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A little about Alexia……

Dr. Alexia Rothman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA, since 2004. She is an Assistant Trainer for the IFS Institute, a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist, an international speaker and educator on the IFS model, and an IFSI-approved professional consultant. Dr. Rothman has received extensive training in IFS, primarily from Dr. Richard Schwartz. She has served on staff for many Level 1, 2, and 3 experiential IFS trainings, and she offers workshops and retreats on the IFS model throughout the U.S. and internationally. She co-hosts the IFS-informed podcast miniseries, Explorations in Psychotherapy, and the IFS podcast, IFS Masters, and has published a book chapter on the integration of IFS and Polyvagal Theory.


Dr. Rothman is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Emory University and Agnes Scott College.


To learn more about her, you can visit her website at

Please note that this retreat is limited to 30 participants and is only open to participants who are either IFS Level 1 trained or who have completed the IFS Online Circle and who have a very in-depth understanding of IFS Therapy.

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What will this retreat entail……

Our clients come to therapy for many reasons, but often at the root of their struggles is that they are having difficulty regulating their emotional experience. They can feel hijacked by extreme emotional states, uncomfortable in their own skin, or think and behave in ways they wish they wouldn’t. Polyvagal Theory helps us understand what is happening on a biological level when our clients are emotionally dysregulated or stuck in adaptive survival states, such as fight, flight, freeze, shutdown or numb. IFS offers a compassionate, highly relational approach to helping them befriend and heal the parts of them that are associated with these survival states in the nervous system.

This retreat explores the integration of IFS therapy and Polyvagal Theory and is designed to help IFS therapists and practitioners apply IFS more safely and effectively, especially in the systems of clients with complex trauma. You will learn and experience how IFS can work seamlessly in concert with the nervous system to promote healing and transformation.

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What you can expect from this retreat….

As a Retreat Participant you will:

  • Learn the principles of Polyvagal Theory most relevant to clinical work, and how these principles apply to the phenomena we observe in IFS therapy

  • Understand how parts of the internal family system can influence and be influenced by states of the nervous system

  • Discover how Self can be understood in terms of the nervous system and the importance of anchoring in Self when working with parts associated with survival states

  • Learn how IFS techniques, combined with the self-led presence of the therapist, can help re-tune clients’ nervous systems towards safety and connection

  • Explore the importance of embodied safety to therapeutic effectiveness and how to increase it through attuned application of IFS

  • Learn how to use non-exiling, IFS-consistent methods to incorporate body-regulating techniques in therapy and between sessions


The retreat will include:

  • IFS-based meditations incorporating elements of Polyvagal Theory

  • Lecture-based didactic learning

  • Experiential exercises

  • Discussion and sharing

  • Reflection and journaling

  • Viewing and analysis of video examples integrating IFS & PVT

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Retreat Particulars

Applications are currently open for this retreat in Malta from April 29th – May 3rd, 2024

Please be advised that this is not a formal training. This is strictly a retreat for your personal growth and well-being.

The retreat will take place over 5 days starting on Monday, April 29th, 2024 and concluding on Friday, May 3rd, 2024

Retreat cost is €2,750. The retreat cost includes tuition, accommodation and 3 delicious meals a day to include a full breakfast, a light lunch and a delicious evening meal.

There is an afternoon off on Wednesday to allow participants to process, rest and relax with spa treatments or for those who seek a little bit of adventure, touring the most popular sightseeing venues the area has to offer. Spa treatments and sightseeing tours are optional extras.

This retreat is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please register your interest. You will then be directed automatically to a registration form for completion. Only applicants who complete a full registration form will be considered for this retreat. Once your registration is approved we will advise you formally and it is only at this point that we will request a €500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on this retreat. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been formally accepted.​

Any travel costs to the retreat location on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo is the sole responsibility of the participant.​

IMPORTANT: Please read our FAQS page on this website for further guidelines and information on Covid, the arrangements we have in place in the unlikely event the retreat is cancelled due to Covid or in the unlikely event the retreat leader is not in a position to attend. The FAQS page also provides further general information which you may find useful when planning your trip. If after reading the FAQS page you have any further information, please feel free to email us at

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