- M.A., Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
- L.M.F.T., CA
Marie Espy is Adjunct Faculty and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Pacifica in the MA Counseling Psychology Department.
She has been practicing as a therapist since 2012, graduating with her masters in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2014. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA, where she helps to foster healthy attachment relationships with her clients by using both art and time in nature as tools. Her published thesis, The Crisis of Symbolism in Contemporary America, discusses how modern advertising has confused the innate human capacity to use art and symbols to heal.
She studied at the Jung Institute Los Angeles, where she further increased her knowledge of art and symbolism.
Marie has been a therapist for 7 years, some of which include: in-patient treatment at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish inpatient rehabilitation center in Culver City where she practiced using a Jungian modality; Early Childhood Development Association, where she increased her knowledge of child development and symbolic play; Home-care and training with Spectrum Disorders; and Los Angeles pre-schools where she has been a play interventionist. She approaches therapy with a very real, humanistic, connection-infused perspective. She believes that this human-work we are here to do cannot be done without humility, humus (dirt), or humor. She has a deep connection to the earth; to paying attention to the things and moments that others have forgotten, refuse, and what is cast-away.