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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and Transpersonal Coaching

with Laura Burkett Gutierrez, MA

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Welcome. You're in the right place if:

You find yourself at a new stage in life that's inviting you into a deeper level of psychological growth and healing. You want to infuse this personal process with meaning, self-compassion, and courage.

You are a high-functioning person, but still feel burdened by "sticky" problem patterns in your life.  You want an uplifting and non-pathologizing approach, that supports you moving through life from your Center 

You are drawn to holistic and integrative approaches to psychological health and well-being that include the mind, physical body, and spirit and consider yourself an empath or highly sensitive person.  


Meet Laura Burkett Gutierrez, MA

Laura (she/her) has been working with clients locally in West Michigan and remotely in the U.S. for over 15 years. She holds a Master's degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Level-3 certified practitioner of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. Laura also works extensively in the field of eating psychology, holistic health and nutrition, and is a certified psycho-shamanic practitioner (a synthesis of depth psychology and traditional healing).


Clients often express feeling deeply understood and encouraged in their work with Laura, experiencing personal healing, a reduction in perfectionism, and a renewed sense of trust in the wisdom of their lives and their unique "wiring." 

Meet Laura

Transpersonal and IFS Therapy & Coaching

Remote & In-person sessions with Laura

One-on-one support aims to help you get back in touch with your core sense of Self so you can move through life more connected to yourself and the world around you. Some of the constraints that tend to get in the way (that we all face to some degree) include the culture-making process of becoming a member of society, an over-reliance on the head and intellect, relational wounds, and inherited burdens from our families, culture, and ancestral lines.  We work with directly with these areas to increase the vitality and health of the body, reduce psychological suffering, and untangle long-held burdensome beliefs that distort one’s sense of connection to oneself and others. 

​We also honor the unique aspects of being human like spiritual emergence and fulfillment of our potentials, though ground these experiences in a down-to-earth way.

​Though part of our journey must be done alone, (meaning it is we as individuals who must make decisions for ourselves and live our lives), we all need support and companionship along the way. In our work together, you'll find this kind of companionship, making creative use of your pain and suffering as portals for transformation and healing. It is beautiful work!


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I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate our time and the work we have done together. Before we began I always had such a deep sense of something being "wrong" with me, and that I needed to fix it in order to become the "right" kind of person. Our work has really brought me to a place of so much more self acceptance, and an understanding that what works for one person doesn't necessary dictate what will work for another. There are many ways to show up in this world, not just one "right" way. You have helped me to see and honor this. Thank you so much.

Working with Laura Burkett over the past year has changed the way I think about almost every aspect of myself. I never feel shame or embarrassment with her even in my darkest moments, just total acceptance and support. If you need, or want, some help navigating your health and inner life–which lord knows we all do–she is the kindest, smartest, and most trustworthy of guides.




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How frequently should I schedule my appointments?

Clients generally begin with weekly or bi-weekly sessions. After an initial appointment, you and Laura will discuss the best spacing of sessions based on your needs. However things are arranged, consistency is important. Many clients commit to at least 6 months of work together.  West Michigan clients have the option of meeting Laura at her Grand Rapids office. Sessions are also conducted remotely by Zoom and phone.

Do you accept insurance?

I do not. Some clients are able to use their HSA account toward sessions though most simply budget for support each month and appreciate the additional confidentiality without the involvement of insurance companies. I intentionally hold no licensure in any state, allowing for support across state lines. This work falls under the "coaching" umbrella though therapeutic in nature. Note: I do not treat severe trauma or cases of disassociation or personality disorders. This work is not a substitute for this type of therapy 

What is the cost per session?

Sessions are $170 per 55-minute session

What forms of payment can I use?

Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo,Flex Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover

What perspectives influence your work with your clients?

Many therapies focus on behavioral modifications or simply becoming better adjusted to societal norms. In our work together, the combination of IFS therapy, depth psychology, and transpersonal psychology provides support in three key areas to work with individuals holistically: unburdening relational injuries, moving with the undercurrent and expression of soul, and honoring the calling of the Higher Self. I've been a student of multiple psychological disciplines and have supported clients with issues related to emotional and physical health since 2009. I've spent time studying in South America, Central America, and the American Southwest to study traditional practices in physical and psychological healing and have done a great deal of healing of my own. I continue an ongoing apprenticeship (2014-present) in depth psychology and psychoshamanic/psychological healing with clinical and Jungian psychologist and shamanic teacher, C. Michael Smith and and have assisted in IFS therapy trainings.



Get in touch to ask a question or to discuss working together. I’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days!

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