Rhea V. Almeida, MS, Ph.D., LCSW, founder of IFS, is a family therapist and Columbia Graduate. She has  over 30 years experience as a trainer, therapist, activist, and author.


Creator of the Cultural Context Model, Dr. Almeida is the author of three books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her upcoming book Liberatory Healing Practices is due to come out in 2017. 


Dr. Almeida has published numerous articles and is the author of her fourth book on Liberation-Based Healing Practices.

Dr. Almeida has served on the editorial boards of several distinguished journals in the field including The Journal of Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.  She currently serves as Consulting Editor for the White Privilege On-line journal and serves on the Council for Racial and Economic Diveristy at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Dr. Almeida is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and a clinical member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists.  Dr. Almeida has served on numerous boards including the Council for Contemporary Families, The American Family Therapy Academy, the National Association for Social Workers and Orthopsychiatry.  She is also an Approved Supervisor for the Association of Marital and Family Therapists. She serves on committees for doctoral students interested in pursuing research in the area of liberation based healing.

She has been featured in the Los Angles Times, CNBC, National Public Radio, USA Today and Pure Oxygen.

You can reach her or the IFS faculty at  

All IFS faculty are postgraduates trained in Family Systems Therapy, the CCM, and Liberation-Based Healing. 

Dr. Almeida received the American Family Therapy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy. She is annually honored by the Award from the Domestic Violence Hotline for her work with women and families with domestic violence. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work with women and families with domestice violence. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work with men who experience a range of challenges. 

She is nationally and internationally recognized for her standpoint on Intersectionality and Liberatory Healing Practices.


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