John Sobraske

11 State Street
Pittsford, New York 14534
United States
Office Phone: 585-746-7695
Member since 2014
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional, Mediator

John Sobraske, based in Rochester, New York, has an MA in clinical psychology and is licensed as a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist. He has worked as a psychotherapist for 25 years, serving youth, adults, couples and families; as a collaborative facilitator and family specialist for 7 years; and as a mediator for 5 years.

John has extensive training in attachment, object relations and psychoanalysis, with specialties in adoption, foster care, trauma, executive function and autism, and he works extensively with LGBTQ, African-American and Hispanic populations as well as low-income individuals and families. John regularly provides mental health evaluator and has served as an expert witness. He has developed two innovative psychotherapeutic approaches—Cognitive Affective Somatic Therapy and Psychoenergetic Psychotherapy.

His background in natural medicine includes training in botanical medicine, classical homeopathy, acupuncture and qigong. He is the chief editor for the homeopathic reference series, Materia Medica Clinica, by Massimo Mangialavori and has taught courses on natural medicine as adjunct faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

John is an international presenter on adoption and collaborative law. He regularly provides introductory two-day trainings and has presented several times to IACP. Together with Donna Maier and Diana Deyo Ryan, John founded Interfow which provides trainings on adaptive strategies for optimal outcomes in co-mediation and collaborative law. This group most recently presented in Spanish to the International Commission on Collaborative Law of Latin America. He has a special interest in collaborative team dynamics and innovative ways to combine mediation and collaboration. He has participated on two IACP committees and is currently the acting president of CLARA.

Area(s) of Practice: Mediation, Collaborative Law (Facilitator, Family Specialist) Psychotherapist Natural Medicine Practitioner
License(s): New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Activities

Member, North American Council on the Adoptable Child Advisory Council, Adoptive Foster Family Coalition of New York President, Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Co-Founder, Interflow: Adaptive Strategies in Co-Mediation and Collaborative Law

Undergraduate Education

Université de Liège, 1981
Stanford University, 1991

Postgraduate Education

National Institute of the Psychotherapies, 2019
Hunter College, 2008
University of Minnesota, 1998
John F. Kennedy University, 1995

Professional Education

Koiné School of Classical Homeopathy, 2006
Luminos School of Classical Homeopathy, 2006
Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, 2005
Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, 1999
Northwest Academy of Homeopathy, 1998