If you seek individual psychotherapy from an IFS certified therapist, please visit the Internal Family Systems Institute IFSI Practitioner page.  

Chris Burris, M.Ed, LMFT, LCMHCS

Much of Chris’s career has been devoted to providing training and supervision for psychotherapists who specialize in treating trauma. He has trained thousands of therapists in the IFS model both in the United States and around the world. Chris has a passion for making the IFS model more culturally sensitive, relevant, and accessible for people of the global majority.

He has a reputation for being an open-hearted, caring, and innovative trainer. With the growing demand for trained IFS therapists, Chris’s practice has transitioned from individual psychotherapy, individual supervision, and individual consultation to offering only IFS group training and group consultation for IFS trained therapists. (See helpful resources for more information on certified IFS practitioners and individual consultation providers.)


  • Senior Lead Trainer at the Internal Family Systems Institute
  • NC Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • NC Licensed Mental Health Counselor Supervisor 
  • Masters in Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Trained in Family Therapy at the Center for Marriage and the Family in Boulder, CO

Specialized Trainings in Spiritual and Personal Development:

  • Animus Valley Institute 
  • School of Lost Borders 
  • The Foundation for Shamanic Studies
  • Center for Conscious Eldering 
  • Zen Peacemakers
  • Denver, CO and Piedmont NC Men’s Councils
  • Wild Leaders Program (Asheville)
  • Birthing Into Being Program (Susan Jenkins)