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Sukey has been on the faculty of Pacifica since 2000 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices Jungian-based psychotherapy in her private practice in Santa Barbara. She brings her creative background in film and writing to her current work as an educator at Pacifica.

Cynthia is a passionate proponent in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy. As a young adult, Cindy was introduced to Jungian Analysis, which led her to her passion for Alchemy, Fairytales, dreams, and copper etching.

Nancy received her doctoral degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her M.S. in Educational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has been an educational and business consultant, college professor, guest lecturer, and public workshop leader. Her publications include Tending the Living Dream Image, A Phenomenological Study.

Elisabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health and spiritual counseling fields for over 20 years and currently in private practice in Santa Barbara. She has expertise in working with adolescents and young adults which includes college-based counseling, private practice, wilderness based programs, emotional growth boarding schools and psychiatric hospital settings. She is experienced in acute psychiatric care and crisis management fostered by collaborative work in psychiatric care institutions.

Veronica is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she was a Core Faculty member for over 15 years. She taught courses on Jungian and Imaginal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dreamwork, Alchemy, The Grail Myth, Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics, Depth Psychology and the Sacred, Clinical Case Colloquia, and ‘Alchemical’ Research that includes unconscious processes, active imagination, and dreams.

Matthew is Director of Workforce Economic Development and Community Programs at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. In this position he has led the development of academic and social programs that serve the diversity of the community, including limited-English speakers, inmates at the local prison and jail, foster youth and other youth with barriers, students with mental health challenges, adults with disabilities, as well as older adults.

Christina R. Griffin, Ph.D., Psy.D. , is a Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist practicing in Southern California. She has been a Board Member of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) and Co-chair of the History of Psychoanalysis Committee.

Gary is a Emeritus faculty member, he was the Director of Research and Research Coordinator for the Clinical Psychology program, and is an author, lecturer, researcher, and a practicing clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. Dr. Groth-Marnat is a leading expert in the field of psychological assessment. His textbooks are used throughout the United States and abroad in psychological assessment and testing courses.

Maren Hansen holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Master of Divinity degree, and is a licensed MFT. Hansen is a founding member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the depth psychological approach to myth, female psychology and spirituality, ritual, and depth psychological models of leadership. Hansen was a board member of the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She studied with Joseph Campbell for years and has taught several courses on Joseph Campbell’s work. She is author of the books Mother Mysteries and Teachers of Myth. Hansen researched, designed, and tested a myth curriculum for adolescents, designed to stimulate psychological development.

Ben Heilveil is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in Philosophy and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a psychotherapist Ben has worked in a number of settings including a juvenile detention facility, teen mindfulness meditation retreats, adult substance use treatment, residential treatment for high acuity adolescents, and private practice.

 Kim Hermanson, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and shamanic catalyst. She was initiated to the shamanic path in her 20s when she was critically injured in a head-on collision on the highway and accessed otherworldly energies to heal her body. Kim is adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has served as both core and adjunct faculty at Meridian University, Sophia Center at Holy Names University, University of California Berkeley Extension, Sofia University, and the Esalen Institute.

Dylan Hoffman studied liberal arts at Georgetown University and psychology at Adelphi University before completing his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute—concentrating in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. His work focuses on C. G. Jung’s theory of archetypes—on archetypes as the deepest nature of the psyche and how they interconnect spirit, psyche, and matter as numinous and mythic powers that animate, govern, and structure the cosmos as a whole. Dylan grounds his work in indigenous/shamanic perspectives and practices that provide a primordial, holistic, and sacred worldview within which to understand the archetypal psyche, to embody its wholeness individually, and to serve it culturally through creative imagination.

In addition to her role as Adjunct Faculty, Taryn also serves as a Clinical Practicum Associate II in the MA Counseling Program. A Pacifica alumnus, Taryn has a private practice in which she sees children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting issues. Her experience comprises administering cognitive psychology experiments, volunteering on a suicide and crisis hotline, and working as a school-based counselor. An avid traveler, Taryn has lived abroad on multiple occasions volunteering and working with youth, most recently at The American School in Switzerland. Outside of the therapeutic container, Taryn can be found cycling, running, surfing, or pursuing other outdoor activities.

David Anderson Hooker is the Founder and Principle Narrator for CounterStories Consulting, llc. CounterStories engages as a conversation and visioning partner with international, national and local civil society organizations and religious groups to craft narratives of their preferred futures and align organizational structures and internal practices in furtherance of their constructed narratives.

Shannon is a LMFT, RN, and alumna of Pacifica working in private practice in Los Angeles, California. After many years working as a critical care RN, she saw how the mind-body connection contributes to the disease process and decided to pursue a career in psychotherapy. She utilizes a holistic approach incorporating body based practices, spirituality, meditation, psychoanalysis and attachment theory. She specializes in complex trauma, anxiety and depression and is trained in EMDR.

Dr. Jacob is the Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD Counseling Psychology Program. He teaches courses at Pacifica as well and has a passion for quality instruction. He developed this passion for education while at UC Berkeley for his undergraduate degree in German. There Dr. Jacob was trained and employed by UCB as a tutor, after which he spent a decade tutoring students in math, English, Latin, and German. He also has experience preparing students for the SAT and GRE.

Gioia Jacobson is a licensed marriage and family therapist and serves as Core Faculty and the MA Director of Research in the Counseling Department. Gioia received undergraduate degrees from Pitzer College in Psychology as well as English and World Literature: Creative Writing. Prior to completing her graduate work, Gioia studied holistic medicine for three years and obtained certification as a yoga instructor. Her current research focuses on ecopsychology as it relates to clinical practice.

Geoffrey is a poet, essayist, editor, and critic whose essays on literature, the visual arts, and other subjects have appeared in the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, ArtForum, American Literature, Cineaste, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, and elsewhere. His research explores poetics, modernist literature, African Americans and the visual arts, and the nuts and bolts of creativity.

Susan James is member of the core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and co-chair of the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. program in Depth Psychology. Her work has focused on structural violence, transnational African spiritualities as resistance and innovation, visual design methodologies and research communication strategies. Her journal publications include American Journal of Community Psychology, Violence Against Women, and Women and Therapy.

Camille Jarmie Harris, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, as well as Core Faculty and Associate Chair in the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica in 2018 following a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling specializing in counseling with children and adolescents in 2011. Her clinical areas of expertise focus on supporting birthing families during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum periods, as well as early attachment, work with children and adolescents, and animal-assisted therapy through a depth orientation.