Dennis Pottenger replied to Bonnie Bright's discussion Edward Whitmont - The Destiny Concept in Psychotherapy
"Perfect timing, Bonnie.  I'm on planes later this week and this piece will help me use my downtime wisely.  Also, have responded to the questionnaire regarding the conference.  Would be delighted to help with organizing or planning or anything at…"
Feb 26, 2014
Dennis Pottenger posted an event

Oct 17, 2013 at 3:00am to Oct 20, 2013 at 8:00am

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, CA

Jul 4, 2013
Dennis Pottenger commented on Paul DeBlassie III's blog post Troubled Sleep...Restless Gods
"I'm curious, Paul, about the resistance you refer to -- "we resist hearing what we need to hear" -- a resistance that would seem to serve our need to "avoid the intimacy with soul that comes" in deep restful sleep.  What part of our personality is…"
Oct 5, 2012
Dennis Pottenger replied to Judith Harte,Ph.D.'s discussion A Hillman Dream
"Hi Bonnie, Vol. 1 of Dick Russell's biography of JH is called The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: The Making of a Psychologist.  It's due out Dec. 1st.  The publisher is Arcade.
As for Hillman's talk on depression, I think his perspective -- that…"
Sep 29, 2012
Dennis Pottenger replied to Judith Harte,Ph.D.'s discussion A Hillman Dream
"Dear Judith, I, too, have been visited in dreams by the figure James Hillman.  And I, too, soak up the writings of JH. You and Bonnie make reference to a piece he did on depression.  Which journal does this piece appear in?  Also, you may already…"
Sep 27, 2012
Dennis Pottenger left a comment on MFT and Depth/Archetypal Psychology
"I client asked me something new today: how do I (the client) hold the tension of opposites? In the moment I answered somewhat theoritically with something like: holding the tension of opposites without identifying with either position.  The client…"
Apr 5, 2012
Dennis Pottenger replied to Bonnie Bright's discussion Amazing Alliance Gathering--Feeling so lucky!
"I forgot to say something to those who are forming (or are thinking of forming) local chapters across the country: do it!  Gather.  Meet up.  Even if it's a small group to start.  Our experience last night was a powerful one.  Something I found…"
Mar 24, 2012
Dennis Pottenger replied to Bonnie Bright's discussion Amazing Alliance Gathering--Feeling so lucky!
"Thank you so much, Bonnie, for bringing us together for the first SF Bay Area meetup and speaker evening.  It was special to meet and talk with others who share a love for psyche and soul.  You are a gift to my life and the community you're building…"
Mar 24, 2012
Dennis Pottenger replied to Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D.'s discussion Goodbye to Greatness?
"Hearing about your personal experiences with Dr. Hillman, Thom, reminds me of the indelible impact he made on me during a teaching session and later over dinner at Pacifica Graduate Institute two springs ago.  As a new psychotherapist I asked him if…"
Oct 31, 2011
Dennis Pottenger commented on Bonnie Bright's event Jungian Analyst Maria Chiaia speak on Dark Radiance: Landscapes of the Soul | Transformation in the Sandplay Process
"Would love to attend but have clients scheduled.  Will look for future events with this speaker...."
Oct 5, 2011
Dennis Pottenger left a comment for Wendy Adair
"Hi Wendy, so nice to meet you.  I live and practice psychotherapy in Sacramento.  Where do you live and work?"
Oct 5, 2011
Dennis Pottenger left a comment for Wendy Adair
"I'm sure Anne Hathaway will be just what Catwoman needs to be.  My faith in her comes from a film called Rachel Getting Married, in which she plays a troubled character in a family plagued by a tragic secret.  The portrayal of the psychological…"
Oct 5, 2011
Dennis Pottenger left a comment for Wendy Adair
"I was fascinated by the documentary on The Dark Knight, as you were, Wendy.  Something, I think, about how Bruce Wayne faces, and masters, his fear.  I think Heath Ledger is both beautiful and terrifying as the Joker.  Have you heard about the…"
Oct 1, 2011
Dennis Pottenger left a comment on MFT and Depth/Archetypal Psychology
"Look forward to learning more about the approaches to training offered at the various Jungian institutes around the US and even internationally.  Thanks, Ed, for forming this group.
As for how a systems approach blends with a depth perspective, one…"
Sep 29, 2011
Dennis Pottenger left a comment for Susan A Rowland (Ph.D)
"Hi Susan,I wonder, now that you're teaching at Pacifica, if you've heard anything about a conference scheduled for Santa Barbara in Sept 2012.  Pacifica is sponsoring what I think is being called the "Symposium for the Study of Myth."  So glad…"
Sep 26, 2011
Dennis Pottenger replied to Ed Koffenberger's discussion Jungian Institutes
"I agree, Ed.  As an MFT Intern with a degree from Pacifica who plans to train as a Jungian Analyst, I would like to learn more about the differing approaches to analytic training, including ISAP Zurich in Switzerland."
Sep 26, 2011

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  • Dennis,

    Looking forward to meeting you in New Orleans. mI'll check and see if I have the article. If I do, I'll let you know, scan and send it to you.

    Also, if the items you sent for comment is for all the group, you might want to post it on the general group discussion "board." Otherwise we will not be able to see what others have stated. I'll comment once it is a general invite (also gives me time to grab a reference or two).


  • Nice to meet you, too, Dennis! We're neighbors! I live in Lodi, just about 40 minutes south of Sacramento.
  • I've heard of the film, but I haven't seen it. I'll have to check it out.
  • I completely agree...He seems to step into the fear and allow it to move through him until it coalesces into his alter ego. I enjoy watching Bruce Wayne walk on the sword edge of both of these identities. I'm also fascinated by his utter confidence in his vision for a new Gotham, which I think allows for the acceptance of the idea of a vigilante in a mask and cape.

    You hit the nail right on the head, Dennis. Ledger's Joker is so dark, so chaotic, with so much mysterious depth. I LOVED this character. Beautiful and terrifying are perfect words. One of the best characters in film history, in my opinion. Follow closely by Hannibal Lecter, maybe...

    Yes, I have heard about the third film. Can't wait! After seeing Anne Hathaway bring a subtly dark undercurrent to the gentle White Queen character, I'm convinced she'll be an amazing Catwoman. What do you think of her being cast?

  • Dennis,

    No, I have not heard anything so thank you for alerting me. I would certainly want to follow this up! It must be a child of the mythological Studies team, of whom I am not one. 


    Thank you again.


  • Dennis,
    I really feel there is a potential connection between MFT and depth. I look at it as internal systems meet external systems and each informs the other. As you extend family systems out to multiple generations, you deepen the interior systems to cultural patterns within the psyche. Some day I'm going to explore this a bit more but I hope there is a thread tying them together in that I find much truth in both approaches and hate that they seem to sit in different corners.
    Have you seen any "crossover" like I spoke of above, or am I simply hallucinating? :)
  • Welcome Dennis,

    That sense of marginalization is one I understand as I have had a number of conversations with my MFT supervisor about how to bring these two ways of understanding together. Luckily, he is open to new ideas and collaborations, so its been good so far. When its time to take the test, I'll feel like I'm only telling half my story at best. Hope you find much of interest within the Alliance, and I'm glad you are with us.


  • Hi Dennis: Welcome to the Alliance. You're definitely in the right place. There are many therapists here in the community who are sort of caught between worlds. In fact, it's wonderful and encouraging to see those like you that have the passion and courage to bring a depth approach to what you are doing. Welcome, and please jump in and engage if you can by commenting or adding your own thoughts. I'll send you some additional info on navigating the site under separate cover in case its of help, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know.
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