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.



Just Released


Edited by Dorothy Firman, Ed.D, BCC with a foreword by Patrick Williams, this book is the first comprehensive book on psychosynthesis life coaching to be be published in the United States. With 30 authors from around the world, and topics covering life, business and wellness coaching, this book offers a deep journey into the work of psychosynthesis life coaching. It will serve all coaches, helping professionals and seekers on the path of life development. To order a copy, ask for it at your local bookstore, or on Amazon, Amazon UK and Barnes and Noble.

The Path Ahead: Become a Psychosynthesis Life, business, or wellness 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.

Synthesis San Francisco offers a comprehensive training program, with options geared towards Certified Life Coach Training and Professional Leadership. Susan Jewkes Allen, the director is affiliated with the Institute for Psychosynthesis in Italy, as well as working closely with the Synthesis Center. Dorothy Firman co-leads the Distance Learning Program, which will start in January 2019, as an international program, offering monthly video conferences, one on one meetings, on-demand learning, practicum work and more. For more on the program, visit: For a personal conversation with either Susan or Didi, contact us at 

Independent Study Programs, are available through the Synthesis center and its director, Didi Firman. Independent study is an option that is available for those who may not be able to work within other formats. The IS option will include connection to the Distance Learning Program in San Francisco.

Personally Designed Programs are also available for indivdiuals and groups who want training in psychosynthesis in a specific orientation. This includes advanced training for people who already have psychosynthesis training, directed training for people who want to apply psychosynthesis to a unique field of endevor, and personal growth process work, for those seeking to work on their own evolution. For more on the IS and PD programs contact:

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 will start in early 2019. 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:

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, which is now in its second year.   Visit them at:

Synthesis Northeast serves those in New England with a fully in-person psychosynthesis training and professional coach certification program. The program takes place over the course of one year with weekend trainings near Brattleboro, Vermont. Applications are now being accepted for the next course starting in the spring of 2019, under the leadership of Jon Schottland. Visit them at

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 and personally Designed Programs are offered by the Center and its director, Dorothy Firman. Personal Coaching packages are also available, on a limited basis. Feel free to contact the Center at for more information.

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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Last Updated: January 5, 2019

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