Colleen Maillie

Colleen Maillie, M.Div., began her studies of Family Systems Theory in 2006 during her 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.  In 2010 Colleen began her formal studies of Family Systems Theory thru the Post-Graduate Program at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown in Washington, D.C., completing two years of study and attending symposiums. She is an active member of The Bowen Theory Education Center in Chattanooga where she continues her work in theory and serves as a guest lecturer.

With a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Colleen went on to congregational ministry and chaplaincy for 8 years before settling into work in executive search.

Though Colleen does have an undergraduate background rooted in Psychology, she is not a licensed therapist. Colleen offers her services
as a coach through the lens of Family Systems Theory for the individual, the couple, the family, and any organization. Colleen also offers workshops to leaders capable of effecting change within their organization.

Learn Systems Theory

Learn Systems Theory


Family Systems Theory is rooted in eight concepts that see human behavior as stemming from the power of the system, which is composed of the members of a family structure and their various relationships, roles, and interactions. Expanding our understanding of how the emotional system guides our family, work, and other social systems unveils more effective options to counter issues we find problematic.

Examine Your History

Examine Your History

Many unhealthy symptoms can find their roots in our individual family systems. As we learns about systems theory, we will also explore our own family systems in an effort to increase objectivity and clarity and lower our emotional responses. This is also be effective when considering organizations: their beginnings and development over time, their leadership and contributions to its members’ well-being.

Apply Your Knowledge

Apply Your Knowledge

As we increase our knowledge of theory and awareness of ourselves, we discover that the options for our responses amid increased tension and anxiety become more numerous. We learn to cope more effectively with negative reactions from others as we seek to better ourselves; symptoms cause by anxiety and stress will lessen as we grow in confidence; and a desire to continue on the path of learning theory and our history will flourish as we recognize the freedom that knowledge brings.

Differentiate Yourself

Differentiate Yourself

Establishing a more differentiated self is our goal, as we seek to claim who we are and what we believe without swaying to the masses. Often our sense of self is poorly differentiated, highly influenced by the acceptance and approval we seek from others. We strive to decrease our dependence on the thinking of others around us as we strengthen our own voice, staying calm and clear headed in the midst of conflict, criticism and rejection.

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Colleen Maillie, M.Div., began her studies of Family Systems Theory in 2006 during her 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. In 2010 Colleen began her formal studies of Family Systems Theory thru the Post-Graduate Program at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown in Washington, D.C., completing two years of study and attending symposiums. She is an active member of The Bowen Theory Education Center in Chattanooga where she continues her work in theory and serves as a guest lecturer.