M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology Faculty
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., M.F.T., joined Pacifica's faculty in 2000, became Core Faculty in 2005, and has served as Director of Clinical Training before becoming Chair of the Counseling Psychology Program. Willow is a practicing psychotherapist in private practice, an IAAP Certified Jungian Analyst, and Training Analyst. She has supervised trainees and interns at various counseling centers and served as the Mental Health Consultant to the families of migrant farm workers. Willow is passionate about the emergence of the archetypes of the collective unconscious as they are expressed in world cultures and the inner resilience in response to suffering that characterizes those who engage in depth psychotherapy.
"The dynamism and joy of this program has always been most vividly experienced for me through our offerings of enriched coursework, opportunities for collaborative and experiential learning, and an absolutely unique course of study that integrates professional counseling and marriage and family therapy with depth psychology. At the same time that the program prepares students for a meaningful professional career, it also serves for many as a formal step towards the fulfillment of a life-long vocation engaged in learning and relationship with the mystery of the depths. It is a pleasure to see students working individually and in groups to develop the relational facility necessary to the profession of counseling and therapy. " -Willow Young
Avrom Altman,M.A., M.F.T, L.P.C.C., serves as Core Faculty, Director of Research, and Research Coordinator of the Counseling Psychology Program. Avrom is President of the Academic Senate and a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, Faculty Review Committee, Council of Research Coordinators, Internal Review Board, and Counseling Psychology Program Development Committee. Avrom has been teaching clinical and counseling psychology on the graduate level over 20 years. In his 14 years at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Avrom has taught Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice, Research in Psychology, Directed Research, Clinical Applications of Group Process, Group Dynamics, and Human Sexuality in the Therapy Context. He is preparing new courses titled Depth Psychology Theory and Practice: Somatic Psychotherapy, and Seminars in Directed Research. Avrom received the Pacifica Graduate Institute Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Avrom is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and certified Hakomi body-centered depth psychotherapist. He has been in private practice for over 30 years and supervised trainees and interns at Pacifica Pride in Santa Barbara and privately. He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and the Hakomi Therapy Institute. Avrom is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Community Counseling and Education Center in Santa Barbara. Avrom is past-President and Director of Studies of the Claymont Society for Continuous Education and teaches the Gurdjieff Movements and Gurdjieff Work internationally.
Jorge De La O, M.A., M.F.T., is in private practice in Santa Paula, California, specializing in Expressive Art Therapy, Sandplay and Jungian oriented psychotherapy. Currently Jorge is an advance Jungian analyst candidate. In January Jorge retired as public school teacher after 36 years in public and private education and has taught all grades from pre-school through the 8th grade. He has been honored with numerous awards for his excellence in education and continues to support the teachers and children at his old school. It is his love for children and learning as well as his passion for the diversity of life that brought him to the field of Depth Psychology. Jorge is also a poet and has published in Psychological Perspectives. As a part of Pacifica's Adjunct Faculty, Jorge has taught Process of Psychotherapy, Law and Ethics, Mores and Values in Cross Cultural Counseling Group Process and Clinical Practice. In addition to teaching at Pacifica, Jorge has also taught in the counseling program at California Lutheran University. Recently, Jorge was invited to be a presenter at the C.G. Study Center of Southern California Sandplay Conference entitled, "Sandplay: The Power of the Image." 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.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, with Emphasis in Marriage And Family Therapy, United States International University; Licensed Clinical Psychologist; MFT Certified Supervisor.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS: Philosophical Psychology; Archetypal, Existential, and Imaginal Psychotherapy; Soul-Centered and Eros-Focused Couples and Family Therapy; The Narration and Phenomenology of Desire. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D. is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has taught for the last 14 years and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He is the author of 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. His work in progress is a book about the deep psychology of money titled: The Midas Complex.
Allen D. Koehn, D.Min., M.F.T., is a certified Jungian analyst and a Core Faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute. 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 an 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.
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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
F.N. Tina Panteleakos, Ph.D., is a core faculty member and research coordinator in the Counseling Psychology program and associate faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program. As a licensed psychologist, she has a part-time private 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 received her doctorate in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests include: Trauma and dissociation; depth and psychopathology; existentialism; object relations; biological bases of behavior, including addiction and the impact of chronic illness on psyche; collective/ community response/responsibility to trauma and healing; resiliency; creativity; love.
Courses taught: Clinical Practice, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research in Psychology, Directed Research, and Psychopharmacology.
Lou Anne Wallner, M.A., M.F.T., serves as Core Faculty, and Clinical Training Associate for C & D track of the Counseling Psychology Program. She teaches Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice, Marriage, Family & Relationship Counseling I and II, and Working with Children and Adolescents. Lou Ann is secretary of the Academic Senate and treasurer of the Santa Barbara Friends of Jung. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice for 16 years specializing in work with 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. She 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 34 years. Lou Ann enjoys the diversity of Hawaii, hiking, and spending time with her growing family.
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.
Christine Downing, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She was the first woman president of the American Academy of Religion, the primary professional association for religious studies scholars. Christine taught for almost twenty years in the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University (a good part of the time as Chair of the Department) and during the same period as a member of the Core Faculty at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. From 1963 to 1974 she served as a faculty member of the Religion Department at Douglass College of Rutgers University. She has also taught at the Jung Institute in Zurich and lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad and at American and European universities. Her undergraduate degree in literature is from Swarthmore College; her Ph.D., in religion and culture, is from Drew University. Her books include The Goddess; Journey Through Menopause, Psyche's Sisters, Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love, Mirrors of the Self, Women's Mysteries, Gods In Our Midst, The Long Journey Home, The Luxury of Afterwards and Preludes: Essays in the Ludic Imagination.
Thomas Elsner, M.A., J.D., is a certified Jungian Analyst and a certified 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 lectured in the U.S., England, and Switzerland, including plenary presentations at the North American Conference of Jungian Analysts and Candidates. "The Night - Sea Voyage of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner" was the topic of Thomas' diploma thesis and the subject of a book in process. He has a private practice in Santa Barbara.
Megan Emery (bio forthcoming)
Diana Ferrari, M.A., M.F.T.: Diana is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice in Santa Barbara for 22 years. Diana 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 she believes was the foundation for her love of psychology and the mysteries of healing. She is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica, teaching Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice, Group Process and is a thesis advisor. Diana balances her work life by pursuing her passion for great food, murder mysteries, dance, ocean swimming, time in the garden with her cat, Lucy and her husband.
Matthew Fishler, J.D., Ph.D.: Matthew is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena and Sherman Oaks, California. He received his MA in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica. He also has a degree in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a law degree from UCLA. Recently, Matthew completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Rose City Center in Pasadena. Matthew's depth psychological practice incorporates both Jungian analytic and psychoanalytic approaches, and includes work with psychology students, writers and artists, and lawyers. 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 Psychological Perspectives, Soul Fountain, the Aurorean, Spindrift, and Avocet. In addition to his work as a psychologist, Matthew has worked part-time as a forensic mental health lawyer for the past ten years. Presently, he serves as President of Board of Directors of Counseling West in Sherman Oaks. Matthew teaches Clinical Practice I, II, and III.
Sukey Fontelieu, M.A., M.F.T.: Sukey is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and practices Jungian based psychotherapy in her private practice in Santa Barbara. She will be teaching Clinical Practice, Alchemy and the Art of Psychotherapy, and Group Process this year as well as being a Thesis Advisor at Pacifica. She brings her creative background in film and writing to her current work as an educator at Pacifica and, formerly, at The Union Institute and University and in the SBCC Adult Ed Program.
Michael Madden, M.A., M.F.T.: Michael is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Barbara who specializes in family systems training and counseling as well as the role of spirituality in families. He has conducted training in anger management for many years at Pacifica. Michael is a devoted father of an extraordinarily gifted young man, a natural educator, and a lover of music of all kinds.
Kathee Miller, M.A., M.F.T.: Kathee 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 is senior adjunct faculty and has taught at Pacifica since its inception as a long time thesis advisor and teaches courses such as: Process of 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, is forthcoming.
Mark Montijo, Ph.D., M.F.T.: Mark 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."
Safron Rossi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the James Hillman manuscript and archival collection. Safron is also Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching courses on mythology and depth psychology. She has an essay in the newly published The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination (2012) and her writing and scholarly studies focus on archetypal psychology, the western astrological tradition, goddess traditions and feminist studies.
C.D.Taylor, Ph.D., M.F.A., M.F.T.:C.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica, teaching Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice and Group Process evening training. Born in England, C.D. originally came to Southern California to teach Fine Art at USC. He then became a Director/Producer in the entertainment industry before entering the field of psychology. Currently, he works at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's Residential Center (a 28-day residential program for the treatment of dual-diagnosis patients) where his is Lead Case Manager and Primary Therapist. C.D. has a private practice which embraces an imaginal and archetypal depth perspective. His love of art, music, poetry, and all things creative, informs his understanding of psyche. C.D. has four adult children, and three granddaughters.
Andrew Teton, M.A., M.F.T.: Andrew earned his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara and completed a 2-year program in Hakomi Integrative Body Therapy Training. Andrew is a staff therapist at CALM, a Santa Barbara agency specializing in helping individuals and families resolve issues related to domestic violence and child abuse. Andrew has taught Marriage and Family I & II and Clinical Practice at Pacifica, and has taught Theories of Psychotherapy, Professional Ethics and the Law, Clinical Skills, and Group Psychotherapy at Antioch University. Andrew also leads workshops for Gerry Grossman Seminars and has trained more then 200 MFT interns who passed their California licensing exams. Andrew is a participant in neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology "MindSight" study group. Andrew has been a Board Member of the local chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has published a series of featured editorials and book reviews related to mental health issues. In 2003, he was given a Special Recognition for Leadership Award from CAMFT. Andrew also has the distinction of having Robin Williams create a comedy character based on him ("Andrew, the World's Most Intellectual Kindergarten Student.")
Gary White, M.A., M.F.T.: Originally from Philadelphia, Gary has been in Santa Barbara for 25 years, coming here for an internship and choosing to remain in California. Gary has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has worked with emotionally disturbed teens, developmentally disabled and autistic young adults, offenders and survivors of sexual violence and general sexual issues, including issues of sexual identity, oppression, homophobia and heterosexism. He currently works in private practice with a wide variety of clients, including children and families. He is currently the Director of the Disabled Students Program at UCSB.