Want to react less -- and respond more?

Creating and maintaining relationships between your Self and parts, as well as among your parts, will help you lead a life of greater ease -- filled with more calm, clarity, courage, creativity, curiosity, confidence, and compassion -- as well as connection to yourself and others.
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Hello. I'm kristine (she/they). As an able-bodied cisgender white person, I am working to be more conscious of my privilege, and to use it to help make the world better for everyone. My ancestors came to the United States from Europe and the Middle East. I identify as a woman, a feminist, a lesbian and a queer person, someone who is now situated in the middle class, and who became a parent in midlife. I live on the sacred, yet unceded, land of the Quinnipiac people in New Haven, CT, US. I am working to better understand the marginalizations of other people, and I hope to be considered an ally. “There is a part of me that (sic) wants to give more voice to the voiceless, make the invisible more visible, bring the periphery to the centre.” -Elif Shafak I'm an author, IFS therapist, and professor. As an IFS therapist, I guide people in creating and maintaining relationships between their Self and parts (parts who have valuable messages for us, but who often need to be befriended and updated, if not also unburdened), as well as among their parts. As a result of doing the work, we can better attune to and 'be with' our parts, rather than 'be' our parts; we are then able to react less -- and to respond more. So my own intent to give more voice to the voiceless occurs in our external worlds as I work toward social justice; my intent to give more voice to the voiceless also occurs in our inner worlds as I guide people to invite greater mutual communication with their parts, and therefore become more relational with their parts. I've enjoyed working with parents, teens, and adults of all ages from early adulthood to late adulthood, in outpatient and residential services treatment for addictive behaviors and unmet mental health needs. I have completed IFS Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 trainings, and I also serve as an IFS Level 1 Program Assistant, helping others absorb IFS as they attend to their own parts. I have completed postdoctoral coursework at the C. G. Jung Institute in NYC, served as a fellow at the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, earned my PhD in Lifespan Development (how the gains and losses in emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being change from womb to tomb) from the University of Nebraska, my MS in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University (where I also serve on the Psychology faculty), and my BA in Psychology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. In addition to work, I'm fond of being with family and friends, spending time in the pottery studio, wheeling around with my bicycle, foraging for black licorice, and devouring detective novels. If you are interested in seeing if we are a good fit, please click on 'Contact' at the top of the page so we can discuss your needs and potentially set up an initial session. Before the initial session, I suggest you consider what your intentions are for IFS work, and what is important to your parts in an IFS therapist. Our initial session will allow you to express your present struggles, strengths, and intentions while you also determine if we are a good fit. I am out of network, so if you have insurance in the state of CT, upon your request I can provide you with a monthly claim for for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement after meeting any deductible you have. If you are unable to pay my fee, I don't offer a sliding scale. Yet I am committed to social justice and doing what I can to expand access to IFS for clients ready to do IFS work, so I offer shorter sessions for lower rates, biweekly sessions in addition to weekly sessions, and a limited number of monthly 50 minute sessions for $50 for people who are ready to do IFS work yet who cannot pay my fee and register with Open Path Collective: https://openpathcollective.org/clinicians/kristine-anthis/ You can determine your eligibility here: https://openpathcollective.org/who-our-nonprofit-serves/ In our initial session, I will be determining the needs of your internal family system to see if we are a good fit -- and if I can match your scheduling needs with those of my own -- given I can only see a few clients at a time due to my personal responsibilities as a parent, and my other professional responsibilities as an author and professor. If we are able to work together, we can schedule appointments after our initial session. If we aren't able to work together, a directory of other IFS therapists and IFS practitioners is available at: https://ifs-institute.com/practitioners
kristine anthis, PhD, LPCA
East of the Sun and West of the Moon, LLC

IFS to Grow & Heal

  • Ableism
  • Ageism
  • Ancestral and/or Cultural Legacy Burdens
  • Attachment Ruptures w/o Repair
  • Borderline Parts from Lack of Attunement
  • Boundary Violations in Enmeshed Families
  • Cisgenderism
  • Bullying, Humiliation, and/or Shaming
  • Classism
  • Dissociating and/or Dysregulating Parts
  • Complex or Relational Trauma
  • Family Scapegoating
  • Gaslighting & Narcissistic Abuse
  • Grief
  • Heterosexism
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Intersectional Marginalizations
  • Later Parenthood
  • Microaggressions/Systemic Oppression
  • Parenting with Childhood/Current Trauma
  • Patriarchy & Toxic Masculinity
  • Polyphobia
  • Racism
  • Repetition Compulsion
  • Workplace Mobbing


  • Internal Family Systems


  • 25 Minute Session: $75
  • 50 Minute Session: $150
  • 75 Minute Session: $225