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Marilyn J. Owen

Marilyn J. Owen


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


  • L.M.F.T., CA

Marilyn’s teaching at Pacifica has developed through 20+ years of clinical work, and her previous 20 years’ experience in the Humanities, including poetry, music, and theatre arts. Her therapeutic approach was shaped by 15 years in Community Mental Health and her continuing education in Depth Psychology, particularly in the work of Marion Woodman. Witnessing the profound effects of trauma on the psyche, and the limits of traditional talk therapy, Marilyn completed training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 2014, and EMDR training in 2019. She now integrates somatic interventions, as well as imaginal/creative process into her daily work with adults and couples in Santa Barbara. 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 Tibetan Buddhism, 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.