Chair & Faculty: Masters in Counseling Psychology
with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology
The Faculty members of Pacifica's M.A. Counseling Program bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom.
Comprised of Jungian Analysts, practicing therapists, mythologists, ecotherapists, licensed professional counselors, psychotherapists, L.M.F.T.'s, and leaders in the field, the counseling faculty share a passion for education and are dedicated to working with adult learners and mentorship. Read below to learn more about the faculty in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program:
Willow Young, M.A., L.M.F.T.,serves as Core Professor and Program Chair of the Counseling Psychology Program. Willow served as Director of Clinical Training from 2005-2011 and teaches Analytical Psychology, Clinical Practice, Cross Cultural Mores and Values, and Crisis Intervention. She has taught at the graduate level for 19 years and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Star Service Award in 2014. Willow is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Jungian Analyst, and served as a CAMFT Certified Supervisor from 2004-2009, supervising interns at New Beginnings Counseling Center, Counseling West, and in her private practice. In her work with students, she integrates her training in archetypal and cultural studies with solid theoretical and clinical skills of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. Willow values the presence of Psyche in our lives and engages the multifaceted expressions of psyche, listening deeply to that which wants to come into relationship. In her private practice, Willow works with a Depth Psychological approach that integrates a Jungian understanding of the psyche with complex systems theory and uses modalities appropriate to individual and family needs. Her research interests include Jungian theory and practice, systemic processes in families, organizational leadership and education; alchemical symbolism, and individuation; and native healing practices. Willow is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, American Association of University Professors, Jung Study Center of Southern California, and an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Lou Ann Wallner, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is Core Professor, Director of Clinical Training, and Clinical Practicum Associate in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program. As a professor, she teaches in the sequence of Clinical Practice I-VI courses and Marriage, Family and Relationship Counseling I, II. Lou Ann is an elected member of the faculty Academic Senate, and the Senate Leadership Committee. She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 17 years specializing in adolescents and their families. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of archetypal influences within family systems and works from both Depth and Jungian perspectives. Lou Ann is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, and the American Association of University Professors. Lou Ann has a strong connection to the simplicity and solitude that nature affords and lives in a wilderness community, off the grid, with her husband of 40 years. She enjoys the diversity of Hawaii, hiking, and spending time with her growing family.
Avrom Altman, M.A., L.M.F.T, L.P.C.,has taught the Gurdjieff Movements for more than 40 years. He studied with Gurdjieff's students John Bennett, Pierre Elliot, Vivien Elliot, and Anna Durco at Sherborne 1972-1973; led Gurdjieff groups from 1973-1979; and lived at Claymont from 1979-1989 where he was head gardener, Director of Studies of the four- and ten-month Residential Courses, taught the Gurdjieff Movements, and served as President. Avrom attended Dr. William and Louise Welch's and Jim Wycoff's groups at the Gurdjieff Foundation in New York for five years while attending Gurdjieff Movements classes with Jim Wycoff and Andre Enard. Avrom worked with Jungian analyst Dr. Edith Wallace who was a student of C.G. Jung and John Bennett, became a Mevlevi semazen with Sheikh Suleyman Loras and his son Sheikh Jelaluddin Loras, sat zazen with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi at the Tassajara Zen Center, and studied the Way of Council at the Ojai Foundation with Virginia Coyle, Jack Zimmerman, and Jacquelyn McCandless. Avrom is a core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he teaches counseling psychology and somatic psychotherapy, is Research Associate, and was President of the Academic Senate. He received Pacifca Graduate Institute's Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Extraordinary Accomplishments Award as Soul Tender in the World in 2015. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified Hakomi Therapist. Avrom has organized and taught over 100 seminars in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.
Jorge de la O, M.A., L.M.F.T.,serves as Core Professor and is an IAAP certified Jungian Analyst and Registered Sandplay Therapist with a private practice in Ventura, California. In 2010, Jorge retired as a schoolteacher after 36 years in public and private education in the United States and in Spain. Jorge has taught all grades from pre-school through the 8th grade. He has been honored with numerous awards for his excellence in education. In 2011, Jorge was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Jorge is also a poet and has published in Psychological Perspectives. He is a professor in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica where he has taught The Art of Listening, Process of Psychotherapy, Law and Ethics, Multicultural Counseling Theories and Technique, Group Process, Clinical Practice and has served as a Portfolio Evaluator for the Thesis. In addition to teaching at Pacifica, recently, Jorge presented his certification paper at the C.G. Study Center of Southern California Sandplay Conference entitled, "The Frozen Feminine: A Control Case." Jorge enjoys hiking in the Upper Ojai and spending time along the Ventura/Santa Barbara coast with his wife and their Portuguese water dogs, Meara and Reilly. Jorge is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Sandplay Therapists of America, American Association of University Professors, the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California, an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and the Analytical Psychology Club, Los Angeles.
Michael Elliott, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist,serves as Core Professor. His doctorate is in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the current President of the Academic Senate, a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, and Counseling Psychology Program Development Committee. He is an invited member of the Institute's Shared Stewardship Coordinating Committee and teaches courses in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. At Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dr. Elliott has taught Clinical Practice I, II, III, Imaginal and Archetypal Psychology, Marriage, Family, and Relationship Therapy I, II, Psychological Assessment, and Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice. He has served as the Coordinator of Assessment in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program and on the Institutes Academic Excellence Committee. Dr. Elliott has been in private practice as a psychologist treating individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years and has supervised trainees and interns in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Clinical Psychology. He is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Elliott is the Founding Director of, and current consultant to, the nationally recognized Auxiliary Studies Program in Orange County California treating secondary school students with learning and behavior disorders. He has conducted workshops and presented papers at various conferences including the American Psychological Association. His publications include: The Art and Soul of Couples and Family Therapy in the CAMFT publication, The Therapist, June 2013; The Unmotivated Child: A Crisis in Perception, in The Sky Is The Limit, a bi-monthly journal for Learning Disabilities, January 1998. Dr. Elliott is currently finishing his first book, Dreaming Of A Pregnant Bird: The Art, Philosophy, And Practice Of Imaginal Psychology.
Allen D. Koehn, D.Min., L.M.F.T.,serves as Core Professor and is a certified Jungian Analyst. He is the former Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He has taught and lectured at the Jung Institute in Los Angeles, New Zealand, Canada, and New York. He was Adjunct Faculty at U.S.C. and has taught through U.C.L.A.'s continuing education program. He has over thirty years' experience in counseling both as a Presbyterian minister and in private practice as a MFT and Jungian Analyst. Areas of interest include Trickster mythology, typology, relationships, alchemy and a special interest in the creative process both in its formal aspects and as an approach to life and individuation. Allen is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, American Association of University Professors, the C.G. Jung Study Center of Los Angeles, and an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Angela Mohan, M.A., L.M.F.T., serves as Core Professor. Marriage and Family Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Angie is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Association of University Professors, and the Representative for Pacifica Graduate Institute to the California MFT Stipend Consortium, Los Angeles County and Central Coast Regions.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS: Couples, Adolescents, Family Systems; Interpersonal Dynamics: Philosophy and Rituals; Multi-cultural Issues: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions; Use of Literature and Film in Therapy
Associate Core Faculty
Diana Ferrari, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is Associate Core Faculty and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice in Santa Barbara for 26 years. She is considered an expert in the field of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. As part of her commitment to educating others about the diversity of learning styles, she has spent many years conducting workshops and trainings in both educational and community settings. She spent 6 years working with the chronically mentally ill. That experience was the foundation for her love of psychology and the mysteries of healing. Diana teaches Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice, Group Theories and Techniques and serves as a Portfolio Evaluator for the Thesis. Diana balances her work life by pursuing her passion for great food, murder mysteries, dance, and ocean swimming. She also loves time in the garden with her cat, Lucy and singing with her husband, a professional musician. She is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist and the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT.
Kathee Miller, M.A., L.M.F.T.,serves as Associate Core Faculty and has been a soul-centered depth psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara since 1980, integrating Jungian/ Archetypal psychology, Hakomi Somatic Therapy, self psychology, trauma work, eco-psychology, contemplative practices, and the creative arts. She came into the field via the twin doors of visual art and dance, and likes to work on the edges where psyche rises up from the margins. She has taught at Pacifica since its inception as a Portfolio Evaluator for the Thesis and teaches courses such as: Process or Psychotherapy. Clinical Practice, Imaginal Psychology, Authentic Movement (active imagination with the body), and Jungian Sandplay. She is a passionate poet and photographer. One of her favorite things in life is to walk the edges of land and water, in silence, photographing wild birds. Currently she is creating photographic duets and mosaics of kindred images, using this as sacred dialogue between human and non-human subjects. Kathee is also married to an artist for 30 years, and mother of a very creative 25 year old son. She loves to study and is often immersed in research of depth psychology as a vocation. Her ongoing projects include: Love The Wild Swan: Offerings of the Imaginal, a book integrating post-Jungian theory with hands on practice in the consulting room and the world, The Body as Sacred Text, a book of poetry and photography, and a poetry collection Broken Open: From Darkness and Light, 2014. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT.
Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D., is Core Professor and has taught for the last 17 years and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He is the author of The Midas Complex: How Money Drives Us Crazy and What We Can Do About It (2013), Knights Without Armor (1991/2004) and Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help "Bad Boys" Become Good Men (1999). He is coauthor of' Gender War, Gender Peace (1994) and What Women and Men Really Want (1995), and a contributor to many anthologies and journals. Outside the classroom, Aaron is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica. He is often featured expert on juvenile justice and gender issues for national news media and as an advisor to organizations such as the Little Hoover Commission's Task Force on Youth Crime and Violence, The Center for Psychology and Social Change, The California Youth Authority and The Harvard School of Education. Aaron's research on juveniles at risk for incarceration was featured in the award winning documentary film JUVIES (2004). He also is the producer of an award winning, documentary film, AWAKENING (2006), about the psychology of women in Afghanistan and India who are liberating their families from severe poverty. He teaches Cultural Psychology, Community and Ecological Field-Work, Scholarly Writing, Dissertation Research, Clinical Practice and Psychopathology.
Affiliated Core Professors
Mathew Bennett, Psy.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health. Dr. Bennett is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer ("Poland III, 1991-1993").
Christine Downing, Ph.D.,is a core member of the faculty at Pacifica. She has made extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of Religious Studies, Mythology, and Gender Studies. She is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from San Diego State University where she taught for almost twenty years. She has also taught concurrently at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad. Her undergraduate degree is in literature is from Swarthmore College, while her Ph.D. in Religion and Culture is from Drew University. Dr. Downing is the author of numerous scholarly essays and important books in the field: The Goddess; Myths & Mysteries of Same-Sex Love; Psyche's Sisters; Long Journey Home; Women's Mysteries; and Gods in Our Midst. Collections of her essays have also been published: The Luxury of Afterwards; Preludes; and Gleanings. Her areas of emphasis include: Greek Mythology; Women's Studies; and Psychoanalysis.
-Greek and Roman Mythology with Dr. Christine Downing
-Free Lecture-Epiphanies: Big Dreams and Transformative Meetings
-Approaches to the Study of Myth (MP3)
-My First Days of Graduate School: Pacifica Graduate Institute Faculty Reflections
Affiliated Associate Core Faculty
Safron Rossi, Ph.D.,is Associate Core Faculty in the Depth psychology Jungian and Archetypal Studies MA/PhD program, teaching courses on mythology and depth psychology. Safron is also Curator of Collections at Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the archival and manuscript collections of scholars including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marija Gimbutas, Marion Woodman, and Christine Downing. Her writing and scholarly studies focus on archetypal psychology, the western astrological tradition, goddess traditions, and feminist studies. Safron edited and introduced a volume in Joseph Campbell's Collected Works based on his Goddess mythology lectures titled Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (2013). She has published articles in Jungian and Archetypal journals and has contributed essays to various volumes including: The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination; and Breaking the Plates: Fracturing Fictions and Archetypal Imaginings.
Clyde Blair, M.A., L.M.F.T.,has an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University which featured Buddhism and Somatic Psychology, and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has over 18 years' experience working with child abuse, family peacemaking, trauma, and chemical dependency. Trained in the fields of mindfulness meditation, voice dialogue, and deep soul work, he specializes in conflict resolution for couples and families, the treatment of trauma and chemical dependency, and mentoring men. He is currently training in advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with Pat Ogden, through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute of Boulder Colorado. Clyde has a private practice in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. He likes to write poetry, dance, sing, do improvisational acting, and drum. He is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a registered Lifespan Integration Practitioner, and Sensori Motor Institute.
Toby Bobes, Ph.D.,is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in teaching graduate-level courses for 23 years and doing clinical supervision for 18 years. She teaches Basic Introduction to Working with Couples at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Toby previously taught at Antioch University. Her career includes 28 years in private practice. Toby has taught many supervision courses for the California Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. Toby is the author of multiple articles that focus on clinical supervision as well as couple and family work. She is coauthor of the following books: Doing Couple Therapy: Integrating Theory with Practice, 2002 and The Couple Is Telling You What You Need to Know: Couple-Directed Therapy in a Multicultural Context, 2005. Toby is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT.
Barbara Boyd, M.A., L.M.F.T., L.P.C.C., is currently Adjunct Faculty teaching Directed Research. and Career Development Theory and Techniques. Over the years she has taught the Process of Psychotherapy, Career Development, and Clinical Practice, and has advised on thesis production. She studied both psychology and art at Cornell University and obtained her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica. In her private practice she focuses on neuropsychological and depth approaches to healing the emotional aftermath of Trauma as well as resolving mysterious long-standing embodied trauma. Other specialties include improving the functioning of families with young teen girls and enriching individual's relationship skills, including resolution of attachment issues. In addition to dream work, the archetype of the Goddess and investigation and empowerment of the Sacred Feminine in ancient and modern cultures continue to be very important to Barbara. A great advocate of healing through group process, she facilitates a weekly Women's Relationship Group. Barbara enjoys art and music. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT.
Jane Castillón, M.A., is an Adjunct Faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she teaches in the Counseling Psychology Program. Courses taught include Career Development, Human Sexuality, Psychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology. Ms. Castillón has guest lectured at Pacifica and Antioch University for special programs emphasizing multicultural awareness and supervision. She is originally from San Diego and has over a decade of experience helping others succeed in their personal, educational, and professional pursuits. Jane is also employed fulltime as a Disabilities Specialist at UC Santa Barbara where her caseload consists of college age students affected by mental health conditions that rise to the level of disability. Jane is familiar with the University of California system having graduated from UC Irvine with B.A.s in Spanish as well as in Psychology and Social Behavior. In addition, she has worked at UCLA, UCSD, and UC Irvine. After working for a few years as a researcher on two NIMH sponsored grants supporting the Human Genome Project, she earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at Counseling Services at UC Santa Barbara. Ms. Castillón is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University. Ms. Castillón resides in Santa Barbara with her family. In her free time, Jane enjoys running, painting, and cheering for the S.D. Chargers.
Alonso Dominguez M.A., L.M.F.T.,has provided direct clinical care to a diverse population for over 23 years. His service includes working with at-risk youth at the ERAS Center, and at the Kruks/Tilsner Center where he served as a youth advocate, case manager, and residential manager. He later transferred to the Tarzana Treatment Center in the San Fernando Valley and helped develop their youth department and coordinated treatment for the Sylmar Juvenile Drug Court, which was honored as a national mentor youth drug court by SAMSHA. He transitioned to the private sector working at Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center, and then Promises Treatment Centers as a primary and family clinician. In the course of his service he attended Pacifica Graduate Institute's Graduate Depth Counseling Master's Program and became a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the State of California. He maintains a private practice in west Los Angeles working from a depth perspective incorporating humanistic, general systems, and existential modalities. Alonso is a first generation American born and raised in Los Angeles by parents who migrated from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Alonso is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jemma Elliot, M.A., L.M.F.T., L.P.C.C.,is the Director of Research and a Research Associate for Pacifica Graduate Institute's M.A. Counseling Psychology Program, as well as being a Portfolio Evaluator for the Thesis. She additionally serves as Adjunct Faculty, teaching both research and clinical courses. Jemma has a clinical focus on adoption and separation trauma, and has provided trainings and spoken on panels to advance the understanding of the needs of children and families on the adoption spectrum throughout Los Angeles County. She also has a special interest in working with PTSD from a depth psychological perspective, and in witnessing and hosting the extrasensory gifts and energetic awakenings that often arise in clients after traumatic experiences. Jemma is a Clinical Member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as a member of Psi Chi. She has a great love for the arts, and alongside her husband, runs a successful music production company which provides original musical compositions for film and television. In her downtime, Jemma can be found pursuing her passion for greyhound rescue, and dancing and singing with the love of her life, her three-year-old daughter, Kaia Joy.
Wendy Elliott, M.S., L.P.C.C.,has worked as a Licensed Psychotherapist, Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Facilitator of Authentic Movement for over 30 years. Recently, Wendy also completed her training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a certified Yoga Teacher. In addition to being a long time clinician, Wendy has also served as a professor of graduate students in the fields of counseling/depth psychology, dance-movement therapy, and organizational leadership since 1984. Wendy completed her M.S. in Leadership Development in 2002, and served as a Dean at a small New England college, worked as a corporate consultant, and a facilitator of strategic development retreats until returning to private practice and teaching full time. Currently, Wendy is a professor at Pacifica and Antioch University, has a private practice in Ojai, and runs her own CEU training program for clinicians and interns focused on integrating somatic approaches, mindfulness based psychotherapy and body centered techniques. Wendy is inspired by witnessing her clients and students find and embody their Authentic Self. Wendy believes that healing comes from the inside out and continues to marvel and be humbled by the creativity, resilience and beauty of the human spirit. Wendy is a long time practitioner of Vipassana Meditation, dancer, nature adventurer and grateful mother of two young adults Tara and Eli, who are her greatest teachers. She is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.
Thomas Elsner, M.A., J.D.,is a certified Jungian Analyst and licensed as a Research Psychoanalyst with the California Medical Board. Thomas trained as an analyst at the Center for Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland and specializes in the role of dreams and the symbolic life in clinical practice. He has a private practice in Santa Barbara. Tom teaches in the depth sequence courses. He is an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Megan Emery, M.A. L.M.F.T., L.P.C.C., L.P.C.,is Adjunct Faculty and teaches Process of Psychotherapy, Family Systems and Domestic Violence, Ethics and the Law: Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment. Megan is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
AREAS OF EMPHASIS: Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness in Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice, the Business of Psychotherapy, and Depression and Anxiety treatment.