Suzanne Bates
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  • Minneapolis, MN
  • United States
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Before you go further, please be sure you are applying for membership with YOUR REAL NAME, FIRST AND LAST, or if you are signing up as an organization, publisher, or project, list the organization name here; then list the name of the contact person in the next question.
What are your main areas of interest?
Jungian Psychology, Archetypal Psychology, Mythology, Ecopsychology, Liberation Psychology, Somatic Psychology, Transpersonal Psych, Other
If you are signing up as an Individual Member, do you have a degree in Depth Psychology?
Other degree not listed here
If so, from what institution?
I began my studies in depth psychology with James Dittes @ Yale Divinity School as a part of my Master of Arts in Religion.
Are you a licensed or clinical therapist?
Please share a little about yourself by way of introduction. What draws you to Depth Psychology and what are you looking for from this community?
I believe art, metaphor, myth, and liturgy are at work in our lives. I am interested in the healing process of uniting spirit and matter through tending the symbols that show themselves. I'd like to know more about how the community of practitioners and students of depth psychology engage in helping people find, embrace, and embody lives they value.

I've sought to help students develop individualized degrees for much of my career. Depth psychology has helped me to be a resource for students as they explore their sense of purpose and calling and how to manifest it in and for the world.
Do you belong to any other online Psychology-related communities or orgs? If so, which?
Minnesota Jung Association

Adult Higher Education Alliance

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At 3:46pm on April 20, 2011, Dorene Mahoney said…

Hi Suzanne,

I'm thrilled to have you in the Alliance and the group Encountering the Numinous. I, too, am very interested in that sweet spot where psychology and spirituality meet: the numinous. I invite you to post your comments, experiences and discussion threads--we will all benefit!

At 7:13am on April 18, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…
Love the tree image. History, meaning?
At 6:23pm on April 17, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…


As to going to Pacifica, it was also on my list for about 20 years. In my application I stated that I felt I needed to go to Pacifica in that the school had spent a small fortune in brochures, booklets, and invitations over those 20 years trying to get me to apply. :)  Also many of my students referred to me as Dr. K even after telling them over and over that I did not have my doctorate. I wrote that if I got my PhD at Pacifica, I would make honest people out of them. One moring I looked into the mirror and the Voice said, "If not now, when?" The Voice/God/Psyche/Numinous likes to use one-liners with me and has a wicked sense of humor. 

With such strong family connections, what's holding you back? (Meant to be a friendly question with no agenda but curiosity.) Was lucky enough to have a workshop led by Marion Woodman, met James Hillman and attended one of his talks. So much fun.

Seminary was also a Voice thing as it came to me after many years of thinking I was in control of my life and watching it crash and burn. Great academic challenge but very little in the devotional area (Presbyterian). That remaining hunger led me to spiritual direction and the many non-intellectual ways the Spirit is present in the world, especially in the arts. Your work sounds fascinating especially in that it allows you and your students to step outside the box. I would love hearing more about this as well as anything else you wish to share.

Hope to hear from you again.


At 11:14am on April 17, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Suzanne. Welcome to the Alliance. You have the good karma of being our 600th member! So glad to have you here.

I'm sure you know you'll find many like-minded individuals in the community who would greatly benefit from hearing about your experience with students and also about your involvement in the Minnesota Jung group. I hope you'll jump in and engage s by joining a discussion, commenting on others' posts, or posting links or articles that have moved you in the past. I'll send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site!

At 7:06pm on April 16, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Suzanne,

Fascinating that you got your depth psychological education through a divinity school. Three cheers for you and the divinity school. My seminary only lightly mentioned Jung and went directly on to other areas. Guess that's why I went from seminary to PhD track in depth psych. Glad you are with us and hope you will find much of interest in the blogs, forums, and groups.



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