- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Celeste is currently a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in South Los Angeles, serving a diverse community. Before retiring from 26 years of county service in 2018, she worked for the Department of Mental Health in their Juvenile Justice Mental Health program, and before that as the clinical director of the county’s substance treatment center in Acton. She also has prior experience working in the private sector in substance treatment. Her prior career of 18 1/2 years in law enforcement with the county of Los Angeles, speaks to the diversity of her experience and growth towards public service, with understanding how people get to where they are. Her interests and training encompass trauma, complex trauma (attachment deficits), intergenerational trauma and cultural complexes. Her work is an interweaving of Depth (Jungian) and somatic psychotherapy (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner; NeuroAffective Touch). Her volunteer work has been serving as the chairperson of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program; providing clinical supervision to doctoral students from various schools (earning hours at Peace Over Violence and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation). When she is not working in her private practice, or not in analytic training at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, she enjoys hiking with her husband, and their dog in the foothills of Los Angeles, and native plant gardening.