- Philippe Berthoud
John F. Kennedy University
A licensed psychotherapist and adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University. He teaches in French and English, in the San Francisco area and in several European Countries, including France, Ireland and Switzerland. His courses and published articles focus on the interface between psychology and spirituality. Some of his classes have included "Happiness and its Pursuit" and "Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool". His work was featured on French-American TV, and in the Spring of 2012 he will lecture on "Spirituality and the Queer Communities" at the Campbell campus of JFK University.
Philippe was born in 1951 in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. He studied English and Italian Literatures at Bristol and Perugia Universities, Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and he earned a B.A. in Political Science from Geneva University. A period of spiritual seeking followed, which led him to work in an Israeli kibbutz, live in Swiss and French monastic communities, and travel to India and Nepal, studying their religious traditions. He then embraced a humanitarian career with the International Red Cross, which took him to Africa and Asia.
In 1986 he came to the United States, where he received his M. A. in Counseling Psychology. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and is the Founding Director of the COIL Foundation, an organization working to eliminate discrimination against LGBT people.