Relational Life Foundation

About Relational Life Foundation

Relational Life Foundation is a non-profit committed to working with diverse and inclusive therapists in an effort to provide affordable relational support to ALL people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, religion, culture, age, sexuality and financial means.  Based on the work of Terry Real, Creator of Relational Life Therapy, we offer free and low-cost workshops, programs and services to communities in need. Currently the Foundation is conducting research on the RLT model. Once proven evidence-based, we plan to broaden our reach into schools, making a greater impact on teenagers and young adults, in an attempt to help break the cycle of intergenerational family trauma.

Relational Life Therapy

Relational Life Therapy is a radical, sophisticated approach to couples therapy created by Terry Real, LICSW. It’s our mission to bring the world back into connection—to ourselves, each other, and the planet as a whole.

RLT is more than a therapeutic method: it’s a movement and form of political activism. We’re concerned with deconstructing the “Great Lie” that one person or group is better or less than anyone else. We’ve made great strides in standing up to the force of patriarchy and helping us move beyond constructed gender roles into a way of living that is truly relational. Now we’re extending our activism beyond patriarchy to include race and other marginalized groups.

We are committed to opening the doors for more therapists from marginalized communities to train with us. Our partnership with Black Therapists Rock is an important and exciting step forward in that mission.

RLF and BTR Partnership

Relational Life Foundation aims to provide relationship skills across a wide range of communities to foster satisfaction and resilience within interpersonal connections, ultimately contributing to the creation of sustainable and thriving communities.

They aspire to build a space where individuals from all backgrounds feel a deep sense of belonging and are empowered to engage in relational growth. By welcoming a diverse range of therapists and inviting their input, they intend to shape the collective identity of the RLT community, ensuring that it is representative and inclusive. They are committed to addressing issues of diversity and inclusion within Relational Life Institute (RLI), actively integrating learnings into the curriculum offered to all RLT Therapists. Their goal is for every RLT Therapist to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate these important domains, cultivating a universal sense of belonging within the RLT community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Deran Young is hosting a 4-Part Learning Series for Relational Life Foundation on how RLT interfaces with the following topics:

Power & Privilege: Recording Available
Systems Thinking: Recording Available
Shame Resilience: Tuesday, September 12th, 1-3pm EST
Stages of Change: Tuesday, December 5th, 1-3pm EST

RLT In-Person Relationship Skills Bootcamp in Washington, DC.

Space is limited so if you are interested, please complete the form below.

Relational Life Therapy

RLT Training Opportunities

In 2023, we’re opening up the first 20 scholarship spaces for BTR members to become fully certified in RLT at a 50% discount. The RLT Certification is the deepest training in RLT and contains all the theory, practice, and feedback required to truly master the model.

If you’d like to be among the first BTR members to become RLT Certified Therapists, click below to apply.


–> On Demand = 35 hours
RLT Level 1 (10 hours)
The Relational Brain (10 hours)
Couple Experiential Observation (15 hours)
–> Live = 26 hours
2 or 3 Real Life Calls per month: Tues, Thurs, 12:00 – 2:00pm ET (6 hours)
RLT/BTR Practicum: Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11:00am – 5:00 pm ET (20 hours)

— Full: Registration Closed —

If you’d like to participate in the next cohort of this training program, complete the form below.

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IFS Immersion: Integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) Across Clinical Applications

Healing Cultural Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Carl Hart, PhD

Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Professor Hart has appeared on multiple podcasts, radio and television shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and The O’Reilly Factor. He has also appeared in several documentary films including the award-winning “The House I Live In.” His essays have been published in several popular publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, The Nation, Ebony, The Root, and O Globo (Brazil’s leading newspaper).

Paulette Simone Smith, LCSW

Paulette Simone Smith

Paulette Smith, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical therapist specializing in cannabis therapeutics, adolescent development, and the establishment of productive, results-oriented teams in support of culturally competent treatment. Paulette has used creativity and innovation to build a knowledge base that offers her clients first-class care and consulting services. She also applies that knowledge and creativity in training and educational settings providing authentic, realistic, and easily applicable guidance on various topics. Her expertise has been cultivated over 15+ years in school-based, clinical, private practice, and dispensary settings to acquire a range of skills in traditional and non-traditional counseling practices that scientifically incorporate the integration of cannabis products. A trailblazer in her own right, Paulette is highly sought after to share her knowledge in the growing cannabis therapy field. She possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has launched a platform for exploring cannabis therapeutics called Canna Heals, LLC, in addition to her counseling practice, Paulette Simone & Associates, Inc. In addition to the real-world experiences that refined her talents, Paulette obtained her bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from Bowie State University, a master’s in Social Work from Morgan State University, and a Master’s in Medical Cannabis Science Therapeutics from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Ms. Smith is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work at Simmons University.

Sa'ed Al Olimat

Sa'ed Al-Olimat

Dr. Sa’ed Al-Olimat, PharmD is a Taiwanese-Jordanian first generation American immigrant. He is a licensed pharmacist, community pharmacy manager, and educator of psychedelic medicine. He has worked with pharmaceutical companies, prescriber clinics, hospice and palliative care organizations, insurance groups, and other settings to enhance patient care. Dr. Sa’ed’s passion in advancing mental health outcomes led him to investigatie psilocybin and other classical psychedelic compounds as tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional support.

Dr. Sa’ed currently serves as a Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, Founder of PsiloHealth, advisor to a few psychedelic companies and organizations, as well as a Board Director for his local county pharmacists association. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mischa Dansby, RN

Mischa Dansby

Mischa Dansby, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health who was raised in Huber Heights, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Wright State University. After her graduation, she joined the Air Force and has continued to serve for 22 years. During her Air Force career, she completed her Master’s in Nursing and became certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University. She is currently studying at the University of Cincinnati pursuing certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, she is completing her training as an Internal Family Systems Therapist. Mischa is passionate about supporting women on their journey towards healing and wholeness.

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington, she/her/hers, is a social entrepreneur, sacred activist, digital designer, and healing justice practitioner. Hanifa is the co-founder and the Chief of Strategy of Fireside Project, the San Francisco based non-profit that operates the first national Psychedelic Peer Support Line with a mission to help people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences. The support line, featured in the Rolling Stone, Forbes, Esquire, and Tech Crunch, launched in April of 2021 and has already supported thousands of community members. Hanifa Nayo is also the Co-founder and Organizing Principal of One Village Healing, an online BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space.

Victor Cabral, MSW

Victor Cabral

Victor Cabral, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I, (He/Him/His) is a collaborative and strategic leader who is making an impact on historical inequalities in his community and across the United States. Victor is the Founder of Dreamers of the Day, LLC, and serves as the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Fluence International Inc., a company that provides evidence-based training in psychedelic therapy and integration services to clinicians across the globe. Before joining Fluence, Victor served as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform where he co-led the implementation of the Trauma-Informed PA Plan, helped establish the first Racial Day of Healing in Pennsylvania history, and developed free trauma trainings for Pennsylvanians in collaboration with BIPOC mental health and trauma, and psychedelic medicine. He is a Licensed Social Worker and practicing psychotherapist in Pennsylvania with training in Internal Family Systems, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Integration.

Deran Young

Deran Young,

Deran Young is a licensed therapist, CDWF, CDTL, co-author of New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, retired military officer, and the founder of Black Therapists Rock. Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization that mobilizes over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students.

Deran’s passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, Field Trip Health, and YWCA. Deran’s advocacy expands over several online and offline platforms. With a current social media audience of over 100,000 followers on IG and Facebook, Deran has become a leading influencer and public figure committed to spreading mental health awareness and improving health equity.