Pacifica Graduate Institute

M.A./Ph.D Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Somatic Studies - Doctorate


249 Lambert Road,

Carpinteria, CA 93110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A./Ph.D Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Somatic Studies - Doctorate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students choosing this specialization have a variety of interests, experiences, and callings that have led them to believe that in order to study the psyche one must give primary attention to the body--its sensibilities, movements, symptoms, and many ways of healing. They come from many different backgrounds--some with established healing practices, some with a passion for researching this new field, and some with a desire to move forward in their study of depth psychology with the lived experience of the body as the primary focus.   

Students in the Somatic Studies specialization

 • Read, interpret, and critically reflect upon the theories and traditions of Depth Psychology, remembering the body and recalling its voice
• Develop the capacity and skill to maintain awareness of and connection to the unconscious
• Learn techniques and practices of dream work, body movement, and active imagination as healing practices
• Develop literacy in the emerging domain of neuroscience as it applies of Depth Psychology and somatic studies
• Develop skills in research and writing that will support their efforts to articulate and promote effective healing practices
• Participate with likeminded scholars and healers in the expansion of a new exciting field


Students in this specialization come to campus ten times each year for three years of course work following the pattern of three day sessions per quarter during fall, winter, and spring and one extended five day session for summer. During each residential session students attend lectures and seminars, engage experiential and embodied lea


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Loans are available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). School Code G31268

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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