I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT 32191), professional clinical counselor (LPCC 766) and credentialed school counselor. Most of my adult life has been dedicated to helping children and adults evolve into the healthy and whole beings they are born to be. I have worked in public schools, agencies, and private practice settings integrating a diversity of therapies including depth psychotherapy, family systems, and expressive art therapy. Currently I am a candidate in the analytic training program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.
Soon after I obtained my MFT license in 1994, I followed an instinctual knowing that mental health is dependent on healthy environments, and thus set out on a quest to integrate these two realms. Consequently, my love for wild nature, combined with an interest in philosophy and a fascination for the inner life of dreams, led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My dissertation, “Landscape Archetypes” (2004), reveals that natural landscapes are the bedrock of the archetypal motifs that enter our dreams and inform our lives, that there is no separation between psyche and nature, and that healing is simultaneously a personal and planetary endeavor. Since 2008, I have been fortunate to teach ecopsychology courses at Pacifica Graduate Institute, currently in the Somatics Studies Specialization and Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specialization.
In 1998, my quest led me to the School of Lost Borders, first as a participant, and eventually as staff, guide, and trainer. My involvement with Lost Borders is the centerpiece of my life’s work, allowing me to immerse myself in the wild realm of psyche and nature where I am continually impressed by the healing potential of this unpretentious nature-centered model.
From 2001-2012, I was a full-time professor of counseling at California State University, Los Angeles where I taught graduate students in marriage and family therapy and school counseling. I loved teaching among such a diverse and inspiring faculty and student body. In 2012, I retired from my position at CSULA to relocate to the Sierra Nevada Foothills where I live under many oaks and pines, with my husband, Joe Coppin.