Ioana Popa, MD, BCC, MTS


Christian Spiritual Life Coach & Trainer

Board Certified Life Coach (BCC)
Spiritual Care Provider
Certified Psychosynthesis Life Coach
Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher
Certified  IFS Practitioner
Certified Elite Coach

About Dr. Ioana Popa

My life’s passion, curiosity and the search for meaning and truth has manifested through learning and growing constantly in Christ. I started out as a physician-psychiatrist and now Spiritual Formation, Life Coaching and Education are my main gifts to share with others, as I love distilling years of learning and training and helping others grow psychologically and spiritually. 

After 2 burnouts, I discovered and trained in Internal Family Systems and Psychosynthesis. Those two modalities of experiencing the world opened me to a much richer and deeper way of accessing not only my inner healing, but also in effectively providing life coaching and spiritual care to others. 

Recently, I completed my Master in Theological Studies degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where I have both taught and provided psychological care through the Office of Spiritual Formation and Counseling for 10 years.

Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, read, do gardening, and practice contemplation. Together with my husband Sebastien Falardeau, an interfaith chaplain and life coach, we share the vision of helping people along their journey.

Dr. Ioana's program is a healing framework for internal perspective. I have clarified then re-ordered my motivations to create a positive internal culture. I had no idea how much internal re-modeling I actually needed. Now, I’ve been enabled to operate freely with my source of grounding to order my time better and prioritize the important work of self-determination for rhythm and balance of life.

The integrity of her model lovingly provides clarity of heart: I am gaining freedom from my negative attitudes which has strengthened my resolve to view myself and others with much more understanding and compassion. Dr. Ioana’s framework encourages true objectivity and creativity that lights the way for the individual’s call to purpose with passion. And, the cherry-on-top, is Dr. Ioana’s genuine joy in her journey with you as a sacred soul companion. I will be grateful to her forever.

‚ÄĒ ML. Scacciaferro, BS Psychology, with Professional Counseling Emphasis; Spiritual Formation Groups Facilitator

List of Selected Presentations & Workshops by Dr. Ioana Popa:


Orthodox Christian Association in Medicine, Psychology & Religion

Orthodoxy on Tap
Live with the Louhs Show

Ancient Faith Ministries

Filled with Less Show

Ancient Faith Ministries

Holistic Christian Life
Family Matters

Ancient Faith Ministries

Everyday Orthodox Show

Ancient Faith Ministries

Antiochian Diocese of Worcester & New England


Live with Fr. Tom Soroka

Ancient Faith Ministries

I first met Dr. Ioana at a conference she was presenting for Orthodox Caregivers. I found her workshop resonated deeply with the challenges I was facing in my ministry. As I internalized what I had learned, I began sharing it with others and found it helpful to them. 

As I’ve gotten to know Dr. Ioana over the years, I’ve sensed a deep spiritual vitality, and unconditional positive regard and a therapeutic acumen that I knew would be helpful. So I asked her to coach me. It was one of the best professional and personal decisions I’ve made. Eighteen months later, I can confidently say Dr. Ioana has a gift for consistently meeting and accepting me where I am and guiding me to places of profound insight and transformational healing.

‚ÄĒ Geoff Whiteman, MA, ThM,¬†LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

What I do at Team For The Soul¬ģ


At Team For The Soul¬ģ, I provide online 1 on 1 and group Life coaching & spiritual care for Professional Christian Women.¬†I also develop online courses and programs, present at workshops and conferences.

Growing In Christ Journey (GCJ) Program

The Online Christian Membership Program to prevent burnout & support living and growing in Christ while serving others with joy 

'HeaRT In Christ' Program for Christian Women

Life Coaching & Spiritual Care 1 on 1 program for high level Professional Christian Women & Servant Leaders

Dr. Ioana’s program and nuggets of psychological, scientific and ancient Christian information are very helpful to me. Her ability to express clearly scientific/clinical knowledge while integrating psychology and ancient Christian spirituality is helping me to see myself more clearly! Dr. Ioana has given me hope, and helped me to feel better about myself...that change is possible for me! Thank you Dr. Ioana, very much, for who you are and what you do!
‚ÄĒAnna,¬†Qld, Australia

About Ioana Popa, MD, BCC, MTS

bridging a unique blend of psychology, science, education and spiritual care


Dr. Ioana Popa is Christian Spiritual Life Coach & Trainer, educator and physician - psychiatrist, who completed her MTS degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where she has both taught and provided psychological care through the Office of Spiritual Formation and Counseling for many years.

  • Medical Chairperson OCAMPR - Orthodox Christian Association in Medicine, Psychology and Religion
  • National Board Certified Life Coach (BCC)
  • Certified Psychosynthesis Life Coach
  • Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner
  • Certified Elite Coach
  • Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher¬†
  • Advanced Grief Recovery¬ģ¬†Specialist
  • Trained In Intimacy From Inside Out Couples Work (basic and advanced level)
  • Trained In Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care (2 CPE Units - Clinical Pastoral Care)
  • Master in Theological Studies with a focus on Spiritual Direction
  • Originally trained as a physician psychiatrist

Integrating 3 decades of professional expertise in helping her clients and students change relationships, habits, pattern of thoughts, emotions, states of being and beliefs in order to overcome past conditionings and thrive in Christ, Dr. Ioana is keenly aware of the challenges Professional Christian Women & Caregivers have in becoming the best version of themselves as they move through various seasons in life.

This is especially problematic in our modern era, where there is an explosion of perspectives, many times at odds with each other AND with the Christian faith.

Dr. Ioana brings a unique, holistic and integrated perspective of science, psychology, spiritual care and Christian Faith.

This allows her to coach and guide her students and clients to take empowering steps to regenerate, overcome past losses and conditionings and to thrive, all for the glory of God, so that they can keep on giving in Christ with joy, energy and the ‚Äėpeace that surpasses all understanding‚Äô and fulfill their ministry and vocation.¬†

She is also a cofounder of the Witness to Christ - A Spiritual Journey Program in the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England.

On a personal note, Dr. Ioana loves to spend time with her husband and their 4 children, family and friends, and to read, garden, pray, exercise and practice contemplation. 

How I work

  • When we¬†work together, I align with you to develop a safe and trustworthy connection.¬†We work toward meeting your goals and facilitating change.¬†¬†

  • I use my professional skills, decades of experience, presence, compassion, curiosity, clarity and contemplative practices to support you along your way, no matter what season in life you are in.

  • Together, we identify and develop strategies to overcome internal roadblocks to your goals while moving towards ways to access and expand your inner resources.

Ioana is an excellent IFS facilitator. She has a very safe and warm presence. She is very skilled at helping you get to the core issue and healing unresolved issues. I made progress in several areas including moving my business forward, improving my relationship with my husband and deepening my spirituality. After doing work with Ioana, many triggers no longer have a charge. I feel like our work got so deep that my exiles were healed and the issues are no longer a problem for me.


‚ÄĒK. Grimm

Dr. Ioana’s Professional Background

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