The C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado is an organization that has been in existence since 1976. We have as one of our central goals the promotion and continuation of research in the field of Analytical psychology.
- Lourdes Albarran, Ph.D
- Deborah Bryon Ph.D.
- Christine M. Chao, Ph.D. (Board - Training Committee Member)
- Dr. Margaret Dozier (Board - Director of Admissions)
- Nancy Swift Furlotti, M.A.
- Stewart Gabel, M.D.
- Catherine Givando Chissell BS, RN, MA
- Bernice Hill, Ph.D.
- Laurel Howe
- Margaret Johnson, Ph.D.
- Jeffrey T. Kiehl, M.A., Ph.D.
- Kathryn Kuisle, Ph.D. (Board - Vice-President)
- Puddi Kullberg
- Barbara Lane, MSW, LCSW (Board - Secretary)
- Linda Leonard, Ph.D.
- Paula MacKinnon, M.A.
- Joe McNair
- Annie Meyer, M.A.
- Lara Newton, M.A. (Board - Director of Training)
- Nancy Ortenberg, M.A., LMFT
- Jeff Raff, Ph.D. (Board - President)
- Theresa-Anne Schmidt
- Cindy Smock, M.A., L.P.C. (Board - Treasurer)
- Lucy Anne Sikes, MS, ARNP
- Judith Slimmon
- John Todd, Ph.D., L.P.C (Board - Training Committee Member)
- Gary Toub, Ph.D.
- Kaitryn Sheehan Wertz, LPC
- Stephen K. Witty, Ph.D.
Emeritus Board Members
Lourdes Albarran. Certified Jungian Analyst (2010). I was born and raised in Mexico City where I have lived my whole life. I am married to Oscar since 1978 and have two children, Oscar and Santiago. I started my private practice in 1998.
Before joining the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado in 2006, I received my bachelor’s degree in pedagogy (Universidad Panamericana, 1980) and a master’s degree in family therapy (Instituto Mexicano de Terapia de Pareja, 1996). I have been a Professor in several renowned academic institutions in the country, as well as a guest speaker throughout the Mexican territory. In 2010, I co-founded AJUM (Friends of Jung in Mexico), a non-profit organization promoting the understanding of Jungian psychology in Mexico. I am fully committed to the goal of making analytical psychology more accessible to a larger segment of Mexican society and believe this is a proper vehicle to accomplish my goal. My inter cultural and transnational training is something that I hold in high regard and I am certain that it will be useful to the institute and the students.
Deborah Bryon Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Jungian analyst, practicing in Denver. For the last decade, she has been working with and bringing groups to work with the Andean Paqos (shamans) in Peru. Deborah is the author of the books, “Piercing the Veil: Lessons of the Inca Shamans,” and “Lessons of the Inca Shamans Part 2: Beyond the Veil,” in addition to several articles bridging psychoanalysis and her practice as a paqo. She is an artist and member of Spark Gallery, and has taught in the psychology departments of the University of Colorado at Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Christine M. Chao, Ph.D.is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree in 1981 from the University of Denver. She is a 2012 graduate of the IRSJA. Dr. Chao is currently in private practice. She is a past clinical director and interim executive director of the Asian Pacific Center for Human Development, where she continues to consult and provides clinical supervision. She is also an adjunct clinical supervisor at the University of Denver and has taught at the Iliff School of Theology. Dr. Chao has conducted numerous workshops on cultural diversity and Asian mental health. Her interests include identity formation, the significance and function of ancestral altars in a variety of cultures around the world, and how Jungian work can help open up “seats at the welcome table” for people from widely diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Margaret Dozier is a Jungian analysis who has been practicing in Alabama since obtaining her analytic degree in 2001. She is currently in the process of relocating to Colorado and hopes to make a home in Denver over the next few months. Margaret is a diplomate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich. She is on the faculty of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar, and is a member of the International Association of Analytic Psychologists (IAAP) as well as of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). In her capacity as a Jungian Analyst, Margaret has lectured in Switzerland, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Colorado. Prior to completing her psychoanalytic degree, Margaret obtained her M. D. degree at USA College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. She completed her psychiatric internship and residency at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, New York. Her interests include Jungian Fundamentals, mythology, and alchemy. Her diploma thesis, "A Candle for Medusa," explores the myth of the Gorgon from a more feminist perspective.
Nancy Swift Furlotti, M.A.,is a Jungian Analyst in West Los Angeles and Aspen, Colorado and member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. She is a past President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she trained and remains a member of the faculty. She, also, attended the Center for Depth Psychology according to Marie-Louise von Franz and C. G. Jung in Switzerland. She is a faculty member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and teaches and lectures in the US, Switzerland, and Israel.
Her articles 'The Archetypal drama in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly' and 'Tracing a Red Thread: Synchronicity and Jung’s Red Book' have recently been published in Psychological Perspectives. She has a chapter, 'Angels and Idols: Los Angeles, A City of Contrasts' in Tom Singer's (ed.) book, Psyche and the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis. Her forthcoming book, The Dream and its Amplification, co-edited with Dr. Erel Shalit, is due out in 2013.
Nancy has a deep interest in exploring the manifestations of the psyche through dreams and myths, with a specific focus on trauma and the dark emanations from the psyche. A current focus of research is on Mesoamerican mythology and multiple states of consciousness. Her interest in exploring symbols and deepening her understanding of Jung, have landed her on two foundations: The Philemon Foundation, where she served as Co-President, and ARAS (Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism). She is also, chair of the Film Archive Committee that oversees the Remembering Jung Video Series, consisting of 30 interviews with Jungian analysts, and the films, A Matter of Heart and The World Within.
I am a physician who has been trained as a pediatrician, general and child and adolescent psychiatrist. I have had a long standing interest in the work of C.G. Jung and received a diploma as an Analytical Psychologist on graduation from the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts' training program in 2008. My thesis was titled "Jack London: A Man in Search of Meaning". The thesis reflects my interest in London and in the quest for personal meaning that his life exemplified, as well as the relationship of individuals to larger unconscious and universal forces in our lives.
I have worked a great deal in healthcare organizational settings during my career, and was Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital for 10 years from 1992-2002. I am interested in working with analytical patients of all types, and have particular interests in graduate students and in people who are exploring or undergoing transitional periods in their lives. I am married. My wife, Joan, is a psychologist. We have two children.
Catherine Givando Chissell has returned to Colorado and the Boulder area part time as an analyst and member of the Colorado Jung Institute. Originally from South Dakota, she spent her early childhood in Denver and Colorado Springs, returning to Denver University and then attending nursing school where her love of psychiatry led to working on psych units in North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland. Having spent the last 34 years raising four children in Baltimore, she attended the CG Jung Institut in Zurich during this time and has established a practice in Baltimore with her husband, a psychiatrist. She has taught at colleges in Maryland and Virginia and supervised students in various training programs.
In private practice for over 25 years in Boulder, CO. Publications in Quadrant, Psychological Perspectives, and International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine's Quarterly, Bridges. Workshop presentations on Sophia and Sustainability; Money and the Spritual Warrior.
Laurel Howe, M.A., is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and has been in private practice in Denver since 1998. She earned her diploma from the Centre for Research and Training in Depth Psychology, Zürich, and has studied dream interpretation, Jungian analysis and mythology based on the work of Carl Jung since 1985, when she initiated her own in-depth Jungian Analysis.
- Book: War of the Ancient Dragon, Alchemical Images in Sandplay, 2016, Fisher King Press. Purchase at: www.fisherkingpress.com
- “Mary Magdalene: Lover of the Dying and Resurrecting God-Man,” Psychological Perspectives, Winter, 2013. Download at: laurelhowe.org.
- “War of the Ancient Dragon: Alchemical Images in Sandplay," Psychological Perspectives Fall, 2012. Download at: laurelhowe.org.
- Two poems, Psychological Perspectives, Vol. 47, Issue 1, 2004.
- “Der Urkrieg des Drachen Feuer, Zerstörung und Erneuerung im Sandspiel,” Jungiana, Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation, Küsnacht, Switzerland Reihe A, Band 16, 2010.
Margaret Johnson, Ph.D., is a senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst who practiced and lived in the Los Angeles area for some 28 years, before moving to a ranch in Southwest Colorado, where she now lives with her husband, two dogs, four cats, and a number of horses. Still in private practice in Colorado, she also remains an active member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, the C.G.Jung Study Center of Southern California, and the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is, and has been for the past some 20 years, a co-Chief Editor of the prominent Jungian journal, Psychological Perspectives.
My journey in becoming a Jungian analyst began over twenty years ago when I became interested in mythology and the writings of Joseph Campbell. It was through Campbell's writings that I discovered the works of Carl Jung. I was fascinated that Jung believed in both the light and dark sides of the psyche, and that he had discovered a self-regulation process of the psyche. I am very interested in our connection with Nature and in healing our relationship with the natural world. I feel this relationship is a manifestation of what Jung called the Self, the archetype of wholeness.
Originally trained as a climate scientist, I returned to school to get an M.A. in psychology from Regis University. I completed my analyst training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (I-RSJA) and am a Diplomate Analyst with both the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and have also received training in Gestalt therapy. I give workshops & lectures on various topics, including: Personal Myth and the Lord of the Rings, The Life & Psychology of C.G. Jung, The Anima in the World, and Psyche & Nature. I have a Ph.D. in the Atmospheric Sciences, and have carried out research on global climate change for thirty years.
Kathryn Kuisle, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst with a private practice in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and holds a PhD in analytical psychology from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. Dr. Kuisle has on-going groups on dreams and fairy tales. She teaches at the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado in Denver and is on the staff of the Jung Conference on Spirituality and Psychology in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. She is also an adjunct faculty member for Regis University, teaching in the Masters in Counseling Program.
Puddi Kullberg graduated as an analyst from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She was a long-time student and then an “official candidate” with what was then known as “the Denver Seminar” where she did her analytic training. She also pursued training in Albuquerque and Chicago prior to graduating as an analyst.
Puddi has been a psychotherapist in Colorado for twenty years. Her initial clinical training was in anxiety and depression and addictions treatment in a hospital setting and addictions work in a community corrections agency. Also, while doing the hospital and agency work, Puddi established a private practice in Colorado Springs where she practiced (and practices) Jungian therapy and analysis. Puddi now works in private practice exclusively. She works with adults, individuals and couples. From time to time she also leads book study groups and teaches classes.
Barbara Lane, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a Zurich trained Jungian Analyst. She is a 2013 graduate of The International School of Analytical Psychology, in Zurich, Switzerland. She has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in the Denver area since 1990. She also spent many years working with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in therapeutic social work settings. She has taught at the graduate college level and supervised students in various psychotherapy training programs.
Barbara believes each individual encounters a call or calls in life (acknowledged or not) that can be both exhilarating and daunting. If heeded, the call(s) can provide direction on the path to becoming one’s most authentic self. Her Jungian work centers around the trauma(s) inherent in the human condition, the many manifestations of the unconscious, and the calls that may be hidden within them. Barbara also love horses and practices equine assisted psychotherapy. And she is thrilled at this time to be experiencing the world through the eyes of her grandchildren!
Linda Leonard, Ph.D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst and the author of several best-selling books: The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship, On the Way to the Wedding: Transforming the Love Relationship, Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction (which has been translated into sixteen languages), Meeting the Madwonan: Empowering the Feminine Spirit, Following the Reindeer Woman: Path of Peace and Harmony, and The Call to Create.
Dr. Leonard is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, former Philosophy professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, and is in private practice in Boulder and Aspen, Colorado. She has been in practice for forty years. She also does telephone consultations, has a special interest in creativity and other issues in her books and gives lectures and workshops worldwide.
Paula MacKinnon, M.A. (Director of Admissions)
Paula MacKinnon is a Jungian Analyst residing in Boulder, Colorado and is a Board member of the C.G.Jung Institute of Colorado. She initially trained as a family therapist and was in private practice in Burlington, Vermont for 10 years. Subsequently Paula moved to Zurich where she trained at the C.G.Jung Institute in Kusnacht. After graduation in 1998 she continued to live in Zurich and held a practice there for four more years. She then moved 'home' to Nova Scotia where she again had a private practice for five years. In 2007, Paula and her husband moved to Boulder to be closer to two of her children, and now she has a private practice in Boulder. Paula is married, has three children, their respective spouses and six grandchildren.
Joe McNair, Ph.D.
Annie Meyer, M.A.
Annie Meyer is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She was trained as a Jungian Analyst candidate by the Denver training group and graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, IRSJA, in 1994. She was a member of the board of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado for sixteen years and has been a core faculty member of the Institute for the past eighteen years. Annie was born in France. At the age of thirteen, she came to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Steamboat has remained her home base for the past fifty years. For ten years, she lived on a seashore farm in Nova Scotia at the edge of the sea. There, she raised her children as well as numerous other creatures. She also went to school to become an elementary school teacher. She returned to Steamboat to live and teach. She eventually began a Jungian analysis and found her way to the Denver training group.
These are some of her thoughts about analysis: I feel that a most important aspect of a Jungian analysis is the willingness of two people to sit together and spend time with the details of a life, often with the attendant dreams, on a regular basis. There we listen caringly, with curiosity and without judgment to the daily happenings of our life. It is a spiritual practice. We have to practice leaving judgment behind, the idea that we could have done it better or different or other. We have to practice at being curious and interested. It helps reconnect with a sense that we are on a journey from birth to death, and that our life is ever evolving and the process of it can never be finished or perfect, what Jung refers to as the individuation process. We then become more patient with ourselves. All that is asked of us really, is that we show up every day to life, whatever it brings us, that we engage it and work with it as best we can. Dreams keep us interested and curious and connected to that inner process of life. They provide us with information about where our inner self is trying to lead us on this journey of ours, which is sometimes quite different from what we think it should be.
Lara Newton, M.A. (Director of Training)
Lara is a senior Jungian Analyst in private practice in Denver. She is Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and president of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado. Lara was introduced to Jungian psychology in 1974 while still an undergraduate English Literature student, and she went on to get a masters in literature before studying at the Jung Institute in Zurich (1980). She then returned to the states, completed a masters degree in psychology and resumed her formal Jungian training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She graduated from that program in 1993.
Lara has a passion for deep introspective study of archetypal material in our world. Over the past several years, her main focus of study and teaching has been centered on Jung's work with alchemy. She is also interested in Celtic Mythology, female alchemists (particularly Maria Prophetissa), and fairy tales from all cultures. She has published one book, BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Discovering the Psychology of Companionship, and several articles, and has presented lectures and workshops locally and internationally.
Nancy is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Boulder, Colorado with over 35 years of clinical experience. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, has also studied at the Jung Institutes of Zurich and Los Angeles and with people like Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman and James Hillman. She is affiliate faculty for Naropa University where she teaches graduate Jungian psychology courses. In addition to individual and couples therapy Nancy facilitates ongoing monthly dream groups,, and provides individual and group clinical supervision to licensed therapists and those working toward licensure.
In following the individuation process, Nancy works with clients to explore messages from the unconscious which can bring meaning to suffering, purpose, direction and enlightenment in one's life. She has a particular interest in working with the unconscious in dreams, creative expression of the psyche through drawing, sandplay, and writing, and amplification in myth and fairytales.
Jeff Raff, Ph.D. (President)
I trained in Zurich in the early 1970's where I had the great good fortune to study with such analysts as Marie-Louse von Franz, Barbara Hannah and Arnie Mindell. Since that time my interests have focused on Alchemy, dream work, and active imagination. Moving to Denver in 1976 I co-founded the C.G. Jung Education and Research Institute which has morphed over the years into the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. I have watched our community grow from three analysts to almost twenty. As the current President of the Institute I hope to observe our continued growth both in numbers and diversity.
I am a Senior Analyst member of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analsyts, a member of The International Association of Analytical Psychology and an Adjunct Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I have written four books, including Jung and the Alchemical Imagination, The Wedding of Sophia, and The Practice of Ally Work. In addition I have published several articles on Kabbalah and Alchemy. I am at the moment enjoying the delight of my three grandchildren as I ponder the prospect of growing old and the relationship of aging to individuation.
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Theresa-Anne Schmidt graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute-Zurich in 1993. She has been a contributor to the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado's educational programs since 1999. She is a Registered Nurse and holds the Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (2006). Dr. Schmidt is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
I am a senior classical Jungian Analyst, having trained in Denver and graduated from the IRSJA in April 2004. I am currently on the Board of the C G Jung Institute in Denver. I am also a Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor; I have had a private practice in Gunnison, CO since 1987. In addition, I manage a small family ranch in Gunnison County, which my family has had since I was a child. I have beef and dairy cows, chickens, an organic garden, a hay field and a team of draft horses: a busy and meaningful life. My Jungian thesis was on the confluence of Jungian work and Buddhism, and those continue to be some of my central interests. I am also interested in sustainable living, religious studies, literature, mythology, and quantum mechanics.Email: csmock_at_junginstituteofcolorado.com
Lucy Anne Sikes is a senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst. After attending the University of Arizona, Tucson, she moved to Denver to pursue her profession as a Psychiatric Nurse Specialist. During this time, she entered analytic training with the Denver group of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysis. She is currently in private practice in Prairie Village, Kansas. Her first book, co-authored with Mary Dian Molton, is Four Eternal Women: Toni Wolff Revisited-A Study in Opposites.
Judith Slimmon is a senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst who lives in Calgary, Alberta and has had a private practice in Analytical Psychology for the past fourteen years. Judith was given her analytic training in Zurich, Switzerland and has lectured and conducted workshops across Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe.
John Todd is a Jungian Analyst based in Evergreen, Colorado. He received his doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a graduate and member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, in addition to the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. A native of Florida, John began his career spending over a decade as a children and families counselor for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast before entering into private practice. In 2006 he relocated to Evergreen with his wife and two children where he established his current practice.
Gary Toub, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and diplomate Jungian analyst practicing in Denver. In his private practice, Dr. Toub provides Jungian analysis and depth psychotherapy tailored to individual needs. He also teaches and supervises students as a Senior Training Analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado. In practice since 1971, he received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona. He holds post-doctoral diplomas from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Research Society for Process-Oriented Psychology. He has also served as past President and Training Director for the Jung Institute of Colorado. Dr. Toub has published numerous articles on Jungian psychology. His popular article on Taoist philosophy and Jungian psychology, The Usefulness of the Useless, was published in Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature (C. Zweig & J. Abrams, Eds., 1991). For more information about Dr. Toub or his practice, see his website at the web address below.
Kaitryn is a certified Jungian analyst in private practice in Broomfield, CO, with a thirty year background as an individual and couples therapist. A graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, her diploma thesis explored women’s development of inner authority, confidence and self-esteem. She is licensed as a therapist in Colorado and Florida and holds National Board Certification as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Kaitryn is an experienced lecturer, group facilitator and consultant who has presented lectures and workshops throughout North America and Europe. Her background includes extensive study and practice of both Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality, self-development and personal growth. In addition to her analytic practice, Kaitryn serves as Co-Director of the Growing Minds Autism Program, where she counsels parents of children with autism.
Stephen K. Witty, Ph.D. practices Jungian analysis in Colorado Springs and Nathrop, Colorado. He is a diplomate graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, an M.F.A. in filmmaking from New York University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University. He has been in private practice since 1982.
In addition to his work as a Jungian analyst, Dr Witty has published short fiction and poetry, and produced and directed documentaries about Jungian psychology, including Where We Are: Jungian Analysts in the 21st Century (2004) and Lyn Cowan, Desire, and the Courageous Heart (2009).
In working in Jungian analysis and psychotherapy, I’m particularly interested in the individual’s “creative process,” using this somewhat overused phrase in its widest sense; not simply the pursuit of artistic expression –which can often be important--but as the central dynamic in any process of psychological growth.
Emeritus Board Members
Glen Carlson is a Senior Jungian Analyst in Denver, Colorado. He received an MA in English from San Francisco State and received his analytic diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland in 1977.
Prior to his work as a therapist, Glen was a music teacher in Northern California, teaching Guitar and composition. In addition, Glen is a WWII Veteran of the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Asia where he “flew the hump” (Gasoline tanker flights from India to China over the Himalayas) and was a radio man on a B-29 crew. Glen’s varied life experiences served to inform his work later in Analytical Psychology.
In 1971, Glen and his wife Jean departed their home in northern California and traveled to Europe where they met up with an old friend who was studying in Zürich on a sabbatical. It was here that Glen discovered his life’s work, Jungian Psychology. He and Jean remained in Zürich for the next 6 years. While at the Institute, Glen worked and studied with Arnold Mindell, Barbra Hannah and Marie Louise Von Franz, among others.
Glen and Jean returned to California after his graduation, and they moved to Denver, Colorado shortly after, in 1980, to begin their practices.
Glen joined the CG Jung Institute of Colorado in that year and was an active member for many years, serving as President until his retirement. Glen retired from practice in 2002.
During his years as a Jungian Analyst, Glen’s work focused on individual analysis, as well as teaching and lecturing in Colorado.
My life began in the wild and beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan. One of 7 children, we had enormous freedom to wander the fields and deep woods around our town, being required only to be home when the church bell rang.
Later when my family moved down to Gross Point, a suburb of Detroit all that changed, and my three brothers and I struggled to become civilized.
At age 21 and influenced by an older friend from NY, I was seized by a desire to live in Greenwich Village and find a job writing. In spite of my parents pleading, I headed east, stumbled into a job copywriting, and found a place in the Village. My brother Martin was enrolled in Columbia Law and this helped satisfy my parents concerns.
Several years later I married and we had three children: Sarah, Ernie and Liz Stires.
My restless young husband moved us first to Washington state and later to San Francisco and then across the bay to Mill valley, after which he took himself back east and we were divorced.
Seeking to restore my life, I opened an art gallery in Mill Valley with 2 friends. We held Saturday night events and one of these was a group called The New Albion Trio in which Glen Carlson was a member. We struck up a friendship and a year later we married. In time his son Minor Carlson came to live with us.
In 1970, a friend in training at the San Francisco Jung Institute introduced us to the work of C.G. Jung. When he went on a grant to Zurich, his letters kept saying “this is your kind of place, you should come here”. How to do it? One night the way forward came to me and we began planning. We arrived in Zurich March 1971 and subsequently Glen was accepted into training.
I had no advanced degree, but took nearly every class offered and loved it; at the same time I completed a BA through an external program from Skidmore College in New York. In 1977 Glen graduated and we returned to Mill Valley where I applied and was accepted into a Masters program at Sonoma State University for which Dr. James Hillman was a visiting professor. I wrote my thesis on the Archetype of the Outsider.
In 1980 we pulled up stakes and came to join the newly formed Jung Institute of Colorado, and I applied to the IRSJA and was accepted for training. My thesis was entitled “The Female Hero on the American Landscape.”
In 1984 I graduated from Jungian training and later served on the admissions committee for 4 years. Additionally, I served for many years on the board of the newly founded Jung Institute here in Colorado. It has been an interesting life.