Curriculum Vitae

 Elizabeth Ann Perluss, Ph.D.

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Academic Preparation

Ph.D.               Pacifica Graduate Institute                             2004 Depth Psychology

M.S.                California State University, Los Angeles       1991 Counseling

B.A.                Westmont College                                           1984 Religious Studies

Professional Experience

2016-present   Private Practice, Psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Grass Valley, CA.

2001-2012       Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling (School-Based Family Counseling), California State University, Los Angeles, Charter College of Education, Division of Special Education and Counseling.

2005-present   Adjunct Professor in Depth Psychology, M.A./PhD program, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

2003-present   Wilderness guide and trainer, the School of Lost Borders, Big Pine, CA.

2015                   Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.

1996-2001       Adjunct Professor, California State University, Los Angeles, Division of Administration and Counseling.

1997-2001       School Counselor, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA.

1995-2012       Private Practice, Marriage and Family Therapist, Los Angeles and Avalon, CA.

1992-1993       Family and Child Therapist Intern, South Bay Center for Counseling, Los Angeles.

1991-1992       Clinic Coordinator, California State University, Los Angeles, Counseling and Assessment Clinic, Los Angeles, CA.

1989-1992       School-Based Family Counselor, Garvey School District with Mission Possible, Los Angeles, CA.

Professional Licenses and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California, issued 1994, MFT #32191
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling, California, issued 2013, LPCC #766
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling with Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance, California, issued 1992

Current Professional and Academic Association Membership

  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Wilderness Guides Council


  • Perluss, E. (2016). The Wild Imaginal World of Storytelling and Mirroring. Circles on the Mountain (#21).
  • Perluss, E. (2015). This glorious darkness: Reflections from the John Muir Trail. Psychological Perspectives (Vol. 58, No. 2).
  • Perluss, E. (2015). Ecotherapy. Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Perluss, E. (2014). For love of the soul of the world. Ecopsychology Journal (Vol. 6(1): 8-9).
  • Perluss, E. (2012). Following the Raven: The Paradoxical Path Toward a Depth Ecopsychology. Ecopsychology Journal (Vol. 4, No. 3).
  • Perluss, E. (2010). The Practice of Council in a University Human Development Course. Council in Schools, The Ojai Foundation. Retrieved from
  • Perluss, E. (2010). Review of the Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, and Earth, by David Tacey. Ecopsychology Journal (Vol. 2, No. 1).
  • Carter, M. & Perluss, E. (2008). The Development in Training School Based Family Counselors: The School Based Family Counseling Program at California State University, Los Angeles. In The International Journal of School-Based Family Counseling (1/1).
  • Perluss, E. (2008). Climbing the Alchemical Mountain: A story of Initiation. Psychological Perspectives (51-1).
  • Perluss, E. (2006). Touching Earth, finding spirit: A passage into the symbolic landscape. Spring Journal. Issue 76, Part 2.
  • Perluss, E. (2005). Desert dreaming: Tracking psyche through the landscape. Psychological Perspectives. (48-2)

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Image, metaphor, and dream in nature-based therapies and rituals, a talk given to the Brazilian Society of Jungian Analysts at Pacifica Graduate Institute, November, 2015.
  • The Four Shields of Love and Compassion: Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, The 10th International Whitehead Conference, Claremont Graduate School, July 4-7th, 2015.
  • The Medicine Walk: Sourcing from the Wellspring of the Wild. Medicine and Imagination: Soul in Body and Nature. Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. May, 2014
  • Fall and Winter: A Survival Guide for the Twenty First Century. Documentary interviewee, 2013.
  • From Trials to Treasures: Rites of Passage in Wilderness Therapy with Ruth Wharton, M.A. and Joseph Lazenka. Wilderness Therapy Symposium, Boulder, CO. September, 2010.
  • The Hospital Environment and the Nature Connection. Planetree Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 2008.
  • Rites of Passage as a Foundation for Wilderness Therapy with John Davis, Ph.D. Wilderness Therapy Symposium, Naropa University, Boulder, CO. September 2007.
  • Landscapes and Archetypes: An Investigation of Carl Jung’s Theory of Archetypes and their Relatedness with Nature. Exploring Religion, Nature, and Culture the Inaugural Conference of the Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl., April, 2006.
  • Where Psyche Glides along Mountaintops and Rivers flow Deep within the Valley of the Soul: Thresholds and Liminality in Wilderness Rites of Passage. Conference of Nature and Human Nature, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Institute for Mythological Studies, Carpinteria, CA, March 2006.
  • A Depth Psychological Inquiry into the Relationship Between Psyche and Landscape. Fourteenth North American Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Community. Empire State College, State University New York, Saratoga Springs, NY, February, 2004.
  • Night Vision: Symbols of Transformation in Wilderness Rites of Passage. Wilderness Therapy Symposium, Naropa University, Boulder, CO., September 2005.
  • An Ecological-Depth Psychological Approach to Working with Teenage Youth in a School Setting. An invited presentation at Creating community with youth: Perspectives from Liberation and Depth Psychologies, Conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute, May, 2002.
  • Re-membering Place, An invited paper presented at the International Symposium of Archetypal Psychology: Santa Barbara, CA, 2000

Professional Assignments and Activities

  • Advisory Board: Council in Schools. A program of The Ojai Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “foster practices that awaken connection with self, others, and the natural world.” CIS serves this mission by training and supporting educators to use council – the practice of listening and speaking from the heart – to inspire engaged, compassionate school communities. (2014-Present).
  • Council of Advisors: The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, CA. As a “rites of passage” advisor my role is to share my knowledge as a ceremonial guide and ecopsychology scholar within an international and intergenerational body of advisors in support of the mission of TOF (2016-present).

 Personal Interests

  • Backpacking (In 2012, I completed a solo trip on the 211 mile John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada).