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In the mid-1990s, I made the more-obvious-than-it-seems progression from entertainment industry executive to mental health therapist - a move I've never regretted.  Now my clinical work is leading me back into the arts - a move that feels equally right and deeply rewarding. Here you’ll find an integration of both worlds and a variety of communities connected. 

A native of Chicago, I've lived in Portland, OR since my Hollywood exodus and am delighted to be here with you online. 

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Mariel Pastor is an IFS Lead Trainer and principal author of the IFS Institute Level 1

Participant Training Manual.

This 200-page manual is available to alumni of Level 1 Trainings and current students. Alumni can purchase through the IFS Institute Book Store. 

For written material on the Unburdened System, click below.

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Though Mariel is not accepting new therapy clients herself, you're encouraged to check out the IFS Telehealth Collective, a multi-state group practice of licensed psychotherapists trained and dedicated to IFS for which she is a Co-Founder and Clinical Director.


The IFS Telehealth Collective is a true group practice providing support for clinicians and clients alike. Schedule a free consultation at

“There is so much demand now for IFS therapy and so many under-trained people offering it that I’m very happy to have this resource of the

IFS Telehealth Collective.

Two top IFS trainers vet, hire and provide consultation to well-trained IFS therapists so that if you refer to this practice you can be confident that clients will be getting the real deal.”

— Dick Schwartz, PhD

Developer of Internal Family Systems Therapy

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   Character Mapping is the only comprehensive psychological toolbox to help actors, writers and directors create complex and compelling characters.  Through online learning, private consultation, workshops and podcasts, storytellers explore innovative ways their craft can support their own emotional health and transformation.


Created and developed exclusively by Mariel Pastor.   

Learn more here and join the mailing list for updates.     

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