Ili's Professional Bio

My first class, on the first day of graduate school, I knew that I had found my “thing” (marriage and family therapy). I recognize that finding this love for specific work is rare, and I cherish this blessing. I have had the opportunity to apply my clinical skills to administration as well as direct service in hospitals, church settings, agencies, private practice, and business consulting. I am a speaker on family therapy topics and currently serve as an online graduate instructor for Messiah College. I've taught at the graduate level for both COAMFTE and CACREP accredited programs.  

Additionally, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, and I recently completed a Ph.D. in Family Therapy. My areas of expertise are self of the therapist, family of origin, the integration of Christian faith and counseling, applying systems theory in church and business consulting, and relationship and intimacy development through dialogue.

I am originally from Puerto Rico, but I grew up as an Army kid.  I am a proud introvert, and my favorite pastime is hearing people's life stories. I live in South Florida with my husband, daughter, as well as my two rescued family members--Mia the lab mix, and Moxie the cat.

Ili Rivera Walter, Ph.D., LMFT:


  • Clinical Fellow, AAMFT
  • Approved Supervisor, AAMFT
  • Member, American Association of Christian Counselors


  • PREPARE/ENRICH Pre-marital + Marital Assessments
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Program
  • Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator
  • Qualified Supervisor for LMFTs and LMHCs, Florida
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Florida and Pennsylvania