Welcome To IFS

 WELCOME.The Institute for Family Services (IFS) is a team of family therapists committed to producing change that embraces safe, respectful, nurturing and empowering relationships for all individuals, communities and families.

The Institute is well known throughout New Jersey and the nation for its innovative programs. These programs support family members around issues of loss, chronic illness, substance abuse, marital conflict, divorce, post-divorce, single parenthood, youth, children and parenting in crises, workplace challenges and mental health in New Jersey. The programs also encourage healing by embracing life-affirming choices, based on a strong foundation of empowerment and accountability. Mindful of the resilience embodied by those who struggle, our therapeutic process anchors the problems presented within a system of support, care, and action strategies.                              

Our Services

Family Therapy ...

The structure of families today range from the traditional nuclear families, single parent families, extended families, etc. living together, each wit...

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Post-Graduate Training/Internship ...

Post-Graduate Training Program:  Liberation Based Practice Trainees receive didactic and live supervision in the clinic, working with wide ...

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Liberation Based Healing Conferences...

The Annual Liberation-Based Healing Conference Since 2005 the Institute for Family Services has been bringing together health  practitioners, ...

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Workshops: Foundational Pillars of Critical Concio...

Please contact us at wecare4uifs@gmail.com if you would like to discuss a tailored workshop for your organization. Our team has...

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Liberation Based Healing

Our view of healing and therapeutic practices:

Liberation-based Healing is a combination of practices of therapy grounded in decolonial scholarship, critical social learning, and family therapy interventions. This process of critical learning and dialogue around presenting issues is developed through innovative use of social media, culture circles, and community sponsors. Sponsors are men, women and adolescents who have had transformative experiences with this approach and ally with new clients in their efforts to heal.

The step-by-step building of social capital makes this therapeutic approach sustainable over time. This approach to healing departs from traditional practices of pathologizing clients, or focusing solely on symptom reduction. While being symptom-free is important, therapeutic focus is on building and strengthening foundations of resistance and resilience. Therapists at the Institute work towards creating and sustaining a community of helpers, clientele, friends, and professionals.

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."-Gabriel García Márquez        

Dr. Rhea Almeida,
MS, Ph.D, LCSW
Founder of IFS  

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Our Team

Dr. Andre L. Brown,

PhD, LMFT

Faculty...

Diana A. Melendez Romero

MSW, LCSW

Faculty, Director of Progresando en Comunidad...

Lisa Dressner

MSW, LCSW

Faculty, Director of Training...

Dr. Rhea Almeida

MS, Ph.D, LCSW

Founder and Executive Director of IFS ...

Dr. EunjungRyu

PhD, LMFT,LCSW

Faculty...

Dr. Carolyn Tubbs

PhD, LMFT-S

Faculty   ...



  • Marriage as a Partnership

        "We are so great Rich and I and enjoying our new baby Nellie is just about six months old and we are enjoying her massively. We are very much a partnership around everything related to her and the other children and in a very good ...

  • Life outside Work

    "I thought I came here for therapy. What I received was a gift of life that included learning how to be a man in today's world both in my home and at work. I feel more loved at home and my work colleagues describe me as more caring and compe...

  • Expanding Definitions of Courage and Masculinity

    "I never imagined that learning new notions of masculinity such as expanded emotionality, embracing femininity, balancing work and family life, embracing relatedness over individualism, valuing collaboration, maintaining flexibility, valuing sha...

  • Intersectionality of Spirituality and Family Life

    “I have always struggled to bridge the teachings of our scriptures with fairness in the lives of women, our lives. Here we were able to integrate the powerful readings and forces of Goddesses in Hinduism, and bring their relevance to bear on da...

  • Finding Community

    "Your vision and your ability to help us recognize our own wisdom has helped us to create our own community where we can be supported, make mistakes, celebrate our successes, and encourage our growth. Thank you for being an incredible power in m...

  • A Different View of Desegregation.

    “I was shocked to hear a bunch of white, Indian and Latino and Black men talking about racism in the workplace at my third session! What I discovered, though I never expected it, was a mutual sense of respect and care that I did not believe cou...

  • Years later-lessons stayed with me

    "Dr. Rhea Almeida- I know that it has been a long time but first I want to say thank you for everything you have taught and instilled in me.  I still follow all your teaching to this day and is what has made my life so fulfilling....

Article Spotlight.

The consequences of social isolation....   Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times   Click  

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Books & Publications

Transformative Family Therapy:...

Book Review "Transformative Family Therapy: Just Families in a Just Society is a triumph! Ba...

Expansions of Feminist Family ...

xpansions of Feminist Family Theory Through Diversity reconstructs feminist family therapy to includ...

Transformations of Gender and ...

Book Review "Rhea Almeida and her collaborators are to be commended for this insightful coll...

Coming Soon!...

Liberator based healings parxis is embedded with strategies of decoloniality.Strategies of decolonia...