Willow Pearson, Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program (PsyD) at CIIS Willow Pearson

Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology
School of Professional Psychology and Health

PsyD, Wright Institute
MA, Naropa University
BA, Stanford University

Dr. Pearson is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a nationally board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). In summer 2020, Dr. Pearson joined the core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department at CIIS. Previously, she has taught doctoral students at Alliant International University in San Francisco, undergraduate and graduate students at Naropa University, and graduate students at John F. Kennedy University and Notre Dame de Namur University. Her website is drwillowpearson.com.

Dr. Pearson’s 20 years of licensed clinical work includes experience in private practice, as well as at medical centers and hospitals (serving inpatients and outpatient clients), community clinics, and mental health centers. In these settings, she has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples and groups. Her clinical background includes training in psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, integral, relational, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, expressive arts, somatic, existential, contemplative and transpersonal therapy, and brief approaches with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups.

Across a range of clinical settings, Dr. Pearson has provided crisis intervention, assessment, brief therapy, group therapy, music therapy and depth psychotherapy, from an integral relational perspective. Dr. Pearson’s private psychotherapy practice is in Oakland, on the border of Emeryville, in the East Bay.

Dr. Pearson’s research interests include relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, integral psychology and psychotherapy, dreams, psychological defenses, sexuality, spirituality, and creativity. Beyond her formal training, clinical experience, and teaching in psychology, Dr. Pearson’s work with patients is informed by dedicated personal practice and study in meditation, music, and yoga. She is a singer and songwriter; she has recorded five albums of music, four of which are composed of original songs.

In November 2020, Dr. Pearson’s book, The Spiritual Psyche: Mysticism, Intersubjectivity and Psychoanalysis, co-edited with Dr. Helen Marlo, was published.

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