Ph.D. in Depth Psychology Emphasis in Psychotherapy

Program Chair & Faculty

psychotherapy classroomThe Faculty members of Pacifica's doctoral program in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Psychotherapy bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom.

As leaders in the fields, the members of Pacifica's faculty include authors of international acclaim, renowned lecturers, psychoanalysts, practicing psychologists, active psychotherapists, registered nurses, theologians, and philosophers.

All faculty members share a passion for education and are dedicated to working with adult learners. To learn more about the faculty in the Psychotherapy program, read the individual descriptions below.

Faculty Chair

Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, PhD has been teaching in Depth Psychotherapy since its inception in 2006, acting as Research Coordinator during that time. She is Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica, where her expertise in scholarly writing and research is the foundation for a broad range of courses she offers in research process, methodology, and dissertation development. She also teaches courses in embodied dream work, imagery, and cultural studies, blending her professional experience as a consultant in high technology with an interest in the Gothic to formulate a course on digital life and the cyborg. Dr. Nelson’s 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 evil and the monstrous. 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 and has helped doctoral graduates transform their dissertations into mainstream books.

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Psychotherapy Program Core Faculty

Lionel Corbett

Lionel Corbett received his Medical Degree from the University of Manchester, England, in 1966; served as a military physician; and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1974. In the USA, he did fundamental research into the biochemistry of the brain; began one of the first programs in the psychology of aging; was a hospital medical director of in-patient psychiatry; trained as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago 1978-1986; helped found a training program for Jungian analysts in Santa Fe, while carrying on a private practice and teaching psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Corbett has studied various spiritual disciplines including Christian and Jewish mysticism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, and Yoga and has had a personal meditation practice for 20 years. He now teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program, a highly successful series in its 5th year that integrates spirituality with depth psychology. This program has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, avoiding all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of 5 books, several training films, and about 40 professional articles.

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Emeritus Faculty

Allen Bishop, Ph.D. Chair, Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Psychotherapy
Allen Bishop, Ph.D., Dr. Bishop is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified psychoanalyst, and performing concert pianist. Dr. Bishop  served for 10 years as Chair of the Clinical Psychology program. In conjunction with chairing the Psychotherapy program, Dr. Bishop is the former WASC Liaison Officer for Pacifica. He has been a leader in the Santa Barbara psychoanalytic community for over 31 years and is a training and a fomrer supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. He also consults at the Reiss-Davis Child Studies Center in Los Angeles. His research interests include interdisciplinary studies and the impact of music on human behavior.

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Robert Romanyshyn

Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D.,received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1970. Dr. Romanyshyn is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in depth psychology. Dr. Romanyshyn has published six books, the most recent being The Wounded Researcher (2007). He has contributed 25 chapters in edited volumes of books and written 32 journal articles related to the study of depth psychology. He has presented over 150 papers at international and national conferences and professional groups, and has lectured and given workshops at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where in February 2006 he gave the keynote address to the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

In 2002 he was the first non-analyst to be made an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for his scholarly contributions to Jungian psychology. He is also a member of the International Association for Jungian Studies and serves on the journal's editorial board, and is a Fellow at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. His research interests include the cultural-historical and philosophical assumptions in psychological praxis, research and theory.

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Pacifica Core Faculty Teaching in Psychotherapy Program

Joseph Coppin
Dr. Joseph Coppin 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.

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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.

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Veronica Goodchild
Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D., has been a student of C. G. Jung's for over 30 years. She has practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist during this time. She has trained at the Jungian Institutes of New York and Los Angeles and is a member of the Research and Training Center for Depth Psychology According to C. G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland.

Dr. Goodchild has published one book, Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love (2001, 2008), and has recently completed two other books, The Songlines of the Soul: A New Vision for a New Century(Foreword by Thomas Moore), and The Songlines of the Soul: Mystical Cities and Healing Sanctuaries. Her introduction to an edited volume on the Gnostic Mary Magdalene for a book titled Mary of Magdala will appear this year in the journal Spring. Her current research interests are focused on Jung's later works and their intersection with the new emerging sciences such as quantum theory and consciousness.

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Allen Koehn
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.

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Avedis Panajian
Avedis Panajian, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a certified psychoanalyst, researcher, senior lecturer, and licensed psychologist in California. He has served as a board member of the Western Regional Board for Diplomates in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has chaired Diplomate examinations and served as a licensure examiner for many years for the California Board of Psychology. He has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the California Board of Psychology.

Dr. Panajian is also a supervising and training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the New Port Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr.Panajian's research interests include infantile development, trauma, and the treatment of severe emotional disorders.

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Evans Lansing Smith
Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D. has degrees from Williams College, Antioch International, and The Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology, and has taught at colleges in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California. In the late 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on study tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya, with a focus on the Arthurian Romances of the Middle Ages and the Mythologies of the Ancient World. He has published nine books and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology. His books include:Rape and Revelation: The Descent to the Underworld in Modernism; The Descent to the Underworld in Literature, Painting, and Film: 1850-1950: The Modernist Nekyia; The Myth of the Descent to the Underworld in Postmodern Literature; Ricorso and Revelation: An Archetypal Poetics of Modernism; Figuring Poesis: A Mythical Geometry of Postmodernism; The Hero Journey in Literature; World Mythology: The Complete Idiots Guide; Sacred Mysteries: Myths About Couples in Quest; and Postmodern Magus: Myth and Poetics in the Works of James Merrill. His areas of emphasis include: Myth in Literature from Antiquity to Postmodernism; Arthurian Romances, and The Hermetic Tradition.

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Adjunct Faculty

Joseph Cambray
Joseph Cambray is President of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and the former US Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry Department, and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His publications include the book of his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, and a co-edited book Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology as well as numerous articles. Joe is a Jungian analyst with practices in Boston and Providence, RI.

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Claudia Degrati
Claudia Degrati, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in California. Dr. Degrati perfoms thorough and comprehensive psychological evaluations, conducts psycho-social mitigation investigations and provides consultation services to attorneys in capital and non-capital cases in state and federal courts, at trial, sentencing, appellate and habeas levels. Her clinical experience includes providing psychotherapy to victims of crime for treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship problems, post-traumatic stress and domestic violence, as well as sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Because of this background, Dr. Degrati has a special sensibility to the impact of trauma. She has been trained as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Liaison and as a Victim/Offender Dialogue Facilitator in crimes of severe violence. She provides victim outreach services, acting as a vital link between defense teams and victims or victims' families. Her professional interests and expertise focus primarily on trauma and issues faced by immigrants, particularly Latinos. An immigrant herself, Dr. Degrati is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and able to provide services in both languages. Her awareness of different cultures and cultural competence with regard to Latinos help her identify and explain the complex constellation of interacting factors that shape people's lives. Current training in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) adds a new dimension to Dr. Degrati's work.
Mike Denney
Dr. Mike Denney completed medical school and interneship in 1959 at the University of Michigan. He went on to serve NATO, establishing a medical service in Germany, Italy, and Turkey for American civilians who were building medium missile bases during the Cold War. He completed his surgical residency, was board-certified in surgery, and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1967. In 1997 he returned to graduate school at Pacifica Graduate Institute and earned his PhD in depth psycology in 2001. He is the Author of Second Opinion (Grosset and Dunlap, 1979), and many articles in medical journals and popular magazines. He currently practices, teaches, and writes about the union of science and spirituality in the healing arts. He was Editor of San Francisco Medicine, the Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society from 2006 to 2010.

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Helen Desmond
Helen Desmond, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is in private practice in West Los Angeles. Dr. Desmond is a Past-President of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (now the New Center); has been on the adjunct faculty of UCLA, the Wright Postgraduate Institute and has taught both in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy and full clinical training in psychoanalysis programs at the New Center. She was one of the four named plaintiffs in the Psychology anti-trust suit against the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, et al, which resulted in psychologists being accepted for full training in the American Psychoanalytic Association institutes.

Research interests: Psychological issues of death and dying, especially the psychological impact of childhood terminal illness upon the rest of the family; therapeutic alliance, and therapy process.

Alan Kilpatrick

Alan Kilpatrick is an anthropologist who received his Ph.D. from UCLA where he was a student 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.

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Christine Lewis

Christine Lewis is an APA licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Dr. Lewis has taught at Pacifica in various programs since 1996 and has also been affiliated with UCSB as adjunct faculty as well as a member of The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and The Mind and Literature Program at UCSB. Dr.Lewis' research interests include interdisciplinary studies of psychoanalysis and literature, and Buddhism , spiritual practice and psychoanalytic concepts. A book on Christmas in Santa Barbara, coming out in 2012, explores the multi-cultural and historical origins of contemporary holiday rituals and celebrations.

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Mark Montijo

Mark Montijo 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."

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Sabine Oishi
Sabine Oishi, PhD, MSPH is currently a health services researcher with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System, and she has participated in numerous qualitative and quantitative research projects at the VA and UCLA. She has a master's background in Public Health Epidemiology, a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica, and a strong interest in depth psychological research methods and writing. Her personal research interests include archetypal inquiry into the collective images of cultural trauma, particularly in relationship to war and genocide, with a recent focus on issues of military and gender culture in healthcare delivery for women Veterans.
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.

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Karey Pohn, J.D., Ph.D.
Karey Pohn, J.D., Ph.D. is a neuroscience-based executive coach and consultant. She is a certified archetypal pattern analyst and the author ofAnnie Sullivan and the Creation of Consciousness. Karey also serves on the board of The Association of Holotropic Breathwork. Karey's legal background and research skills combined with her knowledge about play and the brain have helped her to bring "an element of fun" to courses on Dissertation Development and Qualitative Research Methods in Pacifica's Clinical and Depth Psychotherapy programs since 2008. She is also an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Los Angeles and a dissertation coach. Karey is currently working on a book with Dr. Stuart Brown entitled Play for a Change on the importance of play from both scientific and archetypal perspectives, and also a volume of depth psychological essays, coming out in Spring 2014, which explores various depth psychological themes as they play out in popular culture. Karey's research interests include play and creativity, neuroscience and the new sciences, archetypal psychology and interdisciplinary studies--especially popular culture.
Doug Thomas, Ph.D.

Doug Thomas received his training through the USC School of Social Work and Pacifica. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in a wide variety of settings with people at all stages of life. He has cared for people with conditions such as depression, anxiety, various forms of addiction, and the emotional challenges of terminal illness.

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Dr. Kristi Walsh
Dr. Kristi Walsh is a certified psychoanalyst and has been in full time practice for over 30 years. She is currently affiliated with Newport Psychoanalytic Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis as a training and supervising analyst, and is on the faculty at NPI. Kristi works from an object relations orientation with a deep appreciation for attachment and relational contributions. Her research on the mind/body connection attunes her to the particular ways in which the body holds the overflow of emotional overwhelm in the form of psychosomatic symptoms. Kristi sees the clinical relationship a sacred space where somatic encapsulaton, as well as other experiences of early trauma and deprivation can be revisited, enacted, and worked through. Areas of Emphasis: Depth Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic process, Attachment trauma, Primitive Mental States, Personality Disorders, Interspirituality, Dream work
Robin Wynslow is a Certified Jungian Analyst in private practice in Pasadena. She is a past Clinic Director of Coldwater Counseling and later served as both Executive Director and President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Robin continues to serve on the faculty of the Institute's analyst training program.