The therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful determinants of successful outcomes. This means that our therapeutic presence is the foundation of supporting how people heal and whether they respond positively to therapeutic efforts. Upon completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated the ability to intentionally place attention on clinically relevant, yet less obvious, aspects of the therapeutic experience. This attention will serve as a foundation for inspiring therapeutic presence, enhancing relational depth, deepening therapeutic intimacy, advancing clinical work, and increasing positive clinical outcomes.

Integrative in its approach, this course includes insights from psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, nondual awareness, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma therapy, including but not limited to Philip Bromberg, Darlene Ehrenberg, Allan Shore, Diana Fosha, Janina Fisher, Richard Shwartz, Jon Kabat Zinn, Shari Geller, Tara Brach, and John Welwood.

General Information

This course is designed specifically for mental health professionals and pre-professionals, yet all helping professionals are welcome to take the course if it feels advantageous to do so. This course in particular is suitable for spiritual counselors and chaplains.

  • 12 CEUs

    For LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Best suited for beginners to advanced level practitioners, but especially exciting to those looking to enhance their theoretical approaches with self-refection, self-awareness, mindfulness, and personal/professional growth.

  • Self-paced Course

    Written and Audio files for Each Lesson

  • Practical assignments and exercises at the end of every session. Practical learning experiences with case examples, exercises, and meditations. Numerous references for deepening presence during and after the course.


Tamara Thebert

Lead Instructor

Tamara Thebert, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist (#53456) and psychospiritual educator in Berkeley, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. She the CEO and co-founder of Inner Science Institute (InSci), providing courses and events 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. Tamara has degrees and certificates in integral counseling psychology, neurobiologically-informed trauma treatment, mindful self-compassion, meditation, spiritual counseling, and ecopsychology. Since 2004, she has studied and trained in spiritual and psychological traditions from all over the globe and 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, addiction, anxiety, and depression while attending to the important relationships in their lives. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to


From Your Colleagues

“This course on deepening therapeutic presence was a delight to take. I feel more connected to myself as a therapist and I found the wisdom in the course to be invaluable as I move forward in my practice. I took for the CEUs, and I would recommend this course to therapists and graduate students alike. ”

Sarah P., MA, LMHC

“I enjoyed the Therapeutic Presence training! Easy to listen to, maintained my attention and provided a much needed refresh on therapeutic presence. I look forward to taking other Inner Science Institute courses in the future. ”

Catherine M., LMFT


Inner Science Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Our provider number is #147142. Inner Science Institute maintains responsibility for all courses and content.

  • define therapeutic presence

  • describe three main ideas regarding the theory of therapeutic presence and why it is important for all psychotherapeutic approaches

  • describe four ways to explore the continuum of therapeutic presence

  • describe three main causes of suffering in Buddhist Psychology

  • name and explore three factors that help us facilitate the unfolding internal process, including multilevel listening, self- awareness, and foreground and background

  • understand three ways to rebne relational presence, including cultivating presence as intimacy, presence as vulnerability, and identifying with the unconditioned Self

  • describe three main ways to focus on the immediacy of the interactive experience: mindfulness, relational mindfulness, with particular attention to rupture and repair

  • recognize one main obstacle in being fully present with clients

  • create an individualized practice that includes applying at least four meditation practices, exercises, or refections that will serve to deepen professional work while navigating the subtleties of therapeutic presence


Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completing the test and evaluation form.


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We do not offer refunds, but hope you will give us an opportunity to fulfill your training needs.