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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.

Dara is currently associate research faculty at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Laboratory for Molecular Neuroimaging and collaborates in the Consortium for Neuro Phenomics. Previously, Dara was a post-doctorate fellow in Russ Poldrack's Lab at UCLA. He received his PHD in the Neuroscience area of Psychology Department at Stanford.

Azarm is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business administration. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Caprinteria, California, and has conducted many professional training workshops.

Gary holds a BA from Brown University, a counseling MA from Pacifica, a writing MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a PhD in somatic psychology from The Chicago School and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI).

Elisabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in the mental health and spiritual counseling fields for over 20 years.  The early years of her career were spent working primarily with adolescents at an emotional growth boarding school.

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.

Dr Guy practices as a psychiatrist in Ventura. She attended UCLA for undergrad and then went to UCSD School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of WA and then returned to UCLA for a neurology fellowship in neurobehavior and dementia.

Maren is founder, and Ex-Officio Board of Trustees member. She is also a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the psychological dimension of myth, female psychology and spirituality, ritual, and depth psychological models of leadership. Dr. Hansen is a founding board member of the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She studied with Joseph Campbell for years and teaches a course on Joseph Campbell.

Kim teaches creative process and psychology courses at Meridian University, the Sophia Center at Holy Names University and the Esalen Institute. She is the author of Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination for Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Mentors (2009) and Sky's the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2006.

Dylan is adjunct faculty in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies (DJA) specialization of the Depth Psychology M.A./ Ph.D. program. He studied philosophy as an undergraduate, furthering his liberal arts education at Georgetown University.

James was born in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated with an A.B. from Manchester College in 1962 and with a Ph.D. from Drew University in 1967. He taught the Humanities 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82).

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. Outside of the therapeutic container, Taryn can be found cycling, running, surfing, hiking, or pursuing a number of other outdoor activities.

Gioia serves as the Director of Research in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica in addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty, and the Research Associate for Track C. 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.

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.

Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD has dedicated his life to sharing the powerful holistic healing traditions of China. Author of The Healer Within and Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), Dr. Jahnke has been a practitioner of these techniques for over four decades and is renowned for the clarity, compassion, humor and depth of his teaching style.