Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Psychotherapy


This doctoral specialization is designed to deepen and energize each student's psychotherapeutic practice, as well as their own individuation work, so they can address a wide range of contemporary personal, social, and cultural issues.

Pacifica's Depth Psychotherapy Specialization is currently accepting applications for Fall, 2016.

Pacifica's Psychotherapy Degree

Pacifica's Depth Psychotherapy Specialization offers students the opportunity to engage in exciting conversations taking place in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy and gain clarity about their own unique psychotherapeutic approach. Depth Psychotherapy is based upon the premise that becoming an excellent clinician is a life-long process of personal and professional transformation embodying C.G. Jung's process of individuation.

At its heart, there lies an intrinsic connection to the collective psyche that crosses the boundaries of time and culture.

Each student develops the critical insights and skills of an advanced 21st century clinician-scholar, guided by experts rooted in the rich traditions of Jungian, archetypal, and psychoanalytic psychologies. Clinical acumen is enhanced through a series of seminars, colloquia, and case consultations that challenge the heart, mind, and soul, in addition to direct engagement with interdisciplinary studies such as myth, literature, philosophy, music, culture, nature, and contemporary sciences like complexity theory and neurobiology.

Courses are offered in three areas:
- Theory and Traditions of Depth Psychotherapy
- Psychotherapy Informed by the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
- Integrated Praxis: Research and Casework

Alumnus of Pacifica's Depth Psychotherapy Program

The curriculum cultivates the intellectual and imaginal capacities to address a wide range of personal, social, and cultural challenges that are emerging in our complex world. Students also learn to sustain a profound reciprocal relationship with unconscious processes and deepen their ability to share nuanced emotional connections with others. Graduates are often drawn to work as clinical supervisors and to teach in college and university settings.

The Depth Psychotherapy Specialization is designed for students who have completed sufficient coursework for licensing at the master's level. This theoretical foundation allows for an emphasis on experiential, psyche-centered learning, particularly in the clinical case presentations, supervision courses, and research sequence. In addition to faculty mentoring, students are supported by the mutual respect, diversity, and collegiality of their cohort.

Students in the Ph.D. Depth Psychotherapy Specialization:

  1. Nurture their unique talents as psychotherapists by reimagining the practice of psychotherapy for the 21st century.

  2. Deepen their understanding of the archetypal dimensions of human experience as applied to clinical practice and independent scholarly research.

  3. Learn to integrate differing clinical approaches and develop a style of practice in keeping with their temperament and personal psychodynamics.

  4. Develop the full range of their natural therapeutic ability through a rich curriculum integrating Jungian and post-Jungian psychology with contemporary psychoanalytic theory.

  5. Cultivate greater awareness of the presence of the Self in the therapeutic situation and learn to work with dreams and other manifestations of unconscious process.

For information regarding Pacifica's Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Specialization in Psychotherapy program, please contact Alyson Alexander M.A., Senior Admissions Counselor, at 805.969.3626 ext. 305, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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