrilled to see the work of the Center take root and grow through new staff, in new locations, networked with the Synthesis Center to take this work into the world.

Many of these trainings are accredited through the Center for Credentialing and Education, offering the internationally recognized Board Certified Coach credential (Board Certified Coaching).  These programs also lead to certification as a Psychosynthesis Life Coach (PLC) and in some cases, to additional certifications. The Synthesis Center’s director, Didi Firman, is a regular guest trainer at many of the programs. 

Please visit these Centers to find out where you might best access training. 

Programs within the U.S.

Psychosynthesis Coaching Philadelphia, offers a largely in-person format, with in-between session, virtual support sessions. The program is run by corporate coaches, Julie Rivers and Trissa Elkins and it starts in September 2018. Offering both BCC and ICF Portfolio Path options for professional coaching certification, program content will include an emphasis on corporate and well as personal coaching. Contact them at (267)-253-6936 or, or vist them at:

Synthesis San Francisco offers a comprehensive training program, with options geared towards Certified Life Coach Training; Personal Growth; and Professional Leadership.   Susan Allen, the director and primary teacher is affiliated with the Institute for Psychosynthesis in Italy, as well as working closely with the Synthesis Center. The three program paths will begin in the fall of 2018 and are offered in three formats: in-person weekends, hybrid programs and distance Learning Formats, for those unable to attend training in the U.S. Visit them at: 

Psychospiritual Coaching, in Southern Florida, offers a hybrid program, with several in person weekends and ongoing distance conferences. Valerie Silidker and Alyssa Whitehouse direct this program.  Their next training starts in October, 2018. Visit them at:

Synthesis Northeast serves those within the New England/NY region with the fully in-person psychosynthesis training and professional coach certification program previously offered through the Synthesis Center. The program takes place over the course of one year with weekend trainings at the beautiful Hallelujah Farm Retreat Center, just minutes outside of Brattleboro, Vermont. Applications are now being accepted for the next course starting in the spring of 2019, under the leadership of Jon Schottland formerly of the Synthesis Center training staff. Visit them at For more details contact or call (802) 451-6768

International Program:

Synthesis Coaching Italia, centered in Milan, offers a hybrid training, with in-person weekend and video-conference training, offered in Italian. Cristina Pelizzatti is the director and lead teacher and programs begin throughout the year. Visit them at:

The Synthesis Center: 

The Synthesis Center, currently functions to offer best fit referrals to training Centers, as well as a referral source for trained Psychosynthesis Coaches. Independent Studies, for specialized orientation, or when other options are not available, can be offered by the Center and its director, Dorothy Firman. Feel free to contact the Center at Training@ for more information on psychosynthesis training options through our networked Centers or for information on Independent Study options. 


Didi Firman, our training program director, also has a blog on the Psychology Today web site. Click here to visit "Living a Life of Purpose; Spirituality in Real Time."


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The Synthesis Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations are deductible for U.S. Income Tax purposes. Your donations go towards scholarships for our programs & general operating expenses. We depend on donations for about 20% of our operating budget. We greatly appreciate the support of our friends and community & thanks to all those who donate.

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And to contact our Facebook manager, e-mail Marjorie Hope Gross. Marjorie is on our affiliated staff and you can find out more about her on our "find a Coach" page.

Last Updated: June 30, 2018

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