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Michelle teaches, Child Psychotherapy, Human Growth and Development, Family Systems and Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment. She is a Certified HeartMath Practitioner, C.C.A.T.P-Ca Certified Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional and a Soul Collage ® Facilitator. Currently, she maintains a private practice and is a school counselor and is completing her first children’s book.


Judah Viola, PhD is a Community Psychologist and Associate professor of Psychology at National Louis University. His community research and advocacy interests involve neighborhood revitalization, disabilities, healthy food, and community police relations.


Joanna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles, and serves as Adjunct Faculty and Thesis Advisor in Pacifica’s M.A. Counseling Psychology department. Her research and clinical work focuses on the intersection of depth psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and neuroscience with culture and creative identity.


Kristi is a certified psychoanalyst and has been in full time practice for over 30 years. She is currently affiliated with Newport Psychoanalytic Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis as a training and supervising analyst, and is on the faculty at NPI. Kristi works from an object relations orientation with a deep appreciation for attachment and relational contributions.


Mary is chair of the Depth Psychology Program, Co-Chair of the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco- Psychologies Specialization (CLIE), and Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research in CLIE.


Roderick is a Professor of Psychology at City University of New York Graduate Center. He is trained in Critical Social/Personality Psychology.


Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in private practice, founder of the non-profit Mindful Heart Programs, and teacher of deep mindfulness and compassion practices and Buddhist psychology.


At age 19, Joel Weishaus was a Jr. Executive at a Madison Avenue agency specializing in movie advertising. He moved to San Francisco in 1964, and was a student in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Oriental Languages, and Literary Editor of the student newspaper. During the 1980s, living in Albuquerque NM, he was a photography critic for Artspace: A Quarterly of Contemporary Southwest Art. In 1985, he was an Adjunct Curator of Video Art at the University of New Mexico’s Museum of Fine Arts, and a Writer-in-Residence at UNM’s Center for Soutwest Research. He has been Visiting Faculty at Portland State University, and a Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Weishaus’ Complete Poems, While I was Waiting For You, was published as an ebook in 2021.


Gary is originally from Philadelphia, Gary has been in Santa Barbara for 30 years, coming here for an internship and choosing to remain in California. Gary has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has worked with emotionally disturbed teens, developmentally disabled and autistic young adults, offenders and survivors of sexual violence and general sexual issues, including issues of sexual identity, oppression, homophobia and heterosexism.


Dr. Witt has had a broad and extensive training and career in clinical psychology, with a practice in Santa Barbara devoted to work with children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, medical, or neurological concerns. Areas of specialty include both neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, as well as psychotherapy and behavioral interventions. His training included a clinical psychology PHD from the New School for Social Research in New York City then completed an internship and fellowship at St. Vincent's Hospital of New York, and a behavioral medicine and neuropsychology residency at Miami Children's Hospital.


Michele serves as Director of Clinical Training and Adjunct Faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program. She teaches Clinical Practice, Group Process and Substance Use Disorders. Michele received her degree from Pacifica in 2006 after a thoroughly different career in finance. She went on to work extensively with clients with substance abuse and/or considerable mental health problems. In her agency work, Michele worked for a number of years as a case manager at a substance abuse treatment program, managed a dual diagnosis program and supervised MFT and LPCC interns. Michele also has a small local private practice, where she sees patients with issues such as insomnia, addiction, codependency and trauma.


Mary Antonia Wood is Chair of the M.A. in Depth Psychology and Creativity with Emphasis in the Arts and Humanities program, and the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Through one-on-one consultations, group workshops and classes, Wood assists creative individuals who desire a stronger and more authentic connection to the deepest archetypal sources of creativity. Wood has been a visual artist for over thirty years, working in a variety of media. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been collected by both public institutions and individuals.


Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies, PhD is a scholar-practitioner of Africana Religions, specializing in the Ifa-Orisa tradition as practiced in Nigeria and among African Americans in the US. She is the founding director of the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association and founding dean of Ase Ire Communiversity, an independent Africana Studies Institute.


Jonathan played an important role in Pacifica's formative years, including serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell archive and James Hillman and Marija Gimbutas collections. He also created and chaired the Mythological Studies program. More recently, he's been lecturing in academic settings such as Oxford, Notre Dame, and the UCLA School of Medicine.


Willow Young is an IAAP Certified Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Santa Barbara and Ventura CA. She is a training analyst at the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California and serves as an analytic supervisor.


Nicole has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2007 with an emphasis in the areas of eating disorders and body image issues. She also has extensive experience in the treatment of addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Nicole is a graduate of UCLA and obtained her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara.


Steve is a Jungian psychoanalsyt practicing in San Francisco and Berkeley since 1984, working with adults, couples, children and adolescents. Concurrent with his clinical practice he has taught at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley and the Child and Adolescent Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.


Susy Zepeda, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies department at the University of California, Davis (Patwin land). Her scholarly work is intentionally transdisciplinary, decolonial, and feminist in a community-centered and grounded way. Susy’s research and teaching focus on: Xicana Indígena spirit work, decolonization, critical feminist of color collaborative methodologies, oral and visual storytelling, and intergenerational healing. She established two courses at UCD, Decolonizing Spirit and Food Justice.