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  • Hi Everyone, 

    I wanted to send out a message that I have a PhD in Depth Psychology and Art from Union Institute and I serve as a mentor for MA and PhD. students. Please contact me if I can be of help in your dissertation process.

    Yours, Nina Ross

  • I'm writing a dissertation on First Dreams/Initiatory Dreams. The first dream a dreamer brings to therapy ( assuming he or she has one). I suppose it could be the night before a seminar or significant event ( haven't sussed that out completely). How do therapists and clients view this dream? The mood or tone.  Is it a beginning or entry point? It's use in working with a series or sequence. So much has been written on interpretation. Now days ( to a large degree) it just turns me off. I believe the alchemists warmed against reductive analysis ( code for perfectionism or getting control). On the other hand a dream can fade into abstraction with over reliance on metaphor or symbolism: "'A roll of the dice will never abolish chance" Mallarme. Keep my question straight forward ( I tell myself) understanding dreams like physics (psyche) are alive/moving.  I think Bosnak calls it dream interpreter anxiety or some such nonsense. Which is actually pretty wise. 

  • Hello there Dissertation Dancers! Come out to Peebles Ohio to join us for a writing retreat with Depth Psychologists in mind. Support your writing and support a fabulous non-profit organization at the same time (Hope Springs Institute). Look here for more information (we still have a few spots open, register ASAP):

    We had a number of Depth Psychologists with us last year. They all found the retreat very helpful (see the link above for testimonials). You'll be surprised by how much you can get done (and get out of) providing yourself the space to create and write!

  • Getting ready to start my thesis and shopping for an editor. Didn't realize it is so expensive! Just wondering if there are any editors out there familiar with both Pacifica and APA style who might be interested in working with me. I am in the counseling masters program. Thanks!
  • So, can I just jump in here to introduce myself? I am in the Mythological Studies program at Pacifica and in the proposal stage of my dissertation. It is great to see some fellow travelers in the various stages of the journey! I look forward to gleaning insights from you and sharing my experience along the way!
  • Yes!Yes!Yes! What a rich and amazing process! Cowpies and all! What a wild ride, huh?
  • lol, to be Depth "pc" I should change "cowpies" to golden treasures, but I hope the feeling aspect of living with such treasures is fairly named!


  • Did you feel that even after 10 years, 20 years, of therapy, analysis, self-growth courses and practice, you are still working on the same thing you started with?  I think Jung talked about this. Well, to my wonderment, I realized the other day that I am shifting giant cowpies that I thought were immovable. What happened?  That is a question but also, I'm just amazed and grateful!!
  • Yay! The divine works in mysterious ways! Glad you found them!
  • once I developed a plan to get new ones and stopped looking... my keys turned up! I know, cliche, but in this case, true!


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I know this group hasn't been very active; however, I think it could be a remarkable resource for all of us working on a thesis or dissertation if members would share any resources they come across that might be of help to others, or offer tips they find useful in doing the work as those practices become useful to them. On that note, I came across what I think is a valuable scholarly paper on Hermeneutics that may be helpful and wanted to share. Good luck to all, wherever you are in your…

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What I wouldn't give to be a bona fide member of this group!

Hello All: It's so cool to read about your exploits on your "journeys" through academia.  My deepest desire is to go on to fo my PhD in Spiritual Direction through Wisdom University or ITP. The only thing holding me back is $$$ at the moment. Even though I made the Dean's Commendation list for the MCounsel (Hons) programme at my Alma Mater in Aussie, NZ isn't the best country for trying to source scholarship or fellowship funding.  Especially if you haven't completed your last grad degree here.…

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