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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
Affiliated Core Professors
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
Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT,is Chair of the Somatic Studies specialization in the Depth Psychology program at Pacifica and a registered somatic movement therapist. Her research and clinical interests include embodied social justice, somatic research methods, and the kinesthetic imagination. She is the author of several books, including Elemental Movement: A Somatic Approach to Movement Education, Knowing in our Bones: Exploring the Embodied Knowledge of Somatic Educators, and Embodied Social Justice.
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.
Shane Bruce, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is the Residential Clinical Supervisor with Aviva Family & Children Services where he participates in a leadership team working to improve community mental health in LA County. He also has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA where he specializes in ADHD, youth and family services.
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.
Matthew Fishler, J.D., Ph.D.is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California. He received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica. He also has a degree in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a law degree from UCLA. Matthew's depth psychological practice incorporates Jungian analytic, psychoanalytic, and existential approaches. Both his dissertation (The Evocative Moment: A Study in Depth Psychological Poetics) and master's thesis (Eclipse: Illuminating the Tragic Shadow of the Puer Aeternus) were part of a journey, and a calling, to make a home for theory, phenomenology, and poetry in depth psychological inquiry. At heart, his research embraces elusive, untranslatable experiences, and the via poetica that gives them voice and form. Matthew's poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Poetry Quarterly, Psychological Perspectives, Soul Fountain, the Aurorean, Spindrift, and Avocet. Formerly, Matthew worked as a forensic mental health lawyer, and served as Associate Director and on the Board of Directors of Counseling West. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and Division 42 of the American Psychological Association. Matthew teaches Process of Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice.
Cynthia Fredericksen, M.A., M.F.T.i.,is a passionate proponent in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy. As a young adult Cindy was introduced to Jungian Analysis which led her to her passion for Alchemy, Fairytales, dreams, and copper etching. Cindy’s ample experience as a Marriage Family Therapist Intern includes individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings. She has worked with teens, developmentally delayed, elderly, and addicts. Cindy has worked in a multitude of local counseling centers including New Beginnings Counseling Center, Jewish Family Services, Evolve Teen Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Changes Wellness and Treatment Center and with a private Jungian Analyst in Santa Barbara CA. Cindy resides in Carpinteria with her husband and three teenage daughters.
Maren Tonder Hansen, M. Div., Ph.D.,earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, and her Masters in Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. Hansen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. Her research interests include: the psychological dimension of myth; female psychology and spirituality; and depth psychological models of leadership. She is author of MotherMysteries, Teachers of Myth, and a public policy book on organic agriculture, for which she received an award from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Hansen researched, designed and tested a myth curriculum for adolescents, designed to stimulate psychological development. Hansen is a ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is a founding member of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. Her creative pursuits include improvisational singing in an ensemble, and songwriting. Maren shares, "The interdisciplinary threads that we weave in the Humanities courses elicit rich understandings of our human and planetary condition. These multidimensional perceptions become the deep field out of which our vivified work and being emerges."
Gioia A. Jacobson, M.A., L.M.F.T.,serves as a Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Faculty, and a Research Associate in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica. Gioia received undergraduate degrees from Pitzer College (The Claremont Colleges) in Psychology as well as English and World Literature: Creative Writing. Prior to completing her graduate work, Gioia studied holistic medicine for three years and obtained a certification as a yoga instructor. Her education continued at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she completed a master's degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition to her work at Pacifica, Gioia sees clients in a private practice setting in Long Beach. Gioia enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and the preparation of bioavailable foods.
Christopher Miller, Ph.D.,serves as Adjunct Faculty and a Teaching Assistant in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica. Since 2005 he has also worked at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he has been a frequent lecturer for the institute and The Analytical Psychology Club of Los Angeles. Lectures on such films as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hugo, and Boyhood reflect his ongoing interest in points of convergence between depth psychology, cinema, and culture. His review of Boyhood was published in Psychological Perspectives. Chris completed his doctoral dissertation at Pacifica, where he was a student in the Mythological Studies Program.
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
Mark Montijo, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.,was first licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor where he worked in partnership with Native American healers using traditional healing techniques. He then became licensed in California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and divided his practice between Beverly Hills and Santa Fe. Mark graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006 and began teaching that same year. While working for the U.S. Postal Service in several capacities, Mark investigated and resolved Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, created protocol for threat assessment, coordinated a regional Employee Assistance Program, and managed psychological services in the aftermath of workplace violence. He also coordinated an Employee and Physician Assistance Program and facilitated "Finding the Meaning in Medicine" groups for physicians in a large, busy urban hospital in Los Angeles. He has extensive experience in conducting psychological assessment and report writing in an injury compensation environment. Mark has practiced as a depth psychotherapist in a busy outpatient clinic setting as well as in private practice. Currently a healthcare mediator for a large HMO, Mark works with patients, families, physicians and staff involved in unexpected adverse medical outcomes, weaving the threads of their individual stories into one tapestry. He is a passionate advocate for Patient and Family Centered Care. He also maintains a private practice and delivers pro bono geropsychology services at a skilled nursing facility in Berkeley. Having deepened the bonds he first made with a network of traditional Native American healers many years ago, Mark continues a 25+ year commitment to track the many connecting threads between Jungian thought and the traditional healing ways of North America. He integrates this into his depth psychology practice and his approach to teaching. "My spiritual home is near the Sheep Springs Trading Post on what used to be called Hwy 666. My academic home is here at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My family home is at the foot of Mt. Diablo in Northern California. Spirit, Mystery and Love flow like an underground Stream, connecting all three."
Danielle Amara Norlinger, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and serves as a Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts (with a trifurcated emphasis on International Development, French, and Painting) from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006. Prior to pursuing her graduate work, she studied abroad in Paris, France (French, Economics, Post-Colonial Studies), and did volunteer work in Cochabamba, Bolivia at CEDIB (a research center and library that supports indigenous social movements); Danielle has also lived in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving her master’s degree in counseling from Pacifica, Danielle worked in community mental health and focused on serving the needs of Santa Barbara’s Spanish-speaking community. In addition to teaching, Danielle now has a private practice with offices in both Santa Barbara and Los Olivos, California.
Marilyn J. Owen, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program, and serves as the representative to Academic Senate. She teaches Community Mental Health and Clinical Practice I, II, III, IV, V, VI. She has been in private practice since 2004, and integrates depth and somatic approaches in her work with clients, and supervision of interns. After graduating from Pacifica's M.A. Counseling Psychology program, Marilyn spent 15 years providing direct care, supervision, and training to staff serving children and families with severe mental illness in Pasadena. This experience gave her a deep understanding of how chronic early trauma and attachment wounding affects the body as well as the mind. This inspired her to pursue nonverbal and somatic approaches to psychotherapy, such as Sandplay, mindfulness, movement, and voice to increase awareness of the body and nonverbal processes. She has taken several intensives in Marion Woodman's BodySoul Rhythms, and recently completed the Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Working in county funded agencies also helped her understand ways in which therapists trained in Depth Psychology can work within and contribute to the predominantly Cognitive-Behavioral orientation of public mental health. Before entering psychology, Marilyn earned a B.A. in British Literature and Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton, where she taught Theatre courses for 9 years. Her creative work includes writing poetry, personal essays, and singing. Personal interests that inform her academic and clinical work include Buddhism from the Shambhala tradition, Integral Philosophy, and Depth Astrology. 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, the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, and the American Association of University Professors.
F.N. Tina Panteleakos, Ph.D.,is Adjunct Faculty in Pacifica's M.A. Counseling Psychology Program. Tina also teaches in the Clinical Psychology Program. She teaches Clinical Practice, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research in Psychology, and Psychopharmacology. She received her doctorate in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has a part-time clinical practice in Santa Barbara where she works with adults and adolescents suffering from the aftermath of trauma, mood difficulties involved with depression and chronic illness, addiction, sexuality/sexual identity concerns related to LGBTQ populations as well as first generation college/graduate students. She is a board member of the Santa Barbara Youth Project a collaborative, non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring underprivileged children to attend summer horse camps. Tina enjoys fooling around in a variety of contexts and spending time with her family and friends. She is a member of the California Psychological Association, American Association of University Professors, and the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association.
Craig Park, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Program Director for Mental Health Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where for the past 28 years he has been responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive clinical continuum of mental health and substance use services, ranging from emergency services, residential, and an array of day and intensive outpatient services. Mr. Park received his B.A. in psychology from UCSB and his M.A. in psychology from Antioch University in San Francisco. In addition to his work at Cottage Hospital, Mr. Park has been active in teaching, training, and developing clinicians both in the U.S. and overseas. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and previously has been on faculty at numerous educational institutions including Antioch University, Santa Barbara City College, University of Sussex, UK, and UCSB Extension where he also served as Academic Program Advisor for Behavioral Sciences. Mr. Park has lived in the Santa Barbara area for the past 29 years and is married with two grown children. He is an avid cyclist and traveler.
Stephanie Pawlowicz, M.A., L.M.F.T.,is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently completing hours for certification for Registered Play Therapist and certification as a Gestalt Play Therapist. She is also a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Certified Supervisor, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Stephanie has a private practice in Santa Barbara, California and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica where she currently teaches Human Growth and Development, Child Psychotherapy, and Community Mental Health. She has also served as a Portfolio Evaluator for the Thesis. As a way of giving back, Stephanie works weekly with those members of the community that are dual diagnosed and learning new life skills.
Ifat Peled, Ph.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice in the Los Angeles area, California. Dr. Peled served as adjunct faculty at Burlington College, Vermont, where she taught Human Development, Adolescence Development and Psychopathology from a depth and Jungian perspective. Presently, Dr. Peled teaches in the psychology department at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and in the M.A. Counseling program at Pacifica. Dr. Peled has given presentations and led training workshops on such topics as transference and countertransference, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, dreams, and working with the unconscious in the therapy room.
Dr. Peled has been involved in education for many years and served as a board member in the Board of Trustees of Highland Hall, Waldof School, offering education based on the philosophies of Rodulf Stiener and Carl Jung.
Her dissertation concentrated on the Transformations in the therapist's psyche through working with borderline patients. She also has contributed her published review to the text book for university students by Myers & DeWall’s, Psychology in Everyday Life, 4th edition, specifically the section on therapeutic modalities.
Lori Pye, Ph.D.,President, Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychlogy. Dr. Pye comes from a background in education, health, and environmental and marine conserva-tion. She holds a doctorate in cultural mythology and depth psychology, and is a leader in developing the field of ecopsychology. As director of several NGO organizations she worked to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Biological Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador. She was the Executive Director for Sea Shep-herd Conservation Society and Education Director for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures. Dr. Pye teaches internationally, has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, and serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. She is a member of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), and the European Ecopsychology Society. Dr. Pye founded and directs Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology. She also serves as faculty for Kaweah Delta Psychiatric Residency Program, University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Edward Santana, Ph.D.,is a Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario, Canada) and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He previously served as the director of the doctoral program in integrative therapy and as Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO). His career includes a range of business, organizational, clinical, and academic experience. He held leadership positions as a senior management executive, clinical program director, and congressional staff member. Edward led a team of twelve therapists serving incarcerated youth at two maximum-security California prisons. He also managed several therapeutic programs for LGBTQ youth at an agency in Toronto, Canada, where he also maintained a private practice. He was Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a large division of the AAMFT, and worked with ministry officials on the development of new licensure and professional regulations. His research interests include Jungian and depth psychological approaches to sexuality and gender, integrative approaches to psychotherapy, socio-political activism and human rights, and organizational and leadership studies. He currently lives in San Francisco and just released the book, Jung and Sex: Re-visioning the Treatment of Sexual Issues.
Michael Selby, Ph.D.,has been a professor of Psychology at California State University San Luis Obispo for 25 years where he has taught both undergraduate and MFT graduate courses in Biopsychology, Psychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology. He coordinated the graduate program for eight years and supervises student psychotherapy training. He is a Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist with a private practice specializing in Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology. In his private practice, he has evaluated more than 5,000 patients suffering from severe mental illness or head trauma, and frequently testifies as an expert witness in forensic cases involving competency to stand trial, insanity pleas, sexually violent predators, and mentally disordered offenders. He has over 30 publications and 50 conference presentations related to neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Mike is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Board of Forensic Psychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society.
Thomas Steffora, MA, LMFT,is a psychodynamic and imaginal psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Maria, CA. He received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2013. Thomas is currently Research Coordinator, Research Associate for Track D, and Adjunct Faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica. His interests include archetypal and philosophically-informed psychology, aesthetics, psychopathology, chronic pain and somatic symptom pathology, transference/countertransference, and systems theory. His practice focuses on medically-related issues including pain, medically-managed conditions, and chronic, somatic concerns. In addition he works with individuals and couples utilizing a systemic lens. He has lived on the Central Coast for 20 years.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS: Archetypal Psychology, Philosophically-Informed Psychology, Medically-integrative Therapy, Somatic Symptom Pathology, phenomenological modalities, Systems-focused Couples and Individual Psychotherapy.