Jaffa Frank, Ph.D.
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Following a B.A. in Business Administration and a career in advertising and marketing, Jaffa Frank shifted to a domestic focus raising daughters, teaching art to elementary school students, and volunteering with hospice. In 2004, she transitioned again and earned her M.A. in counseling from Southwestern College with a concentration in Grief, Loss, and Trauma with additional training in Sand Play Therapy. Therapeutically, she has worked in hospice bereavement counseling and with children struggling with trauma and attachment disorders.
In 2017, Jaffa attained her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology. Her primary focus is in seeing through the concrete manifest to the archetypally significant—the numinous—in all of creation and she has a special affinity for chthonic Goddesses. Jaffa cultivates psycho-mythic, relational understandings of loss and trauma—including disease processes—that engage the creative imagination to mediate meaning-making and build resilience out of suffering. She has found that by turning towards wound or symptom with loving curiosity one opens to mystery and deep wisdom, facilitating reconciliation, healing, and integration of one’s whole identity.
While Jaffa’s training has focused on the depth/archetypal psychological perspectives of C.G. Jung and James Hillman, her work is multidisciplinary including myth and mythopoesis (myth-making), ritual, interpersonal neurobiology, somatics, attachment, and trauma theory. She has a special interest in healing collaborations between humans, nature, and creativity and the power of archetypally integrative narratives to transform psychical and physical well-being. Over the past 25 years Jaffa has developed practices and expertise in dream work, Jungian Active Imagination, Shamanic journeying and healing practices, and cultivating an archetypal perspective of life.