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Glen studied psychology and comparative religion at The University of Sydney before coming to the United States in 1992 for doctoral work in clinical psychology. He has been teaching at Pacifica for over twenty years and is currently the Associate Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization. He also teaches in the Mythological Studies program.

Dennis is a core faculty member who helped shape the development of the Mythological Studies program. He has been teaching for 44 years from elementary to secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs. He has received the prominent rank of Distinguished Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Evans has degrees from Williams College, Antioch International, and The Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology, and has taught at colleges in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht.

Dr. Katherine Smith came to the field of clinical psychology after working as a Human Resources consultant in healthcare and tech start-ups. After a period of self-exploration, she enrolled in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she specialized in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. She then pursued a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation was an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the clinician experience of treating suicidal patients and she continues to specialize in working with people who suffer from suicidal ideation and chronic depression.

Paul W. Speer, Ph.D. is a Professor at Vanderbilt University. His research is in the area of community organizing, participation, social power and community change.

Brian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a member of Pacifica’s Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Psychology department. He is a native Angeleno, having grown-up as a gay man in the 1970s in an impoverished ghetto of suburban Los Angeles. Brian has been a gay grassroots-psychological activist for many years. His clinical focus is on the empowerment and cultivation of LGBTQ+ personhood that honors and values the vitality, social role and visionary aspects of the LGBTQ+ experience from an affirmative and psychodynamic Jungian depth orientation.

Anja is a Pacifica Graduate Institute alumna and an LMFT with a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with people in creative fields. She brings her background in screenwriting and filmmaking to her work, with an approach based in depth psychology, mindfulness and somatic awareness. Anja has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a consultant at The International School of Los Angeles, where she continues her passion for working with teens. She had previously served on the board of The Center for Nonviolent Education and Communication. Anja has an MA in Journalism from the University in Vienna, Austria, and a BA in Political Science and Art History.

Brian Stafford MD, MPH is a licensed pediatrician, adult, adolescent, child, infant, and perinatal psychiatrist, having trained at the Tulane School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky Triple Board Program, and the Tulane Infant Institute. He practiced as an academic psychiatrist for 20 years at the Tulane School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado where he was the Anschutz Family Chair in Early Childhood Psychiatry. He also trained in Eco-depth psychotherapy and Soul Initiation Guiding through the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Program at the Animas Valley Institute where he is now a Senior Guide, Trainer, Board Member, and Director of the holistic eco-depth psychotherapy Wild Mind Training Program.

Zaman has a doctorate in Political Science and completed his postgraduate studies in Islamic Mysticism (Sufism) and Islamic Gnosticism (Erfan). He has taught at Kabul University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and several community colleges in Southern California. His of areas of specialization are: Islamic Studies; Sufism; Theosophy; Political Philosophy;and Poetic Expression in Mystical Thought.

Thomas is a practicing psychotherapist, based out of Santa Maria and licensed in CA, AZ, and NV. He received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica in 2013. Thomas is Core Faculty and Research Associate for Track D in the Counseling Department. He has taught Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Cultural Psychology, Archetypal and Imaginal Psychology, and Research courses in the MA Counseling program. Working in close collaboration with health care professionals Thomas serves as a clinical consultant with Dignity/CommonSpirit Health in crisis support, medical staff wellness, and educational capacities. He has presented publicly and formally on mood and anxiety challenges, especially when involving co-occurring medical issues.

Maurice Stevens, Ph.D. brings expertise in critical trauma theory and designing interdisciplinary and engaged research methodologies, participatory leadership models, and community-driven social justice informed research.

Victoria Stevens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, as well as a classically trained cellist, singer, dancer and actor. She is an adjunct faculty member in the PhD Program in Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, adjunct faculty at \ Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Clinical Psychology PhD and Depth Integrative Healing Programs, Antioch University Los Angeles in the Trauma Specialization, and the Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University at Santa Barbara where she co-created and is founding faculty for the Somatic Psychotherapy Certification Program with a focus on Trauma Treatment.

Robert is a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City. He is the author of World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011) and Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections (Routledge, 2007) as well as numerous other books.

Tina is an analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and has a private practice in San Francisco. Past co-founder and faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute, she teaches internationally, and is a founding faculty member of the Women’s Spirituality Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A long-time core faculty member of the Marion Woodman Foundation, she also teaches in the Specialization in Somatics Studies Doctoral program at Pacifica.

Li Sumpter is a multidisciplinary artist and independent scholar who applies strategies of worldbuilding and mythic design toward building better, more resilient communities of the future. Li’s creative research and collaborative design initiatives engage the art of survival and sustainability through diverse ecologies and immersive stories of change. Li is a cultural producer and eco-arts activist working through MythMedia Studios, the Escape Artist Initiative and various arts and community-based organizations in Philadelphia, PA, and across the country. Li has taught courses on Myth and the Media, Film and Ecology, and Afrofuturism at Haverford College and Moore College of Art and Design.

Dr. Ginger Swanson is a certified medical support hypnotherapist and retreat host, planner, and guide, leading a range of semi-annual retreats on topics that range from memoir writing to dream tending and more. She assists individuals in identifying blocks to creativity and authenticity. Her background also involves supporting organizations in mind mapping their goals and collective visions and doing so with a respect for metaphor and meaning-making. She is an alumna of the Depth Psychology program.

Becca S. Tarnas, Ph.D., is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien.

C.D. is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica, teaching Counseling in Substance Use. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica. Born in England, he originally came to Southern California to teach Fine Art at USC – he holds an MFA degree. C.D. then became a Director/Producer in the entertainment industry before entering the field of psychology. He worked for 20 years at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Residential Center (a residential program for the treatment of dual-diagnosis patients) where he was Lead Case Manager and Primary Therapist.

Andrew earned his master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara and completed a 2-year program in Hakomi Integrative Body Therapy Training. Andrew also has completed three years of training in Interpersonal Neurobiology through Dan Siegel’s Mindsight Institute. Andrew has been leading groups for adults who were sexually molested as children for the last 16 years.

Douglas has a private Jungian based psychotherapy practice in Pasadena and he teaches as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has presented workshops and talks throughout the state of California on LGBTQ issues and on dream therapy, his two areas of specialization.