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Evan is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and professor. He is widely considered a leader in behavioral healthcare, having pioneered a soul-centered approach to treatment which values the wisdom of the unconscious mind in overcoming addiction. He has helped hundreds of men and women throughout the U.S. recover from drug and alcohol dependency. Evan holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a registered addiction specialist.

Kathee serves as Associate Core Faculty and has been a soul-centered depth psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara since 1980, integrating Jungian/ Archetypal psychology, Hakomi Somatic Therapy, self psychology, trauma work, eco-psychology, contemplative practices, and the creative arts. She came into the field via the twin doors of visual art and dance, and likes to work on the edges where psyche rises up from the margins.

Angie is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Association of University Professors, and the Representative for Pacifica Graduate Institute to the California MFT Stipend Consortium, Los Angeles County and Central Coast Regions.

Mark was first licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor where he worked in partnership with Native American healers using traditional healing techniques. He then became licensed in California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and divided his practice between Beverly Hills and Santa Fe. Mark graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006 and began teaching that same year.

Brenda Murrow is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica. Brenda's passions include animals, animal-assisted therapy, play therapy, and research methods. She is enthusiastic about supporting students both in the classroom, and through sharing her clinical experiences when they support students in exploring their own clinical interests.

Elizabeth has been a member of the faculty since 2003, and has served as Dissertation Office Director, Dissertation Policy Director, and currently chairs the Graduate Research Council. She specializes in scholarly writing, research process and strategy, methodology, and dissertation development and also teaches courses in dream, imagery, technology, and cultural studies.

David M. Odorisio, PhD, serves as Director of The Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, and is Associate Core Faculty in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies graduate degree program. David received his PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches in the areas of methodology, psychology and religion, and Christian mysticism.

Sabine is currently a health services researcher with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System, and she has participated in numerous qualitative and quantitative research projects at the VA and UCLA. She has a master's background in Public Health Epidemiology, a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica, and a strong interest in depth psychological research methods and writing.

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. 

Avedis is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a certified psychoanalyst, researcher, senior lecturer, and licensed psychologist in California. He has served as a board member of the Western Regional Board for Diplomates in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has chaired Diplomate examinations and served as a licensure examiner for many years for the California Board of Psychology.

Tina is a core faculty member and research coordinator in the Counseling Psychology program and associate faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program. As a licensed psychologist, she has a part-time private practice in Santa Barbara where she works with adults and adolescents suffering from the aftermath of trauma, mood difficulties involved with depression and chronic illness, addiction, sexuality/sexual identity concerns related to LGBTQ populations, as well as first generation college/graduate students.

Ginette is a psychologist, therapist and author of many books, including Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology after Neuroscience (Routledge 2007). She is now Faculty Emeritus and was trained as a psychologist in Montréal, Canada where she was a tenured professor in the Department of Communication of the U. of Québec in Montréal for 15 years. In 1995 she became a permanent US resident and a core faculty at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

Ifat is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Egala certified equine assisted therapist working in private practice in the Los Angeles area, California. Dr. Peled served as adjunct faculty at Burlington College, Vermont, where she taught Human Development, Adolescence Development and Psychopathology from a depth perspective, and at the psychology department at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. She helped developing a psychology course for the Studio School for film and the performing arts. She is currently teaching in the M.A. Counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Elizabeth is a depth psychotherapist (MFT, LPCC) and a guide and trainer of vision fasts and wilderness rites of passage. She is a core staff and advisory member of the School of Lost Borders, an international training center for wilderness rites of passage and nature-based therapeutic practices. Her scholarly interests focus on depth-ecopsycology, Jungian psychology, ecospirituality, and the inextricable relationship between psyche and nature, of which she has published in a variety of journals.

Chris is a diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners; Certificate from National Board of Addiction Examiners; Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Daniel Joseph Polikoff is a poet, translator, and internationally known Rilke scholar. In addition to his book on Rilke and archetypal psychology (In the Image of Orpheus: Rilke—A Soul History), he has published two books of poetry, a translation of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus and a creative non-fiction work chronicling his linked relationships with Rilke and anti-death penalty work, Rue Rilke.

Lori is President, Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychlogy. Dr. Pye comes from a background in education, health, and environmental and marine conserva-tion. She holds a doctorate in cultural mythology and depth psychology, and is a leader in developing the field of ecopsychology.

David is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and a Visiting Professor at United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He researches and thinks about the moral dimensions of violence and trauma against vulnerable populations in the U.S., as well as envisioning a world with reduced violence on all levels

Dr. Rajan has spent over 20 years working with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of physical, sexual, and psychological trauma, in diverse cultural and socio-economic communities in California. She is an internationally published author and has written and spoken worldwide on the topics including human trafficking, modern day sexual slavery, issues impacting immigrant populations, intersectionality and identity, postcoloniality, diaspora, and the marginalized feminine.

Crystal Ramirez, Ph.D., MFT is the Clinical Director at New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, CA. New Beginnings Counseling Center (NBCC) is a nonprofit mental health center that provides psychological counseling and supportive services to low-income families and individuals in the Santa Barbara community. Her work strives to provide low barrier services to clients experiencing a range of mental health, substance use, and social economic concerns.