Christine M. Chao, Ph.D. (Director of Admissions)
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.
Tess Castleman, M.A., L.P.C. (Vice President)
Tess Castleman, M.A., L.P.C., is a Jungian Training Analyst with the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich where she graduated in 1989. In 2005 she was elected the the Curatorium to oversee the English-language training program. Today she lives in Colorado Springs with family nearby. She is also past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of Dallas where she remains active.
She is the author of two volumes as well as numerous articles. Her publications are: Threads, Knots, Tapestries: How a tribal connection is revealed through dreams and synchronicities (2004) and Sacred Dream Circles: A handbook for facilitating dream groups (2009). She has practiced in Zurich, Dallas and Colorado Springs.
Through study with Lakota and Mohawk people as well as research of indigenous traditions throughout the world she developed her model of working with dreams in a group setting; additionally, Ms. Castleman leads retreats to explore the deep psyche through dreams, active imagination and various creative endeavors: Das Tiefengest Institut.
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.
Catherine Givando Chissell BS, RN, MA ( Training Committee Member)
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.
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 Ortenberg, M.A., LMFT (Secretary)
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.
John Todd, Ph.D., LP.C (Associate Director of Training)
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. In his free time he enjoys skiing, hiking, music and reading.
- Psychological Perspectives Journal, Volume 59, Issue 2 2016
“Dreaming the Bat Out of the Shadow”
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.