Our Founder

S. Faye Snyder, PsyD, is the originator of the Causal Theory, affectionately known at PaRC as The Theory. This parenting theory is the only comprehensive theory of developmental psychology in the field of psychology. Dr. Snyder specializes in the origins and treatment of all pathology and behavioral issues that originate in childhood trauma. Dr. Faye, as she likes to be called, is a psychologist (#PSY 24806) and marriage and family therapist (MFC #29816). She is the clinical director of PaRC and former part-time professor at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Faye founded The Parenting and Relationship Counseling Foundation (PaRC), previously known as The Institute for Professional Parenting (TIPP), in 1988 and formulated the parenting series with both professionals and parents in mind. Dr. Faye’s theory, the Causal Theory, is based upon the premise of experiential and environmental cause and effect in creating temperament, personality, character, drives, behavioral and interaction patterns.

Dr. Faye received her BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Book and spent one year doing graduate work in sociology at New York University. She received her master’s degree in family therapy from California Graduate Institute in Westwood and her doctorate in psychology from Ryokan College of Psychology, Los Angeles. However, Dr. Faye maintains that her real credentials come from the wisdom anyone achieves from transcending a difficult childhood. Dr. Faye is happily married to Ron Snyder, and together they have raised their own miracle child, Scott Clifton Snyder, now Scott Clifton. Scott is an accomplished actor on network television, having played Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital, Schuyler Joplin on One Life to Live and Liam Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful. He has been nominated six times for a Daytime Emmy and won twice, once for Best Younger Actor (2011) and once for Best Supporting Actor (2012). He is also a talented singer/songwriter and debater with more than 40,000 subscribers on his blog and occasionally teaches at PaRC. For further information on The Theory, visit TheCausalTheory.com and DrFayeSnyder.com.

Dr. Faye can be reached for appointments after students have taken a course in The Causal Theory, aka The Theory (emergencies excepted). To learn of Causal Therapists closest to you or to see a coach or intern, contact us at, (818) 891-8477.