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Marilyn J. Owen

Marilyn J. Owen


  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute


  • L.M.F.T., CA

Marilyn has taught in the Counseling Psychology Program since 2012, and served on the Practicum team for one year. She co-created and primarily teaches Community Mental Health 1 and 2, and has also taught Geropsychology, Clinical Practice, and Professional Skills Development. In private practice since 2004, she integrates depth, creative process, and somatic approaches with clients and in her supervision groups.   Marilyn spent 15 years providing direct care, supervision, and training to staff serving children and families with severe mental illness in Pasadena. This experience gave her a deep understanding of how chronic early trauma and attachment wounding affects the body as well as the mind. This inspired her to pursue nonverbal and somatic approaches to psychotherapy, such as Sandplay, mindfulness, movement, and voice to increase awareness of the body and nonverbal processes. Her personal inner work was grounded in Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms, and she completed professional  training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Before entering psychology, Marilyn earned a B.A. in British Literature and Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton, where she taught Theatre courses for 9 years. Her creative work includes poetry, songwriting, and singing folk/Americana with her band. Personal interests that inform her academic and clinical work include Buddhism from the Shambhala tradition, Integral Philosophy, and Depth Astrology. She is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, and the American Association of University Professors.