Chair & Faculty: M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies


Faculty in the Somatics Studies specialization bring a passion for research and a wealth of interdisciplinary expertise into the classroom. Drawn from fields that extend the intersections of depth psychology and somatic studies, this dynamic group of scholar/practitioners includes psychotherapists, acupuncturists, social workers, anthropologists, yoga teachers, dance movement therapists, writers, and massage therapists.

Program Chair

Rae Johnson, Ph.D.

Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSW, RSMT

, is Chair of the Somatic Studies Specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program. She is a somatic movement therapist, educator, and researcher. She is the former Chair of the Somatic Psychology Department at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, former Director of the Body Psychotherapy Program in the Somatic Counseling Psychology Department at Naropa University and the founding Coordinator of Student Crisis Response Programs at the University of Toronto. Her research and clinical interests include the somatic impact of oppression, embodied critical pedagogy, and feminist somatic research methods.

Courses taught: Dissertation Development, Introduction to Somatic Studies, and Research Methods II: Qualitative Methods

-Becoming an Embodied Ally

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Core Faculty

Joseph Coppin

Joseph Coppin, Ph.D.,

has been on the faculty at Pacifica since 1996 and has taught across several programs focusing on studies in Archetypal Psychology, Research, and Depth Psychotherapy. He chaired the Depth Psychology Program for four years and the Depth Psychotherapy Program for its first three years. He has most recently served for three years on the institute's Executive Management Council. Dr. Coppin has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1980 and has written and published in the field of Depth Psychology, including co-authoring the text, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Approach. In addition to his teaching at Pacifica, Dr. Coppin is a contributing faculty member at the Instituto de Psicologia Profunda in Mexico City.

Courses taught: Selected Topics I, Enacting the Oral Tradition, Archetypal Psychology, Introduction to Depth Psychology

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Christine Downing

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.

Courses taught: Human Sexuality

-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

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Kesha Fikes

Kesha Fikes (Ph.D., RSMT, CMT)

is a sociocultural anthropologist in private practice as a somatic bodyworker and movement therapist. She practices the Danis Bois Method (DBM), a perceptual enrichment practice that evolved from osteopathy, in addition to Kathy Kain's somatic touch approach. Kesha previously taught as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and at the University of Chicago. Then, her research focused on the production of social norms - how everyday sociocultural patterns go unrecognized because of our normative relationships to them. She now works in the opposite direction: instead of assessing how and why patterns work, she attends to the safety conditions that support their unraveling, such that people acquire access to the choice to live more fully.

Courses taught: Relational Embodiment, Fieldwork Advisor

Patrick Mahaffey

Patrick Mahaffey, Ph.D.,

helped found Pacifica's Mythological Studies program in 1994 and has served as its chair for 18 years. His Ph.D. in Religious Studies is from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is editor of Evolving God-Images: Essays on Religion, Individuation, and Postmodern Spirituality. His areas of emphasis include Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Contemplative Practices, and Mysticism. He has conducted participant-observation research in India and practices Hindu and Buddhist meditation. He has published essays on Hindu yoga traditions; Jung's Depth Psychology and Yoga; Religious Pluralism; World-Making and Postmodernity; and Religion in America.

Courses taught: Psyche and the Sacred

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Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.

is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular fascination with how we construct, encounter, and understand the monstrous. More recently, Elizabeth has been able to bridge her professional experience in high-tech, background in literature, and expertise in depth psychology to teach courses in the profound impact of digital technology in contemporary life. Elizabeth is a lifelong athlete, a certified massage therapist, and an avid student of Tarot, Runes, and archetypal astrology. She is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publications, 2005, coauthored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche's Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). A professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.

Courses taught: Imagery in Somatic Studies I: The Technique of Active Imagination and the Practice of Dream Tending, Foundations of Research in Somatic Psychology, Our Monsters, Ourselves: Refiguring the Human Body as Vampire, Zombie, Creature, and Cyborg

-Psyche's Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power

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Adjunct Faculty

Dorothy Anderson, Ph.D.

Dorothy J. Anderson, Ph.D.

brings a Jungian perspective and experience as an artist to her teaching for the Marion Woodman Foundation, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Former assistant dean and professor at UCLA, she specialized in group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and leadership development. She directed the UCLA Senior Fellows Program and the Transition into Management Program for graduate students from minority groups. She leads Authentic Adult Woman workshops on spiritual and psychological growth, and creates art projects designed to open participants to the wisdom of the unconscious. She teaches in the LeadershipTraining Program of the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is also a Life Coach and a SoulCollage facilitator who carves wood and stone in her California studio.

Courses taught: Post-Jungian Psychology: Marion Woodman and the Embodied Psyche

Christine Caldwell

Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., LPC, BC-DMT,

is the founding chair of the Somatic Counseling Department at Naropa University and founder and director of the Moving Cycle Institute. She has authored two books (Getting Our Bodies Back and Getting In Touch), as well as numerous articles. She lectures and presents internationally.

Courses taught: Neuroscience and Somatic Depth Psychology II

Dara G. Ghahremani, Ph.D.

Dara G. Ghahremani, Ph.D.

is currently associate research faculty at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Laboratory for Molecular Neuroimaging and collaborates in the Consortium for Neuro Phenomics. Previously, Dara was a post-doctorate fellow in Russ Poldrack's Lab at UCLA. He received his PHD in the Neuroscience area of Psychology Department at Stanford.

Courses taught: Neuroscience and Somatic Depth Psychology

Gary Glickman, Ph.D.

Gary Glickman

holds a BA from Brown University, a counseling MA from Pacifica, a writing MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a PhD in somatic psychology from The Chicago School and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). He is a certified Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner, as well as a dance-movement facilitator, voice teacher, cellist, songwriter and novelist, and uses elements of all those studies in his private psychotherapy practice in Santa Monica, and in retreat settings on the Big Island of Hawaii. He has taught counseling skills on the faculties of SBGI and TCS, and creative writing skills on college faculties across the country, including the UCLA Writers Program. Twice the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, he is the author of Years From Now, Aura, and The Scrolls of Nef, as well as composer of an album of song-settings of Walt Whitman lyrics, Full of Life Now.

Courses taught: Trauma and Resilience, Fieldwork Advisor

Stephen Jones, Ph.D.

Stephen Jones, Ph.D.

Originally from the East Coast, Stephen Jones studied Psychology at Virginia Tech University. He earned his doctorate in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, completing his dissertation on the healing work of Sarah House, a residential hospice in Santa Barbara. According to Stephen, there is nothing as intimate as the space which death opens up in our lives. Beyond conventional medical care, he is committed to the experience of soul as an approach to death. Stephen currently works with Hospice of Santa Barbara as their Community Education Program Coordinator. He continues to live in Santa Barbara with his beloved wife and their dog.

Courses taught: Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, and Conscious Dying, Fieldwork Advisor

Alan Kilpatrick

Alan Kilpatrick, Ph.D.,

is an anthropologist who received his Ph.D. from UCLA where he was a stu-dent of archeologist Marija Gimbutas. As a scholar, he has won many academic awards such as a Bienecke Fellowship (Yale University), an Irvine Teaching Fellowship (Stanford University) and two Fulbrights. He is the author of The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery among the Western Cherokee and has conducted fieldwork on folk healing in Peru, Mexico, and Spain.

Courses taught: History of Healing Traditions II: Non-Western and Indigenous Healing Traditions

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Betsy Perluss

Betsy Perluss, Ph.D.

is a wilderness guide for the School of Lost Borders (, a training center for wilderness rites of passage located in Big Pine, CA. Betsy is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in a variety of clinical, educational, and outdoor settings. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate studies in marriage and family therapy.

Courses taught: Jungian Psychology, and Ecopsychology

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Lori Pye

Lori Pye, Ph.D.,

is 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 develop-ing 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.

Courses co-taught with Dr. Christine Downing: Human Sexuality

Jeanne M. Schul

Jeanne M. Schul, Ph.D., RSMT,

is a Dance Specialist at Berry College, as well as a choreographer for and Artistic Director of the Berry College Dance Troupe. She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA and a trainer for Eastwest Somatics Institute, where she became certified. She received her doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and earned a master's degree in Dance from Texas Woman's University. Jeanne has more than 30 years of experience making connections between soma, soul, and psyche in her teaching, choreography, and therapeutic work with dreams, dance, and yoga. In her private practice, she leads dream groups, Reiki and somatic movement therapy sessions, along with therapeuti​c yoga classes. Jeanne has numerous articles and national presentations that focus on the intersecti​on of dance and dreams, as well as the yogic chakra system and dance improvisation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastwest Somatics Network and held the position of the association's first president from 2005-2010. Dr. Schul received the 2010 New Mythos Award from the OPUS Archives and Research Center in Santa Barbara, CA to conduct dream-insp​ired scholarly research in a project focusing on the divine feminine. She received an International Immersion Grant to study Latin dance and culture in Costa Rica in 2012.

Courses taught: Imagery in Somatic Studies II: Embodied Dreamwork

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, BC-DTR,

is an analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, in private practice in San Francisco. Past co-founder and faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute, she teaches internationally, and at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and with Marion Woodman and her team in BodySoul Rhythms leadership trainings. With three decades of clinical experience and a background in dance and theater, her numerous articles and book chapters explore the integration of body, mind, psyche and soul in healing and transformation.

Courses taught: Alchemy, Post-Jungian Psychology: Marion Woodman and the Embodied Psyche

-Dr. Tina Stromsted, a scholar and practitioner integrating body, mind, & spirit

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Meg Wilbur, MFA, MA

Meg Wilbur, MFA, MA

is a Jungian Analyst with a practice in Cambria, CA. She is a founding member, previous vice president, and training faculty of the CG Jung Study Center of Southern California. She was a professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, directing plays and teaching acting and voice for the stage. She was faculty at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She taught with Marion Woodman and her BodySoul Rhythms® team. She is core faculty for the Marion Woodman Foundation, whose aim is to integrate psyche and soma through Jung's psychology, and Woodman's work on the embodied feminine. She leads Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal intensives for the MWF at Pacifica, and writes plays from fairy tales, as teaching stories for her workshops.

Courses taught: Post-Jungian Psychology: Marion Woodman and the Embodied Psyche

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