Professional Experience

Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD
Psychologist and Jungian Analyst

I am certified as a Jungian Analyst and a member of the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 22774).

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Meridian University (formerly Institute of Imaginal Studies) in Sonoma County, California, which provided extensive training in imaginal and Jungian oriented psychotherapy, as well as somatic, mindfulness, psychodynamic, shamanic and ecopsychology approaches. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, and my Juris Doctor (JD) from UCLA.

I serve as a member of the core faculty in the Masters’ Program in Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. Previously, I served as a member of the core faculty at Meridian University in Petaluma (2006-2010). In my role as Director of Student Development, I served as graduate student advisor and as Director of Research, I chaired numerous dissertation committees.

 I recently completed a book based on original research of the experience of Jews who had lost connection to the sacred because of transgenerational transmission of trauma. In it I explore how engaging mythic imagination and collective memory through ritual and study provides a pathway to reconnecting with the sacred.

As Director of the Family Trauma Research and Treatment Program in Santa Rosa from 2006-2009, I directed a program that provided group, family, couples and individual therapy to hundreds of men, women and children. I developed a specialty using mindfulness-based approaches for people healing from depression and anxiety, recovering from trauma and abuse, and fostering improved communication in creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

I trained at the Lomi Clinic in Santa Rosa and completed the Lomi Applied Somatics Program, an extensive training in mindfulness, Gestalt and somatic therapy approaches.

In addition to my psychology training and experience, I worked as an attorney advocate for community and social justice organizations, and organized citywide movements for progressive voter education and reform. I co-founded an organization dedicated to supporting Native American efforts for sovereignty, and on behalf of environmental organizations to protect the sensitive habitats of the north coast region. I am a certified mediator, and am trained in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution.

Memberships: Member Analyst, CG Jung Institute of San Francisco, Redwood Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, California State Bar (inactive status).

Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD

Psychologist and Jungian Analyst

621 Cherry Street, Suite 2

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA, 95404

(707) 528-2441