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 Synthesis Center and Synthesis Center San Francisco continue their joint Psychosynthesis Life Coach training programs. These programs are international, hybrid, on-line and video conference based,
with a robust learning on demand teaching platform.
Our next program will begin in late Spring 2019.

Contact Susan Jewkes Allen in San Francisco or Didi Firman in Amherst, MA for more information or a one-on-one conversation about the program.


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.


Synthesis Center Affiliated 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.  

These trainings are accredited through the Center for Credentialing and Education, offering the internationally recognized Board Certified Coach credential (Board Certified Coaching). And in Italy, the program is ICF Accredited. These programs lead to certification as a Psychosynthesis Life Coach (PLC), a growing standard in the field of psychosynthesis. The Synthesis Center’s director, Dr. Didi Firman, is a core trainer and staff member in these 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 teaches the Distance Learning Program and is the Director of Curriculum.

Independent Study Programs are available through the Synthesis Center with 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 individuals 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 endeavour, 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 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 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, as well as advanced training, distance training in English and ICF Certification.
Cristina Pelizzatti is the director and lead teacher and programs begin throughout the year. Visit them at:


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: February 15, 2019

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