Institute for Psychodynamic Coaching



About the Institute

The Institute of Psychodynamic Coaching offers business consulting services and training programs Program for group leaders and psychodynamic oriented coaches, using the latest achievements of the theory and practice of modern psychoanalysis, socioanalysis and coaching. ​

We pay special attention to the analysis of unconscious motivation, psychodynamic processes in groups, leadership style and power strategies of the organization.

We introduce specialists from different fields to the modern psychoanalytic approach when working with organizations and groups. Students of the Institute's programs acquire the competencies necessary for group work in the organization.

The teaching staff are psychoanalysts, coaches and group analysts from the USA, Europe, and Russia.

Process groups are an important part of the IPDC training program. The process group is designed as a “here and now” experience focusing on how a person function in the immediate moment. Students are studying resistances to communication and  how patterns of group form and reform themselves as the members observe both themselves and others within these group patterns. The group leader demonstrates group interventions which aim to resolve resistances and foster progressive emotional communication and, when appropriate, explains the underlying theory and the timing of the intervention.


Phil Towle



Phil Towle, M.A. launched his career in Performance Enhancement Coaching devoting boundless energy and expertise to those whose passion is to achieve, sustain and elevate their excellence. His primary clients are established, world-class coaches and athletes; visionary business leaders and producers; high profile musicians and actors; as well as “revolutionaries, ” whose mission is to heal society.

Phil employs innovative psychological insights and skills to help individuals and organizations confront and transform SELF-imposed obstacles into accomplishment. He is able to help alter your present “landscape ” through swift personal intervention… then application.

Towle graduated in Sociology (1960) from Occidental college in Los Angeles, received his Masters in Social Service Administration (University of Chicago, 1964), followed by a postgraduate fellowship at the world-renowned Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.

Having raised their two marvelous children; Tracye, and Adam… Phil and his wife, Gail, are currently based in Marin County, California.

“YOU have your OWN truths, and your OWN answers! It is my role to help you retrieve them… then facilitate your best being and doing!! Most of us are more afraid of the consequences of succeeding, (than failing) thus subconsciously steer clear of our responsibility to excellence!




Ekaterina Belokoskova-Mikhailova graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, where she also defended her Ph. D. in philosophy.

Head of the program "Group Psychology and Leadership" in the Institute for Psychodynamic Coaching, member of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy, group analyst, coach, author of the textbook "Psychoanalysis of business".

A pioneer in the development of psychodynamic coaching in Russia. Since the early 2000s, she has organized seminars on business psychoanalysis with the participation of Russian and international specialists. In 2005, she was the first among Russian-speaking specialists to become a member of the ISPSO (International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations), where she studied the topic of psychoanalysis of business and organizations.

Ekaterina initiated the creation of the International Association of Psychoanalysis of Business and Organizations (MAPBO), an independent organization that studies the psychoanalytic view of organizations, business and group dynamics.

​Currently, she is engaged in private psychoanalytic practice, group psychotherapy and organizational counseling.

He has extensive experience in the field of personnel management in Russian and foreign companies, including as a personnel director. Experience of teaching at the HSE, the Academy of Civil Service under the President of the Russian Federation (Yekaterinburg), the Institute of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis, the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Novosibirsk Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Novosibirsk Institute of Group Analysis( NIGRA), as well as experience of regular participation in conferences and seminars in the field of psychology and personnel management in Russia and abroad, including conferences of the CPT, ISPSO, seminars of CBSD, Ecopsi, the American Chamber of Commerce (personnel Management) in Moscow.

The client has a goal, but as he works on this goal, internal resistance increases, some part of him rebels against this goal. Something in the behavior of a person, in the way he speaks, how he comes and pays for meetings with a coach begins to counteract the achievement of a result. At the irrational level, one goal is stated, and since psychoanalysis works with the unconscious, we see that there is a fear in the depths of the psyche that prevents the achievement of this goal. If you work with the transfer, you know how to see it, you can show it to the client, if you analyze, investigate resistance, then this is psychoanalytic work in a business format.



Dr Simon Tucker (London) 

Simon is a doctoral supervisor and Associate Organising Tutor on Masters programmes Consulting and Leading in Organisations and was previously the Course Lead for the Masters programme in Strategic Leadership and Management also at the Tavistock Clinic in London.  He was previously the Executive Director of OPUS an established International Charity and a Senior Lecturer at Essex University.

Simon has been a Director and staff member at numerous Group Relations Conferences, and he has spoken at national and international forums and conferences. Simon has a particular interest in leadership and has published in this area (Tucker, 2011 and 2014).

Simon has consulted to a wide range of clients, including senior managers within Education, Central Government, Health and Social Care, and to Board level in the commercial and voluntary sectors.

Simon’s background includes over twenty five years experience of leadership in a variety of Services in Britain, including Mental Health Services.


Elliot Zeisel (New York)

PhD, CGP, DFAGPA, is the Institute Opening Plenary speaker at AGPA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. A veteran AGPA Annual Meeting speaker, Dr. Zeisel was the leader of the One Day Special Institute in 2009 and the Louis R. Ormont Speaker at the 2013 AGPA Annual Meeting. He has served on the Boards of Directors of AGPA, the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, and the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists. He served as Vice Chair of the Group Foundation, where he led the effort to reach outside of the group clinician community with an unparalleled ability to convey his enthusiasm for group therapy and create support for the organizations’ community outreach, education and research goals. Dr. Zeisel is an in-demand teacher in the field of group psychotherapy, having trained hundreds of professionals in the theory and practice of group psychotherapy and modern psychoanalytic theory from New York City to Rochester to Austin to Israel. He is an honorary member of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis and has worked to create training partnerships between Israeli and Palestinian clinicians. He is a founding member of the Center for Group Studies


Alice Brown (New York) 

Dr. Alice Brown is a psychologist in private practice in New York City, specializing in group treatment and training in addition to individual and couples work.  She is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist and a long time member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.   As one of the founding members of the Center for Group Studies Dr. Brown has served on the faculty for thirty-five years.  Responsibilities include teaching, supervision, running process groups, as well as co-founding the weekend training program at the Center, which has remained one of the vital parts of the this institution.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Center and is currently the co-coordinator of the faculty, responsible for administrative and organizational functions involving the faculty.  Dr. Brown also serves on the Social Justice and Faculty Development committees for the Center.  Dr. Brown has led workshops at AGPA for many years, introducing group therapists to the field of modern psychoanalytic group treatment.  With a colleague (perhaps you're getting the idea that she enjoys working collaboratively!) she created a training experience in Moscow and was active in one in St. Petersburg, bringing modern group theory and practice to many practitioners.  Dr. Brown received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Psy.D. from Pace University.  Her training included a post doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent treatment at North Shore University Hospital.  Her dissertation explored the psychological effects on children of witnessing violence between parents.  She has an ongoing interest in trauma therapy and in how groups can be helpful for traumatized individuals.  


Jeffrey D. Roth / Джефри Ротт (США)

Jeffrey D. Roth, MD is a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He is an addictions psychiatrist and group psychotherapist.

Lect. Roth’s research and work efforts include integrating the understanding of substance addictions and process addictions (food, money, sex), recognizing the role of family dynamics in perpetuating addiction or furthering recovery, investigating the role of addictions in family violence and understanding the mechanism of action of mutual support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.

He graduated from Yale University Medical School and did his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is certified in addictions medicine by the American Society of Addictions Medicine (ASAM). He is the past-president of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations, a fellow of ASAM, of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and of the A. K. Rice Institute and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He is the author of the book Group Psychotherapy and Recovery from Addiction: Carrying the Message(2004) and the editor of the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.


Astakhova Inessa Vladimirovna (Moscow)

Psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, teacher of Psychoanalysis at the Institute of Practical Psychology of the Higher School of Economics and at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis. Work as a psychoanalyst-consultant in films and on TV. She worked in the largest Russian corporations - AFK Sistema, Alfa Group, a PR specialist. Eastern European Institute of Psychoanalysis. Psychologist, teacher of psychology. Specialization-clinical psychology. Psychoanalysis. Moscow State University. Academy of Practical Psychology. Psychological counseling and psychodiagnostics of personality. Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism. Journalist, literary editor.

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Robi Friedman (Israel)

Robi Friedman, PhD. Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, President of the Group Analytic Society (International), is Vice President of the IDI (with Lord John Alderdice).  He is a co–founder of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis and its current President; Past-President of the Israeli Association for Group Psychotherapy. He writes on dreamtelling and relational disorders, works in private practice and teaches at the IIGA and Haifa University. He conducts long- and short-term workshops of the work with dreams in groups in different parts of the world and teaches about relation disorders in Clinical and Organizational Settings. He has conducted conflict dialogues with Palestinians and participates and in a West/Islam dialogue with a group lead by Dr. Vamik Volkan and Lord John Alderdice.


Natalia Kochergina (Kiev)

The head of the Committee for Psychological Security of Business in the AICBU, a graduate of IPDC, graduated from the I. I. Mechnikov Odessa National University (specialty-philology), the International Institute of Depth Psychology (specialty-psychologist), the Kiev Institute of Modern Psychology and Psychotherapy (advanced training course "Psychoanalysis").Psychologist, psychoanalyst, coach, expert in the field of personal growth and efficiency, psychoanalytically oriented consultant of organizations, certified trainer, specialist in the field of leadership. MANPO member, ISPSO member.

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Misha Bogomaz

Dr. Bogomaz is an Assistant & Training Director at University of North Florida Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Group Psychology, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He has experience and interest in group psychotherapy, group dynamics, leadership, followership, group unconscious, and group decision making. He is a board member of International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, board member of American Psychological Association Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), and a board member of American Board of Group Psychology. Dr. Bogomaz received his Doctor of Psychology degree from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and participated in one year fellowship at Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and one year at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, Latin dancing, reading, TV shows, listening to lectures, playing video games, and spending time with his family.