About Us

Dr. Lahab Al-Samarrai

Institute Founder

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Dr. Lahab Al-Samarrai is a licensed clinical psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree clinical psychology and PhD in clinical psychotherapy with a sub-specialty in child and adolescent psychotherapy.  He has been practicing for over twenty-one years in residential, clinical settings, schools, universities, and private settings.  Dr. Lahab has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy, as well as lecturing and providing clinical supervision to new professionals.
 
Dr. Lahab serves as the Founder and Director of the Institute for Conflict, United States. The Institute For Conflict is focused on the healthy emotional and psychological development and treatment of the whole person. The IFC has a weekly Podcast called The IFC Individuation Podcast where topics on depth psychology and treatment are covered. The IFC is also consulting, teaching, and providing clinical interventions and we host an annual international conference. This year our 3rd annual conference is titled One World Theory: Reunification of the Opposites Unus Mundus (The Unified Cosmos) & The Inception of JAMP©. The IFC works on successful conflict resolution strategies at home, in schools, in hospitals, and companies around the world.
 
Dr. Lahab developed a propriety trauma treatment named Jungian Advance Motor Processing© (JAMP©). The IFC’s JAMP© treatment is revolutionary in the treatment of trauma, complex trauma, and complex PTSD. We at the Institute For Conflict have trained and certified 114 JAMP© Transformational Coaches to date.
 
The IFC in the US is a sister Institute of successful Zurich-based organization (www.IKM.ch), focused on teaching, clinical interventions, and international conferences about successful conflict resolution strategies in schools, hospitals, and companies.
 
Dr. Lahab has attended and presented at several international conferences on clinical psychology and on conflict in North America and in Western Europe, and has lived in and visited several countries in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. He is versatile, bilingual (in Arabic and English), and has been studying and exploring psychology, philosophy, political science, and multicultural issues for the past 28 years.
 
Dr. Lahab is the past President of Washington Counseling Association
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Bailey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2019, and has been pursuing her passion for human psychology since.

 

She began volunteering at Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding Center in January of 2020 to combine her love for horses and interest in therapy, and it’s here that she uses what she has learned to assist special needs riders and veterans with their therapeutic lessons, and works with the lesson coordinator to tailor each lesson to each rider’s needs.

 

She is the editor and co-author of two books on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and is now working towards her goal of becoming a certified JAMP© Transformational Coach.

Bailey Samples
Director of Administration
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Dr. Eric S. Tomlinson M.S., Ph.D. has earned a Doctorate in Psychology. He spent 30 years in therapeutic services and has received the 2014 Paul E. Hoffner Outstanding Service Award and the 2015 Chicago Campus Faculty of the Year award. He served as the Director of the College of Social Sciences for the Chicago Campus, University of Phoenix.  

 

He has earned five different certificates in children and adolescent functioning, assessment, and training, and served as a university intern supervisor for the campuses of the University of Chicago, the Jane Adams school of Social Work, Loyola University and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, as well as developing their training curriculum.      

Dr. Eric Tomlinson
Research Lead
JAMP© Transformational Coach

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James Malamas is a 2021 graduate from Arizona State University. He got his bachelors in Sports Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

He also received a minor in Business. James started with the IFC in 2020 and continues to help produce the IFC’s Individuation Podcast.

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Podcast Editor
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I support individuals who desire to make a transformational change in their lives toward freedom.  I believe that within us is the strength and grace to release ourselves from whatever roadblock has presented or presents before us.  

 

My mission, as your transformational coach, is to provide a safe and powerful platform of self discovery, movement and release so you can embrace yourself, wholly, and live a life of possibility.

Dr. Lisa Hong
Brand Manager
JAMP© Transformational Coach

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Emily Clark
Marketing Consultant
JAMP© Transformational Coach
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Emily is currently a graduate student in Washington state at Bastyr University studying Naturopathic medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Prior to graduate school, Emily graduated from Northern Arizona University with a dual degree in Biology and Modern Languages with an emphasis in German. During her time in Germany while finishing her degree, she immersed herself in the culture. She dabbled in teaching English at elementary level. She worked in the cellular molecular biology department at Max Planck Institute with phototherapy and oncogenes (cancerous DNA) while taking classes at TU Dortmund.

In her free time, she visited other countries, during which she found an Inn that was set up as a hospital that sparked an unexpected curiosity. She was drawn to this unfamiliar system; a medicine that was integrative, individualistic, and included all levels (mental, physical, and energetic) of the self, and wanted to explore it more. Implementing that into her goals as a physician, she now finds her interests lie in chronic diseases, pain management and mind-body medicine.  Other interests that inhabit Emily’s time include reading science fiction, planning trips to new places, attempting to grow a green thumb for her tiny medicinal garden, and spending time with family. 

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Dr. Karen Appel
Executive Business Partner
JAMP© Transformational Coach
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Karen is a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University. Before seeking a career in natural medicine, Karen served 14 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) including earning her BS in Electrical Engineering at the USCG Academy. Also while serving as an officer, she earned her MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She completed her military career as a Certified Public Accountant and Budget Officer for USCG operations in the Pacific Northwest.

Passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health, Karen also worked as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer and nutrition counselor for her neighborhood gym. She has competed in local weightlifting events, practices yoga, and is a strong believer in the power of meditation. To recharge, Karen loves traveling to tropical destinations to soak up the sun and scuba dive. During shorter breaks, you can find her day hiking, cooking delicious meals, and playing with three rambunctious cats.