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Brian Stachowiak

Brian Stachowiak

Degrees

  • M.A., Counseling, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Brian is a member of Pacifica’s Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Psychology department. He is a native Angeleno, having grown-up as a gay man in the 1970s in an impoverished ghetto of suburban Los Angeles. Brian has been a gay grassroots-psychological activist for many years. His clinical focus is on the empowerment and cultivation of LGBT personhood that honors and values the social role and visionary aspects of the LGBT experience from an affirmative and psychodynamic Jungian orientation. Brian has a special interest in helping to develop a gay-affirmative myth and archetypal understanding of homosexuality. Brian received his clinical training from the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood, California, the nation’s largest facility providing services to LGBT people. He has extended his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and the Trauma Resource Institute, the latter of which he has also co-facilitated several training workshops to clinicians on the Trauma Resiliency Model. He is a graduate of a two-year intensive Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in West Los Angeles, where he also now teaches coursework and gives lectures on working with gay & lesbian persons from an affirmative psychoanalytic lens. Brian is a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Psychotherapy Affiliate Member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Brian holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language and literature from the University of California, Irvine.  His interests include gay-centered psychology and practice, social justice and archetypes that support and foster homosexual individuation.