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Institute for Personal Change

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews 1,238


PO Box 50384 Palo Alto CA 94303 USA


We are a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the Process for Personal Change. The Process is an intensive therapeutic program for those seeking self-transformation. Offered by a faculty of highly qualified teachers and licensed therapists, the Process for Personal Change is a unique and structured program based on childhood/multigenerational issues, which leads people toward a new relationship with themselves and the people they love.

Target demographics:

Adults who would like to make changes in their lives or enhance their personal growth.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Bay Area


The Process is a nine-week, effective, in-depth psychotherapy program, combining the best of group and individual therapy. It focuses on issues that have originated in your childhood experiences.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son took the process a number of years ago and it made a significant positive change in our father/son relationship. As his dad I would tell him when I thought he was on the right track and when I thought he wasn't. This wasn't very desirable information to him.

After the process, his attitude to my rants changed completely. No longer did he lose it when I worried about his faults. He recognized the love in them as well as the reproof. Of course, as he changed so did I. I no longer needed to give him news he was already well aware of.

Want to improve communication will your grown children? Suggest the process. You will be very lucky if they say, "Yes."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Via my son and his wife

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with the Institute as a client in 1989 and even now check in with my therapist from time to time as needed. As a client, volunteer, and now Board Member with this organization, I can say unequivocally that going through The Process has been one of the most important and life-enhancing steps I have ever taken.
The work I did and continue to do has allowed me to clean up a lot of old business from a difficult childhood and address lingering issues that were interfering with work, family, and relationships. I have recommended it to friends, colleagues, and siblings and will continue to do so without reservation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All aspects of my life and career. Simply put, my life before I became a client wasn't all that livable. I came out of the Process with tons of insight into my past and plenty of tools for coping with life's challenges.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

. . . become a marketing genius (which I am not!) to help get the word out about the inestimable value of the Institute's work. We board members are always trying to figure out new ways to communicate our message to potential clients.

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How did you learn about this organization?

I was referred by a former client.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Keeping the work going by bringing new clients to the work.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Keeping the work going by bringing new clients to the work AND making sure the therapeutic legacy is passed along to new generations of therapist teachers.

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5 people found this review helpful

Simply put the process changed my life. It was like having 10 yrs of therapy rolled into 9 weeks. It was tough and demanding both from a time perspective as well as an introspection angle and while the program was great, I was incredibly impressed by how much my fellow participants put into it and were getting out of it. It forced me to step up and really put my all into what the process tries to deliver. The process helped me fill in the holes in my self confidence, both the known as well as the unknown, that were troubling me all my life. As a result, Im a much better person than I was before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every waking moment of my life. Every thought I have is based upon my self confidence so Im incredibly grateful for developing so much more through the process.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

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8 people found this review helpful

I was at a point of my life where things were stagnant and I didn't feel I was progressing emotionally, mentally or professionally. I wasn't maturing so to speak. When I found out about the "Process", I knew immediately it was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't have a great childhood and there were definitely experiences during my childhood that didn't make sense to me or that were traumatic and abusive, sexually, mentally and physically. I wanted to understand why and how they affected me as an adult. The Process made me dig deep into my past, which wasn't pleasant, but it helped me seek the truth and helped me understand relationships so much better. All kinds of relationships, parent to child, friendships and intimate relationships, all of them. It helped me understand my parents so much better and on a much deeper level. All my life I had felt like a big kid/teenager even though I was legally an adult, something just didn't feel right. After the Process, I finally felt like an adult, able to feel the freedom of living under my parents "mental" thumb. I felt like I could live for me and do things for me and not to please anyone else especially my parents. I became more open to new things, compassionate to people, more patient, more understand of others and most of all, I forgave myself and released myself of a lot of self-criticsm. I learned to love myself. A couple of months after I completed the Process, I quit my job and opened up my own business, something that previously I was too scared to do. I also became pregnant and had a beautiful baby and I want to be the better parent to him and to be PRESENT in his life. The Process opened up so many doors for me and I feel it will do the same for anyone who does the program. It is not easy as you do rediscover/re-visit your painful past but in the end you are a more complete person and your life will be more colorful and full.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

More mental freedom. More emotionally stable. Able to make sensible choices. Able to "see things" more clear. More optimistic about trying new things. I felt like for the first time in my life I finally "grew up" and became an adult.

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One time

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6 people found this review helpful

In 1974, I took the Process as a single parent, graduate student. It has made such a difference in my life, and in my parenting skills. I am a much happier person, more aware of my internal processes, and much more able to respond rather than react. I am able to have positive relationships with my children, my husband, my parents, and others since taking the Process. It basically changed how I view myself and the world around me. It is the best work I have ever done. In 1989, I joined the Board of Directors, and since 2003, I have volunteered as the Executive Director. I believe that the Process creates peace in the hearts of the participants, a peace that lasts over time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When clients take the Process, they change. I can see the changes in their faces, in how they hold their bodies, in their interactions with me and others. Clients become more open, more focused, happier, and more present.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the changes in myself and other participants over the years that I have been associated with the Process.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely dedicated to this work, and highly professional. Warm and loving people who are skilled and licensed counselors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the program to poor people, to additional cities, to at risk populations, and pay its therapists a reasonable wage for the time they put in.

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About every week

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