Welcome to Psychosynthesis Palo Alto

John Firman and Ann Gila founded Psychosynthesis Palo Alto in 1996, offering psychosynthesis therapy, publications, psychosynthesis training for professionals, and public workshops.  They began studying psychosynthesis in the early 1970s and worked together at the Psychosynthesis Institute that was then located on Everett Street in Palo Alto, California. This institute left the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s and at that point John and Ann took different directions in their lives. They renewed their friendship in 1987 and then came to marry and subsequently formed Psychosynthesis Palo Alto. They taught together at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology for twenty years and during this time also saw clients in their individual private practices.

John died in 2008, four weeks after he and Ann had signed a contract for the publication of their third book, A Psychotherapy of Love: Psychosynthesis in Practice. Ann went on to complete the book, and it was published by State University of New York Press (SUNY) in 2010.

John was passionate about psychology and especially Roberto Assagioli’s psychosynthesis. In 1968, John had a peak experience that led him to search for a psychology that spoke of such experiences. He discovered psychosynthesis and a few years later he traveled to Italy and studied with Roberto Assagioli for two months. John’s heart and mind were committed to the development of psychosynthesis theory, to the exploration of the role of the psychotherapist in relationship to his client, and to the understanding of the development and healing of the human person.

Ann continues to teach at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and has a private practice in Palo Alto. She offers a distance learning program as described on this website and presents private psychosynthesis training seminars on request. John’s inspired study of psychosynthesis and the theoretical developments he and Ann accomplished together continue to inform Ann’s teaching, training and writing.