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Jen Cross, MA, MFA


A widely-anthologized writer and educator, Jen Cross has facilitated writing workshops for over a decade. In 2003, Jen founded Writing Ourselves Whole, an organization that offers Amherst Writers and Artists method writing workshops, creating spaces in which the true and complicated stories of the body might emerge. Jen is the author of Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Mango, 2017). She received her MA from Goddard College in Transformative Language Arts, and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Programs and Courses

  • CNS5039 - Self-Exploration: Writing Your Story (Online)

Area of Expertise

  • Consciousness and Transformative Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing as Transformative Practice
  • Healing through Journaling
  • Composition
  • Editing
  • Workshop Facilitation


  • Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma. (Mango, 2017)
  • “The Story of a Common Girl,” Under the Gum Tree, October 2017
  • "Coming Home," Matador Review, Fall 2017
  • "Safe," The Elephants, August 16, 2017
  • “Writing Our Survival: Transformative writing for survivors and those who love them,” Survivorship Journal, Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2014.
  • “Sisters: A Deology,” The Healing Art of Writing 2010, University of California Press, 2011.
  • Editor of Survivorship Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, Summer 2010
  • “Communities of scars” (review of Live Through This, Essence and Artifice, and Scars Tell Stories). make/shift: feminisms in motion, issue 4, Fall/Winter 2008.
  • "Surface Tensions," Nobody Passes: Rejecting the rules of gender and conformity, Seal Press, 2006.

Credentials & Accolades

San Francisco State University, MFA in Creative Writing, 2018
Goddard College, MA in Transformative Language Arts, 2003
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification I, 2001
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification II, 2002
Dartmouth College, BA, Cognitive Science, 1996

College of Psychology

Susan San Tara, M.A., MFT


Susan San Tara, M.A., M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist, and Certified Hakomi Teacher. Susan has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000. In 2007, Susan co-founded Anam Cara Healing Center, a community based therapy center in Berkeley California. Susan teaches to both clinical professionals and the general public, and also has served as adjunct faculty for The California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco. Susan received a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. In addition to body-centered and mindfulness-focused psychotherapy, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and Earth based healing approaches for over 20 years. Weaving wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, a love of the divine mystery, and a profound respect for the human creature are the cornerstones of her work. Essential to Susan’s therapeutic and teaching work is her warm, nurturing, and friendly style, which sets the tone for a dynamic growth environment.


  • Counseling Psychology -Holistic


Diagnosis and Assessment – The Hakomi Character Map
The Hakomi Method of Somatic Psychotherapy

College of Psychology

Sue Martin, MA, REAT


Sue Martin has been on the faculty since 2007. For over 30 years, Sue pioneered new community and educational efforts to enhance embodied wellness. In 1977, Sue co-founded one of the first shelters for battered women in the country and in 1980, Futures without Violence.

Sue is a passionate, dynamic and compassionate teacher. She has supported students to listen to the body’s wisdom, to know the depth of sensitivity and knowing that lies therein and to express one’s realization through one’s embodiment.

Sue has a private practice in Berkeley and is a long-time student of the Diamond Heart School for Spiritual Development, where she is currently in the teacher-training program.


  • Counseling Psychology- Holistic


Expressive Movement

Holistic Psychology Approaches to Trauma and PTSD

Somatic Psychology Approaches to Trauma and PTSD

Advanced Clinical Skills

Selected Publications

Somatic Practices Develop Somatic Capacity: Retraining Body, Mind and Heart (article 2010).

Using the Body’s Wisdom to Heal Trauma: A Somatic Expressive Arts Approach to Healing Trauma (self published book, 2001).

Credentials & Accolades

BA from Stanford University

MA from Sonoma State University

Former Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women, San Francisco

College of Psychology

Siegmar Gerken, PhD


Siegmar Gerken, PH.D., ECP, HP (Psychotherapy) studied psychology, education and anthropology. He pioneered body-oriented and mindfulness-centered therapy and Humanistic and Somatic Psychology since 1971. He is on the faculty of JFK University Somatic Psychology, at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Hamburg and teaches at universities and private institutes worldwide on the interconnectedness of psychosomatic processes as they manifest on the levels of body, emotions, mind, will and consciousness. His research in energy field documentation with Prof. F.Popp on psycho-emotional states opened new horizons to scientists and practitioners. Dr Gerken is co-founder of the Scientific Committee of the EABP and is a lecturer, therapist, trainer and supervisor.


  • Counseling Psychology- Holistic


Supervised Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Body Structure, Regulation, and Self-Direction

Selected Publications

Fallstudie der Core Evolution: Der schizoide Prozess; in Handbuch der Körperpsychotherapie, Schattauer. Berlin, 2006

Interview: Love is the Resonance with the Flow of Life. Mendocino, California, 2007

Die psychosomatische Einheit des Menschen – Eine Fallstudie in Der Freie Arzt. Hamm, Germany, 2009

Earthquake Trauma Relief Work with Body-Oriented Therapy Methods in Chile
July 2010 in EABP Newsletter, Summer 2010, Amsterdam, Holland 2010

The Body of Being and Becoming Core Evolution in Theory and Practice (forthcoming)
Synthesis Verlag, Essen, Germany and Core Evolution Publishing, Mendocino, California

Developing body-mind-oriented trainings for Osteopaths, 2010 to present C.R.O.M.O.N. Rome, Italy (accreditation for Osteopaths, Nurses, Psychologist and Medical Doctors: 34573)

Die psychosomatische Einheit des Menschen- eiene Fallstudie
Energie & Charakter (2011), Band 35.

Röhricht, MD, FRCPsych, Frank, Siegmar Gerken, PhD, Maurizio Stupiggia, and Joop Valstar, PhD.
“Selected Treatment Options for Anxiety in Alternative and Complementary Therapies.”
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2013): volume 19 no. 6 Dec. 2013.

Transpersonal Dimensions of Embodiment: Expanding our Realm of Consciousness and our Therapeutic Approach. (2017) Metamorphosis: Dis-Integration, Re-Integration, Conscious Living, Transpersonal Perspectives from Theory, Practice and Research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Credentials & Accolades

APA (American Psychology Association)

EABP (European Association for Bodypsychotherapy and its Forum, which sets European guidelines for training standards)

EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy)

DGK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für KörperPsychotherapie)

College of Psychology

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT


Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is Co- Director of the Center for Healing Shame, a continuing education provider, teaching Healing Shame workshops to therapists. She co-created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania. Sheila has trained in AEDP, EFT, Hakomi and Drama Therapy and has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive modalities to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie toxic family dynamics, eating disorders, and addictions. Her expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books. She offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and also offers consultation to therapists over Skype.

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  • Counseling Psychology- Holistic

Sheila is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer through NADTA. She has studied AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) with Diana Fosha and EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy) with Sue Johnson. She is an alumnus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and past adjunct faculty for the CIIS Drama Therapy Program. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University’s Somatic Psychology Department. Sheila has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive modalities to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie eating disorders, addictions and toxic family dynamics.

Sheila’s expertise, teaching and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books. Her writings on shame include the chapter “Women, Food and Feelings: Drama Therapy with Women Who Have Eating Disorders” in the book The Creative Therapies and Eating Disorders and the chapter “Almost Magic: Working with the Shame that Underlies Depression: Using Drama Therapy in the Imaginal Realm” in the book The Use of Creative Therapies in Treating Depression (both books edited by Stephanie Brooke).

Sheila is also the creator of Embodied Life Story Workshops, a theater for shy people and form of Drama Therapy she established 20 years ago that weaves writing, Jungian dreamwork, imagination, and improvisation into improvised embodied storytelling. She has directed over 25 full-length self-revelatory performances as the capstone of drama therapy program at CIIS, and hundreds of mini self-revelatory performances from workshops. She trained in Hakomi with Ron Kurtz and John Eisman in Portland in 1991 and came to the bay area in 1992 to study Drama Therapy at CIIS Drama Therapy Dept with Renee Emunah. She also took classes with the Traveling Jewish Theater Co as well as Authentic Movement, NIA and more. She also taught preschool many years ago and developed music, storytelling and magic for young children that transformed into the child therapy classes she teaches.


The Body in Society, Child Therapy

Selected Publications

Chapters: Almost Magic, Working with the Shame that Underlies Depression in The Use of the Creative Therapies in Treating Depression, Ed Stephanie Brooke and Charles Meyers. Women Food and Feelings in The Creative Therapies and Eating Disorders ed Stephanie Brooke, and Shame and Counter-transference in CAMFT magazine the Therapist

Credentials & Accolades

MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy from CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, 1996, MFT License #36484 1/2000, RDT, Registered Drama Therapist #180 10/97 NADTA- National Association of Drama Therapy, BCT, Board Certified Trainer #50 through NADTA. 2006 Outstanding Chapter Leader for San Francisco CAMFT presidency


Samuel A. Malkemus, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University. Together with Marina T. Romero he is the founder and director of the Institute of Holistic Transformation in Berkeley, CA. A fifth generation Californian who divides his time between California and Spain, he leads courses and seminars in holistic sexuality and transformative education both internationally and in the San Francisco bay area. With a private practice in holistic counseling he is committed to helping his clients find vibrant health by working with body, heart, mind, and spirit.


  • Consciousness & Transformative Studies
  • Counseling Psychology - Holistic


Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Advanced Writing and Publishing



Recent Advances in Pediatric and Geriatric Psychopharmacology

Final Integrative Project

Selected Publications

Malkemus, S. A. (2014). Reclaiming instinct: Exploring the phylogenetic unfolding of animate being. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Prepublished January, 24, 2014. doi: 10.1177/0022167813519166

Malkemus, S. A. (2012). Toward a general theory of enaction: Biological, phenomenological, and transpersonal dimensions, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 44(2), 201-223.

Malkemus, S. A. & Romero, M. T. (2012). Sexuality as a transformational path: Exploring the holistic dimensions of human vitality, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(3), 112-118.

Publications available at:

Credentials & Accolades

PhD, Psychology, East-West (2013) summa cum laude, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

MA, Philosophy and Religion, with concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (2007) magna cum laude, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

BA, Psychology, Minor in Fine Art (2004) cum laude, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

College of Psychology

Rob Fisher, MA, MFT, CHT


Rob Fisher, M.F.T. (License # MT 22886), is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist and of a number of book chapters and articles published internationally on couples therapy and the pyschodynamic use of mindfulness for publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, The Therapist, The Journal Of Couples Therapy, The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal and others.

An advocate of the use of mindfulness and present experience in psychotherapy, he is an adjunct professor at JFK University. As the Co-Developer of the Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate Program at CIIS, he has brought together many of the leaders in the realms of mindfulness and psychotherapy in one of the only programs in the US that teaches, not just the skills pf psychotherapy, but helps participants develop their internal state as well.

He is a speaker at conferences and workshops around the country such as CAMFT, USABP, The Psychotherapy Networker, The Couples Conference, and The Relationship Council where he presents as a peer, master or keynote speaker. Teaching internationally, he is a Hakomi Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychotherapy Trainer and a director of Hakomi Institute of California.


  • Holistic Psychology
  • Somatic Studies


Case Studies

Selected Publications

Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples – A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist

College of Psychology

Niralli D'Costa


Niralli is a CA licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT #54007), certified ecotherapist, and teacher and practitioner of innovative energy healing modality Syntara System. She has a private practice in Oakland, CA where she sees individuals and couples, coordinates the peer counseling program at San Francisco Women Against Rape, and is adjunct faculty at JFKU’s Somatic Psychology and Consciousness and Transformation studies programs. Niralli also teaches in the Piedmont Yoga Teacher Training and is part of the core teaching team at Syntara System School of Energy Awareness.


  • Counseling Psychology- Holisitic
  • Consciousness and Transformation


Integrative Final Project A and B and Movement Seminar A and B in the Somatic Psychology Program

Body Consciousness Body Wisdom in the Consciousness and Transformation studies program online and in Pleasant Hill


LOYD AUERBACH, MS (Parapsychology), Adjunct Professor on JFKU faculty since 1983. Faculty at Atlantic University, HCH Institute, & the Rhine Education Center. President, Forever Family Foundation, & on the Board of Directors, Rhine Research Center. Author/co-author of 10 books, including ESP WARS: East and West, Psychic Dreaming, Mind Over Matter, and Self-Publishing: It Ain’t Rocket Science. His media appearances on TV, radio/podcasts, & print number in the thousands. Currently a Librarian Relations Consultant for LexisNexis, he also works as a professional speaker, parapsychologist, professional mentalist/psychic entertainer, public speaking & media coach, & professional chocolatier.


  • Consciousness & Transformative Studies


Self-Marketing: Publishing & Traditional Media

Selected Publications

“Anomalous Cognition/ESP and Psychokinesis Research in the United States,” with Dominic Parker and Sheila Smith. Chapter in EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION: Support, Skepticism, and Science (2 volumes), ed. By Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha. Praeger Publishing, 2015.

“Interactive Apparitions.” Chapter in SURVIVING DEATH: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife. New York: Crown Archetype, 2017.

MIND OVER MATTER, reprinted edition. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2017.

PSYCHIC DREAMING, revised edition. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2017.

SELF-PUBLISHING: IT AIN’T ROCKET SCIENCE, co-authored with Richard L. Wren. Lafayette, CA: Poor Richard Publishers, 2015.

ESP WARS: EAST & WEST: An Account of the Military Use of Psychic Espionage as Narrated by the Key Russian and American Players, co-authored with Edwin C. May and Victor Rubel. Palo Alto, CA: Laboratories for Fundamental Research, 2014. New printing (2016 from Crossroad Press) includes Joseph W. McMoneagle as an additional author.

ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook. New York: Warner Books, 1986. 30th Anniversary reprint edition published October 2016 by the author.

THE GHOST DETECTIVES’ GUIDE TO HAUNTED SAN FRANCISCO, co-authored with Annette Martin. Fresno, CA: Craven Street Books/Linden Publishing, 2011.

A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium. Dallas, TX: Atriad Press, 2005.


GHOST HUNTING: How to Investigate the Paranormal. Oakland, CA: Ronin Publishing, 2004.

PSYCHIC DREAMING (2nd edition). New York: Barnes & Noble Books, Summer 1999.

MIND OVER MATTER: A Comprehensive Guide to Discovering Your Psychic Powers. New York: Kensington Books, 1996. New edition forthcoming from Llewellyn Worldwide in July 2017.

REINCARNATION, CHANNELING AND POSSESSION: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook. New York: Warner Books, 1993. Kindle edition: 2012.

PSYCHIC DREAMING: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook. New York: Warner Books, 1991.
“Parapsychology for Ghost Hunters.” EXPOSED, UNCOVERED, AND DECLASSIFIED: GHOSTS, SPIRITS, & HAUNTINGS: Am I Being Haunted. Pye, Michael & Dalley, Kirsten, editors. Pompton Plains, NJ: New Page Books/Career Press, 2011.

“Afterword.” FROM SHAMAN TO SCIENTIST: Essays on Humanity’s Search for Spirits. Houran, James, editor. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2004.

“PSYCHIC FRONTIERS,” a regular column in FATE Magazine, appeared monthly from April 1991 through February 1996. Bimonthly (even numbered months) April 1996 through December 2004. List of titles/topics of columns available upon request.

“Psychic Frontiers: The Last 50 Years: A Quick Look Back.” FATE magazine, March 1998.

“PSI and the Jedi.” FATE Magazine, February, 1997

“The Case for ESP”. OPEN EXCHANGE, March-April, 1995.

“Stargate: The CIA and Psi.” FATE Magazine, April 1996

“Paranormal Programming Invades Primetime.” FATE Magazine, November 1994.

“The Psychic Side of STAR TREK.” FATE Magazine, August 1993.

Credentials & Accolades

M.S. in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University
Board of Directors, Rhine Research Center
President, Forever Family Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board, Windbridge Research Center
Scientific Advisory Board, Forever Family Foundation
Meeting of the Minds Liaison (annual meeting), Psychic Entertainers Association
Professional Chocolatier Certificate of Achievement, Ecole Chocolat
1987 Distinguished Alumni Award, John F. Kennedy University


Linda Mastrangelo is an author, educator, artist and psychotherapist with a private practice specializing in grief, loss and dream studies in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also an adjunct professor for the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program at John F. Kennedy University. As a prolific dreamer since childhood, she discovered the remarkable potential of dreams as “good medicine.” Over the years, she has developed techniques that have empowered people to make more mindful changes in their lives and communities.

With years of training, facilitations, consultations and award winning research on using dreams as a therapeutic model, Linda has presented this work internationally in many institutes and organizations including; International Association for the Study of Dreams, John F. Kennedy University, California Association for Marriage Family Therapists, Hospice of the Valley, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and The Dream Institute of Northern California. She also facilitates groups, training and consulting other therapists as well as those who seek guidance from their dreams.

In 2009, Linda was The Examiner’s first dream columnist and has written for other numerous publications including Good Therapy, The Dream Tribe, Lucid Dreaming Experience, DreamTime Magazine, Immanence; The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folklore and as a contributor for two highly anticipated books; Sleep Monsters and Superheroes; Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay and Dreams that Change Our Lives.

Linda serves on the Board of Directors, is Editor of Dream News and is Continuing Education Administrator for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.


  • Consciousness and Transformative Studies


Sleep, Dreams, and States of Consciousness

Selected Publications

Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay, Clare R. Johnson & Jean M. Campbell (Editors) http://www.abc-clio.com/Praeger/PrintProduct.aspx?pc=A4996C

Dreams that Change Our Lives http://chironpublications.com/shop/dreams-change-lives-publication-international-association-study-dreams/
Immanence Journal “What’s in a Name? The Archetype of the Name and its Myth as Personal Calling” Fall 2016 Issue http://immanencejournal.com/wp content/uploads/2016/10/Fall-2016-Immanence-Journal-double-spread-02Dec16.pdf

“Initiation Dreams, Part I: Big Dreams That Change Our Lives” ; Good Therapy https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/initiation-dreams-part-1-big-dreams-that-change-our-lives-0602165

“Initiation Dreams, Part II: Grief and the Underworld” Good Therapy, https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/initiation-dreams-part-ii-grief-and-the-underworld-0727165

“In the Hothouse of Ancestral Hush: Finding the Philosopher’s Stone”; DreamTime Magazine, Winter Issue, 2015

“Animal Dreaming: A Forgotten Eden”; DreamTime Magazine, Fall Issue, 2010. IASD’s 2010 Ernest Hartmann Award Winner.

Credentials & Accolades

M.A., Counseling Psychology specializing in Transpersonal Psychology; Graduate Certificate in Dream Studies John F. Kennedy University

M.A., Professional Writing, University of Southern California

B.A., Liberal Arts, May, New York University

Institute for Dream Studies, Certification

The International Association for the Study of Dreams, Board of Directors, 2012-present

California Association for Marriage Family Therapists, Member, 2011

IASD’s Ernest Hartmann Award Winner “Animal Dreaming: From Forgotten Eden.”

Researcher and Coder for “Emotion and Reflective Awareness in Dreaming: An Integration of Content and Process Approaches”

$2500 grant to the California research team out of Santa Clara University; Tracey L. Kahan, Ph.D. and Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D