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BobAbbot-Florez Bob Abbot-Florez '01 is the Program Director of Community Engagement and Youth Development at Sunny Hills Services in Sonoma County. He is a consultant regarding gang-related issues to the County of Sonoma; the Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma school districts; the Sonoma, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa Police Departments; the Sonoma and Marin County Sheriff's Department; and the State Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Intelligence Units in the area of street gangs. Bob is certified to train police officers in the psychological and sociological aspects of gang culture and is Peace Officers Standard in Training (POST)-certified. He teaches Psychology at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Jane Ferris, PhD Jane Ferris '01 Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is in private practice as a Psychological Assistant in San Francisco. She completed her clinical internship at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, and her post-doctoral work is supervised by a Jungian analyst. She is the author of Is Homeopathy Useful in Psychotherapy? in Christopher Johannes and Harry van der Zee's Homeopathy and Mental Health Care.
Catherine Alexander Mahler PhD Catherine Alexander Mahler '02 Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist practicing in Napa and Sonoma who brings a depth psychological approach to her clinical work. She incorporates sandplay, dreams, art and play therapy in her work. She is the author of Missing Daddy: Growing up Fatherless and its Implications for Female Development.
Judy Radiloff PhD Judy Radiloff '02 Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is an early childhood educator and the founder and program director of a preschool for young children. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Depth Psychology Master's program at Sonoma State University.
Michelle Glaubiger MA Michelle Glaubiger '03 consults with individuals and groups, conducts women's retreats, and is the founder of Visionary Consulting.
Sissa Nelson Harris MA Sissa Nelson Harris '03 is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Conseling at Mendocino College and on the faculty of Yuba College, where she also served in the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services program.
Michelle Horan Michelle Horan '03 is an adjunct faculty member at Foothill College, Skyline College and the College of San Mateo, where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Personality Psychology, and other courses.
Karen Danielson Karen Danielson '04 Ph.D. received her doctorate in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Claudia Holt MA Claudia Holt '04 is the founder and principal of Peace in Process, where she teaches tai chi and primordial qi gong in order to deepen the mind-body presence and access somatic wisdom. She is an adjunct faculty member at Acadamy of Art University in San Francisco where she teaches courses such as Narrative Storytelling and The Power of Myth and Symbol. As an SSU Master's student she co-taught an undergraduate Sacred Space and Movement course in the Psychology Department.
Danielle Kelleher MA Danielle Kelleher '04 is a yoga instructor at Radiant Yoga in Ukiah, One Tree Yoga Studio in Santa Rosa, and conducts posture clinics and summer intensive retreats. She has studied with Baron Baptiste and Ana Forrest, and takes inspiration from Shiva Rae. As an SSU Master's student she co-taught an undergraduate Psychology of Fairy Tales course in the Psychology Department.
Tony Marano MA PhD Tony Marano '05 Ph.D. received his doctorate in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School. He has taught at the California Culinary Academy for 18 years, and as an SSU Master's student he taught an undergraduate Personal Myth and Narrative course in the Psychology Department. He is certified to administer the Meyers-Briggs Typological Indicator (MBTI) and works with individuals and groups.
Monique Aguerre MA Monique Aguerre '06 is a certified hypnotherapist practicing in Sonoma and Marin Counties. She is an accomplished artist and the founder of Mythica Masks. She designs masks, sculptures and art which are used for performances, play, fashion, and regard. In 2007 she received the Nancy Richter Brzeski Dream Art Award for her masks Sleeping Birds and Bats and The Serpent and the Phoenix.
Nanci Haines MA Nanci Haines '06 is a yoga teacher in San Francisco where she teaches vinyasa yoga at Yoga Tree, Sports Club L.A. and Studio Mix. She has owned and run her own dance and yoga studio, Sunflower Yoga and Dance, in Healdsburg, and has studied with Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Anna Forrest and Desiree Rumbaugh. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University where she has taught Psychology of Yoga.
Jacob Kaminker PhD Jacob Kaminker '06, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and core faculty member in Holistic Counseling at John F. Kennedy University. He is Founding Director of the Depth Psychotherapy specialization and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy and Holistic Studies specializations. He is Associate Managing Editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies; on the Board of Directors for the Association of Transpersonal Psychology and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association; and Secretary of the San Francisco Psychological Association.
Glenna Zogg Glenna Zogg '06 is a hospice nurse and a student of Zhineng Qigong and Reiki. She has led groups in Cultivating Intuition, Energy Healing, Honoring the Motherline, and Re-Membering the Sacred Feminine.
Anton Cehlinder MA Anton Cehlinder '07 is the owner and Chairman of the Board of Dynamic Work Solutions in Stockholm, Sweden, where he provides human resources and branding consultation. He is an organizational consultant who provides services in design, analysis and reporting of organizational research.
Bonnie Bright, MA Bonnie Bright '08 is the founder of Depth Insights, a research and consulting business, is a board member of the Association of Holotropic Breathwork, and is in the doctoral program in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of an article in Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and presented at the 2010 Aesthetic Nature of Change International Conference and the joint Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies and International Association for Jungian Studies conference.
Colby Gillette MA MFA Colby Gillette '08 received an M.F.A. from St. Mary's College and is a doctoral candidate in Literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of Without Repair and The Cybernetics Club: Wired Veins and Reboot. His work has appeared in Octopus, Omniverse, NOO Journal, and Breakwater. He is Poetry Editor of the journal Witness; a graduate assistant at the Black Mountain Institute; and conducts interviews of artists for Studio One, a community arts studio in Oakland, California.
Dorene Mahoney, MA Dorene Mahoney '08 is a coach, trainer, and human resources consultant through her business Stepwell Coaching. She is working with midlife transitions and is a trainer with Coming of Age: Bay Area, which works with individuals undergoing the 50+ retirement and midlife transition.
Johanna McNamee JoHanna McNamee '08 is a dreamworker who employs depth-oriented arts practices in her work. She is the founder and principal of DreamTending Psyche in Sedona, Arizona. She trained in Stephen Aizenstadt's DreamTending and uses this approach in her dreamwork, in addition to leading retreats and workshops on mask work, image exploration, and ritual. She has lectured at Prescott College and the Phoenix Friends of Jung group.
Kathy Quick Kathy Quick '08 is a bookkeeper and caterer as well as writer and ceramic artist. She is the author of an article in Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and is working on a book about Ariadne, the eternal consort of Dionysus. Her work in clay and sculpture is influenced by her dreams and connection to archetypal themes, particularly the Green Man. Several of her pieces are presented in Collective Arts Magazine, a collection of art inspired by dreams.
Deborah Salomon MA Deborah Salomon '08 is a family constellation practitioner who is a founder and partner of Sonoma County Family Constellations. This healing modality developed by Bert Hellinger addresses generational family trauma. She is a credentialed teacher, a certified therapeutic musician therapist, and a parent educator. She plays her harp for healing at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Erin Wiper Erin Wiper '08 received her MA in Counseling Psychology from CIIS with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is working toward licensure as an associate marriage and family therapist at Social Advocates for Youth in Santa Rosa, and in supervised private practice.
Jordan Kelly Jordan Kelly '09 is in the banking and finance industry working toward obtaining a securities license and becoming a financial advisor. Prior to this he worked for a number of years teaching English in China.
Sandi Peters Sandi Peters '09 is the founder and principal of Sands of Time, a community organization in San Rafael, California that provides depth and art-oriented activities for elders to stimulate cognitive, emotional and spiritual experiences. The institute provides activities with elders exploring sandplay, dreams, poetry, story, music, meditation, and visualization; and provides training in these areas for elder caregivers.
Pat Spence Pat Spence '09 is a registered psychological educator and trauma clinician with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her work in Fort Liard in Canada's Northwest Territories with the First Nations community combines the study of complex trauma with depth psychology. She is particularly interested in how dreams provide an approach to working with personal and cultural trauma.
Gina Thomas, MA Virginia Thomas '09 is the recipient of a New Mythos grant from Pacifica Graduate Institute to study American culture in relation to the archetypal Enneagram. She is in the doctoral program in developmental psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Niko Whitmire Niko Whitmire '11 is in the clinical doctoral program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He has trained with Richmond Area Multi-Services in San Francisco; Manzanita SEED Elementary in Oakland; and the Wright Institute Psychoanalytic Clinic in Berkeley. In the next year he'll be working at A Home Within and the Wright Institute Assessment Program.
Ron Boyer Ron Boyer '12 will enroll in the doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he will study the intersection of film and religion. In July 2014 he presented his paper entitled To Die and Be Reborn: The Death-Rebirth Motif in Myth and Rite, Literature and Film at the International Association of Jungian Studies annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Susanne Bruggemann MA Susanne Bruggemann '12 is enrolled in the MA in Counseling program at Sonoma State University. She is a workshop assistant and mentor at Autistry Studios in San Rafael, California. She is interested in the expressive arts and in pursuing certification as a sandplay therapist.
Amanda de Joinville MA Amanda de Joinville '12 is enrolled in the doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she is studying art and religion. After studying in Pompeii she delivered a paper entitled Reflections of Wealth on Pompeiian Walls: Technique, Materials, Pigment at the Judith Lee Stronach Travel Seminar Symposium.
Denise Denise Denington '14 is a Social Worker at the North Bay Regional Center.
Sequoia Etcheverry Sequoia Etcheverry '14 works as a research consultant and coach with Visual Insights; is a life transitions coach; and is Treasurer on the Board of the Society for the Study of Shamanism, Healing and Transformation. She's also working on a book exploring the connection between nature and ritual.
Lisa Woods, MA Lisa Woods '14 accepted a full-time faculty position in the Nursing program at Mendocino College. She is a certified hypnotherapist who has worked as a critical care neonatal and pediatric nurse for 26 years, and has been an adjunct instructor in the Nursing program at the Santa Rosa Junior College. In June 2014 she presented her paper entitled Healing PTSD through Art and Dreams at the International Association for the Study of Dreams annual conference in Berkeley, California.

Alumni Survey

We conducted our first alumni survey in December 2008 / February 2009. The initial pool of 80 persons included all those from the classes of 2001 (the first graduating class) to 2008 who completed 2 years of course work. We had current contact information for 74 of these persons, who were contacted by email for the online 63-item survey. 37 persons (50%) responded to the survey.

For meaningful curricular comparisons, responses were grouped into two categories: recent, classes of 2005 to 2008; and early, classes of 2001 to 2004. The graduation rate (all those who graduated and received the Master's degree after completing two years of coursework plus the Master's thesis) from 2001 to 2008 was 78% as of fall of 2008, the time of the survey.

Download the 2008-09 Depth Psychology Alumni Survey here.

Highlights of the Survey

Recent alumni rate the Depth Psychology Master's program as excellent to outstanding in these areas (1-5 scale with 5 being outstanding):

  • Overall quality of the program
  • Opportunities for personal growth
  • Intellectual challenge and stimulation
  • Quality of teachers
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Opportunities for informal interactions with professors
  • Quality of Visiting Scholars presentations
  • Clear degree requirements
  • Preparation for doctoral study

Recent alumni rated their skill development in these areas as excellent to outstanding (1-5 scale with 5 being outstanding):

  • Dreamwork
  • Active imagination
  • Mythological approaches
  • Art-based approaches
  • Conducting research
  • Facilitating depth work with other/s
  • Preparing for doctoral work
  • Preparing to run depth-oriented groups
  • Facilitating individual or community ritual

The most important benefits of the program as reported by all alumni, in a free response, open-ended written format:

  • Deeper understanding of self
  • Personal transformation
  • Learning tools for self-knowledge and psychological transformation
  • Confidence in working with others
  • Integration of head and heart

Employment, Education, and Volunteer Work

  • 73% of alumni are employed
  • 37% of those employed are working in fields related to depth psychology
  • Primary employment areas are in mental health counseling, teaching, and human services
  • 22% of alumni have gone on to doctoral work, primarily in clinical psychology
  • 57% of alumni engage in volunteer work, most frequently in community work, writing, non-profit work, and group facilitation


Desired Additions to the Program

Areas that recent graduates see as absolutely desired additions to the program (1-5 scale with 5 being absolutely):

  • Writing for publication
  • Body-based work
  • Mythological work

Public Programs

Naomi LowinskyHear Dr. Naomi Lowinsky speak on the wild source of poetry on Sat April 27, 10am - 1 pm in Art 108.

Article Evening

Come and hear the 2019 master's graduates present their culminating work on Thu May 16, 6pm in the Cooperage.