Specialization Summary: Ph.D. in Depth Psychology Specialization in Psychotherapy


The ever deeper descent into the unconscious suddenly becomes illumination from above. C.G. Jung, vol. 16, p. 281

Depth Psychotherapy (DPP) seeks to develop the full range of each student's natural therapeutic ability through a rich curriculum integrating Jungian, post-Jungian, and archetypal psychology with the best of contemporary psychoanalytic theory that includes relational and somatic approaches. Students develop greater awareness of the presence of the Self in their personal lives, in their clinical work, and in depth psychological scholarship.

The program begins with introductory courses in Jungian, archetypal, and relational psychotherapy co-taught by psychoanalytic and Jungian analysts. DPP's small-group case consultation courses extend this theoretical base to show students how to integrate differing clinical approaches and to develop a style of practice that is most in keeping with their temperament. To appreciate the intellectual lineage of depth psychotherapy, students are grounded in the historical, philosophical, mythological, literary, and spiritual traditions of our discipline. Thoughtful and provocative courses explore the mythopoetic basis of mind, western and indigenous healing traditions, and probe the importance of ecological approaches to psychological healing. As students progress through the curriculum, these themes are repeated with increasing levels of sophistication and depth.

The curriculum demonstrates the unique vocation of depth psychological inquiry that is centered on the continuously creative psyche while guiding students toward a dissertation topic that is culturally relevant and personally meaningful. The doctoral research emerging from Depth Psychotherapy frequently extends beyond the clinical setting to timely social, political, economic, and ecological issues.

Our model of pedagogy stresses mentorship, and we pay careful attention to the individuation process of each student. We are committed to fostering an atmosphere of collegiality, openness to the psyche, and mutual respect, stressing the importance of diversity and taking into account the initiatory aspects of graduate study. We utilize a cohort system designed to develop safety so that psychological material can be deeply experienced and explored. Through this transformational educational process, each student integrates the learning of the program into a personal synthesis that is honed through inner reflection and in dialog with faculty and fellow students. Our graduates become educators in the original and broad sense of this word: to lead others into a more deeply caring relationship with the anima mundi

Classes are taught by our core faculty, Lionel Corbett, Elizabeth Nelson, and Allen Bishop, and by many distinguished supporting Pacifica faculty, including Christine Downing, Robert Romanyshyn, Ginette Paris, Veronica Goodchild, Tom Elsner, Dennis Slattery, Avedis Panajian, and Allen Koehn, as well as by prominent scholars such as Jungian analysts Jim Hollis, Joan Chodorow, Joe Cambray, and Beverly Zabriskie. Summer guest speakers have included Alan Schore, Robert Stolorow, and Rick Tarnas.

Students completing this program will find their clinical practice and their own personal growth deepened and energized. Graduates are often drawn to work as clinical supervisors and to teach in college and university settings, opportunities that complement their commitment to personal individuation and psychotherapeutic work.

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