Gina EdwardsPortland, OR

    Gina Copeland Edwards (MA in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, 1998 & PhD in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Psychotherapy, 2015) came in mid-life to the study of Jung’s psychology after working in the defense industry as a manufacturing and quality engineer for 14 years at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. She holds licensure in both Texas and Oregon as a Licensed Professional Counselor. After completing her MA, she honed her therapeutic acumen at several agencies in the Dallas metro area, including on-call support at a psychiatric in-patient hospital, working with youth and children at a county mental health agency, and as a research assistant at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Bipolar Disorder Clinic in Dallas. In summer of 2001 she joined her fiancé (now husband) in Austin, Texas, where she counseled youth and families at a county juvenile detention center. Five years after completing the MA, she opened a private practice in Austin where she assisted youth and adults for eight years, during which time she returned to Pacifica to complete her PhD. Immediately after defending her dissertation, Resurrecting Medusa: Facing the Fierce Feminine, Gina and her husband moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she is opening another private practice. Upon arriving in Eugene, Gina immediately sought her Pacifica cohort in Oregon and was delighted to join with Maura Conlon-McIvor, PhD, and Jessica Blaschke, MA, as a PGIAA regional coordinator. Still and forever in relation with her very challenging muse, Medusa, Gina hopes to continue her research into the profound ways in which dark and foreboding aspects of the archetypal feminine are pejoratively portrayed in classical Western myth, perpetuating an unconscious wound upon the collective Western psyche’s perceptions of the feminine. Her journeys to, through, and back home from Pacifica sometimes lead Gina along a dark and winding bath, but the journey nourished her soul by helping her to recover her authentic self, still a work in progress, and one that she hopes enables her to help others.

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