We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that may prove to be.

Mary Sarton, Poet

About Me

Katherine Olivetti
Katherine Olivetti
Photo by Peter Olivetti, Olivetti Designs

About Katherine

My professional training began at Columbia University in New York where I earned an MSSW.  As soon as I completed the program I worked at the Center for Life Enrichment and Renewal, a pastoral counseling center. Prior to Columbia I had begun a training in pastoral counseling at a center affiliated with the Institutes of Religion and Health, and once I completed the MSSW I did the second part of that program. I was very interested in the interface between psychology and spirituality, and still am.  Next I attended the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and trained as a family therapist. I worked with Ilana Rubenfeld and studied her body/mind method.  Later, I attended the C. G. Jung Institute of New York to become a Jungian psychoanalyst.  There I later taught and became its president. For many years I was a clinical instructor at the Child Study Center at Yale University, part of the School of Medicine, where I taught and supervised post-graduate fellows.  

Even though I have had a private practice as a psychotherapist and Jungian psychoanalyst for many years, I have continued to be curious about other modalities and approaches to wellness, vitality, and healing. Recently I attended a year-long course at Stanford University in the neurobiology of the brain, completed Leadership Training, a rigorous year-long course through the Coach Training Institute, and have also completed courses in the coach training program from the same group.  Throughout my years of clinical practice, I have taught classes and seminars in person and online, designed and conducted workshops,and convened learning groups.  In addition to my work as a therapist, I am also a writer and editor.  For the past 5 years I have served as Editor-in-Chief of the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, a scholarly quarterly published by the C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco. 

An area of interest and expertise is working with dreams. Whether it’s a dreamer puzzled by a dream, a therapist who is stumped by a dream brought to her by a client, or creative folks who want channel their energy into creative work, I am ready to help mine the riches that are to be found in the dream world. Dreams are a source of wisdom that is always pointing a person toward health and wholeness, and opening new channels of creativity. Through the process of dream work I want to help a person access the valuable inner resources. In addition to my regular psychotherapy/psychoanalysis practice, I am available for single dream work sessions–where together we look at one dream and see where the unconscious is leading.

I bring an assembly of skills and interests to my work with every individual and group and tailor our work according to specific needs. Over the years clients have brought me many different types of problems to work with:  self esteem, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, transitions, residue from trauma, creative blocks, and figuring out what project comes next.  Above all, my goal is to help every person fulfill the potential and healing capacity that is within.

What you’ll get when you work with me is:  A very experienced and well-trained therapist/coach/psychoanalyst who cares deeply about growth and development; A curious listener who will always tell you what’s on her mind, share insights, and will actively engage with you; A relentless seeker who is eager to continue learning and implementing new discoveries about the mind.  I work in person, by phone, and by video, and arrange sessions and events according to a mutually convenient schedule.

When I am not working I love to hang out with my Australian Shepherd, Patch; cook gourmet meals; read about the brain, mythology, and memoirs; occasionally knit, putter in the garden; walk on any beach; and spend time with my precious family.

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