Brian Tierney,  Adjunct Faculty for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MCP) program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA. Brian Tierney

Adjunct Faculty
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MCP)

PhD, MA, Meridian University

BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Brian Tierney holds a PhD in Somatic Psychology and has, for over a decade, been an international trainer of somatic clinicians. As a somatic practitioner trainer, Brian aids people in working more skillfully with the physiology of the nervous system to build resilience, release trauma, and alleviate chronic pain. His doctoral project was an integrative approach to Psychology weaving together Somatic Psychology, Anthropology, Jungian Psychology, Drama Therapy, and General Systems Theory. Brian is trained as a facilitator in the Social Artistry method created by Jean Houston, an arts-based and drama/narrative therapy approach that fosters community development and societal transformation. He has facilitated groups interested in Jungian Archetypes since 2003 and has an enduring scholarly and clinical interest in the dynamics of Jung’s collective unconscious. In formal higher education he has taught Somatic Psychology, Mindbody Healing, and Authentic Engagement courses for Sofia University and Psychopathology/Psychological Assessment for CIIS.

Doctor Tierney was an integrative clinical bodywork practitioner since 1999 and has a multiplicity of experiences including working with cancer patients and first nation populations in New Zealand, stewarding rites of passage events for men and boys, and providing drama therapy in group settings. His thousands of hours of training in the healing arts and sciences include certificates in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, EMDR, Leadership and Social Transformation, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Advanced Breathing Facilitation, Yoga Teaching, Clinical Hypnosis, Transformational Dance, Drama Therapy, and a plethora of Clinical Massage modalities.

Brian is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in hands-on somatic approaches to trauma resolution. He is an eclectic psychotherapist who uses a combination of talk therapy and education with individuals, families, couples, children, and groups. He is also a seasoned dancer with over 20 years of experience in modalities such as Contact Improvisation, Capoeira, and Authentic Movement. 

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