Psychospiritual Institute is committed to:

  • Inspiring and supporting others in understanding psychospiritual wholeness and cultivating a deeper connection to Self through individual and group coaching, workshops, events and certified coaching programs

  • Training and nurturing the next generation of Psychosynthesis Coaches and contributing to the continued development of this transpersonal and holistic framework

  • Building a nourishing community to support one another in the personal work of psychosynthesis and in developing thriving coaching practices in south Florida, nationally and globally

The Psychospiritual Coaching Program is accredited by the Center for Credentialing and Education in fulfillment of their training requirements to become a Board Certified Coach (BCC).

Psychosynthesis Coach Training: The Will to Grow: Transformational Life Coaching

A Nationally Certified Psychosynthesis Coach Training Program

Training leads to Certification as a Psychosynthesis Life Coach (PLC)

For those qualified, this leads to training requirements for Board Certified Coach (BCC) Accreditation

Meet the Team

We are authors, creators, master coaches, deep ecologists, activists, doctors, artists, counselors, entrepreneurs and  educators with over 65 years of combined experience in Psyschosynthesis.


Val Silidker

Co-founder, Instructor & CEO

Val Silidker MS, BCC (Board Certified Coach) is co-founder of Psychospiritual Coaching and founder/director of Inspired Life Workshops. She is a deep ecologist, evolutionary activist, mindset and leadership coach & trainer, community builder and former adjunct professor at Florida International University. Val coaches individuals and groups, and has produced and facilitated dozens of transformational events, retreats and workshops. Her work is focused on our inner evolution & conscious self-awareness, sacred activism and the transpersonal psychology of Psychosynthesis. Through experiential work, in-depth teachings and deep inquiry, Val works with change-makers, emerging leaders and visionaries to inspire the highest level of mindset, connection and creativity in their relationships and lives. Val is passionate about the Universe Story, nature and the human psyche, rewilding our hearts and authentic connection work, and has been facilitating connection work for over 15 years. She believes that through love and connection, we are inspired into sacred action toward a more compassionate and whole world.


Alyssa Whitehouse

Co-founder, Instructor & CIO

Alyssa Whitehouse, MBA, BCC (Board Certified Coach) is the co-founder of Psychospiritual Coaching and the founder/director of The Love Light Initiative.  As a coach and educator, she supports adults and children on their soul-growth, transformational journey.  Through her signature emotional intelligence and resilience program for ages preschool - 5th grade children, Alyssa guides children to think more deeply, be more resilient, and to stand strong within their true authentic self.  Alyssa is also a Certified HeartMath Coach, Adventures in Wisdom Coach, Recovery Coach, Mindful Educator (MEE), Certified Kids Yoga instructor, Holistic Nutrition Coach and Artist.


Jon Schottland

Senior Instructor

Jon Schottland MA, LMHC, BCC is the founder and director of Synthesis Northeast, a psychosynthesis and professional coach certification program serving the New England/NY region. Jon was a senior trainer at the Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA for 15 years and currently teaches in the graduate psychology programs at Sofia University and American International College for master's and doctoral level students. He has provided extensive trainings for life coaches and corporate coaches across the U.S. and internationally. Jon holds an advanced degree in developmental psychology and is both a nationally Board Certified Coach (BCC) and Psychosynthesis Life Coach (PLC). He maintains a private practice where he specializes in working with teenagers and young adults. The focus of his work is cultivating deep presence and attention to promote healing, self expression, wholeness and optimal personal development.

Didi Firman

Dr. Didi Firman

Senior Instructor

Dr. Didi Firman, Ed.D., LMHC, BCC has spent her entire adult life working with people through the lens of the spiritual psychology, psychosynthesis. She has a doctorate in psychology, is a licensed mental health counselor,  board certified coach,  professor of psychology, a public speaker and a NY Times bestselling author. Closest to her heart, though, is the work of teaching psychosynthesis as a life changing spiritual path to soulful living and right livelihood. In service of this, Didi is the president and founder of the Synthesis Center, a nonprofit psychosynthesis educational institution founded in 1976.  For over 30 years, Didi worked with her mother as authors and workshop leaders on the topic of mother & daughter relationship. Their books included: Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul and Daughters and Mothers: Making it Work.  And during these years, Didi spent a lot of time on TV and radio, including a wonderful stint on the Oprah Winfrey show! Didi has authored books on topics as diverse as Living Well with Chronic Illness and Brace For Impact, about life’s second chances for the survivors of the Hudson River crash landing. Didi has presented throughout the United States from Omega Institute on the East Coast to Esalen on the West. She also presents internationally, including in the Soviet Union.