Hi, I'm Dr. Cynthia Phelps

I am your Guide, Advocate, and Cheerleader through the healing process of the inner voice.

Self-Compassion is the ability to be kind and supportive of yourself, especially in times of challenge.

I discovered the power of Self-Compassion during my journey through addiction recovery. As a researcher, I needed to see the proof.

What I discovered not only opened up the world of recovery, but also led to profound insights beneficial to our general health and well being.

It turns out how you speak to yourself is the key to obtaining many of the things YOU want in life, such as:

  • Happiness,
  • Wellbeing,
  • Productivity,
  • Creativity,
  • Better relationships and more.
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Cynthia Phelps, PhD - Founder InnerAlly

I am a:


My PhD is in Pharmacology, a medical research degree with a focus in Neuroscience. I have experience in learning and Behaviors change, and my latest research project is published HERE


Helping people address burnout, overwhelm, feeling stuck, perfectionism, anxiety and depression by working with their inner voice is my favorite thing to do. 


From conference keynotes to intimate workshops, I love to be able to guide and inspire. Let me adapt a program for you, be it an online or an in-person, corporate or community.


I’m also a techie! I design and develop mental health technologies  such as online courses and mobile apps since 2009 through my company Health eDesigns LLC.  HERE 

A little photoshop never hurts, eh?

Should we work together?

If you are struggling or not playing at the top of your game, consider how you are speaking to yourself. If you are using harsh or critical language to try to motive yourself, then let's talk. There is a more effective, less painful way, and I want YOU to have access to it. 

People Say I'm: Intelligent, Creative, Compassionate.

I strive to give you smart, creative solutions to the challenges you are facing. Each of these characteristics play a pivotal role in my teaching and coaching.

Although I’m very serious about my work, grounding it in principles from research, in person, I’m upbeat, enthusiastic and sometimes downright silly.  

Professional Training

I strive to make InnerAlly better every time I teach the class or work with a new coaching client. Keeping up-to-date in research-based methods is a large part of this process.

Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion - 2019

MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful set of tools for emotional resilience. Mindful self-compassion is critical to emotional healing and the basis for InnerAlly

Compassionate Integrity Training - 2021

CIT is a ten week training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. Self-regulation, self-compassion,  compassion for others, and compassion in complex systems builds compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values, and flourish in life and inform institutional systems.

Trauma Informed ACE Interface Training - 2021

InnerAlly is working with the Institute for Trauma Informed Care and the Texas University Health System to become one of the first business in San Antonio to complete the Trauma Informed Business Certification. The ACE training is the first step in this process. 

Mental Health First Aid - 2021

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Transformative Technology Academy - 2019

InnerAlly completed the  Transformative Tech Academy which supports companies that make tech to support mental health, emotional wellbeing, and human flourishing so that the future can be truly human and humane. From mental and emotional health, to happiness, emotional intelligence, and enhancing cognition, TTA companies are building the tech we really need.

SHE Recovers Coach Certification - 2020

SHE Recovers Foundation connects, supports and empowers women in or seeking recovery. With a special focus on research, the SHE Recovers Foundation can also establish a more robust evidence base related to the efficacy of non-traditional recovery pathways. 

State of Texas Peer Recovery Coach Training - 2014

I trained as a peer recovery coach through the San Antonio Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.

What My Clients Have to Say

"Working with Dr. Cynthia Phelps has changed my life. In the few short weeks we have done 1:1 coaching, I have experienced mental/emotional healing, received invaluable communication tools for stressful situations and most importantly, a thriving sense of self and inner strength. Thank you Cynthia!"
Alicia Maples
InnerAlly Coaching Client
"The InnerAlly course helped me pivot my inner critic to productive inner self talk that totally takes me out of a negative space. Invest in yourself by taking this course! I highly recommend."
Catherine Lestor
Author, InnerAlly Course Participant
"Cynthia, thank you so much for that lovely meditation I was running on empty, ahead of a challenging couple of days. I feel replenished now. Thank you ALL for your community spirit and support."
Meditation Participant
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
"Cynthia helped me to reignite my spark, and throughout the process she did so with professionalism, empathy, encouragement and the added bonus of shared laughter. She is a joy to work with."
InnerAlly Coaching Client
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