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Katherine Smith, PsyD

Antioch University Los Angeles

I am an Affiliate Faculty member in the spiritual and depth psychology Specialization. I came to the field of clinical psychology after 10 years of working as a Human Resources consultant in healthcare and tech start-ups. After a few years of “finding myself” I enrolled in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles where I specialized in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. After I graduated, I decided to pursue my doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My dissertation was a qualitative phenomenological study of the clinician experience of treating suicidal patients and I continue to specialize in working with people who suffer from suicidal ideation and chronic depression.

I have trained in a variety of modalities and settings, including LGBTQ+ affirmative psychology at the LA LGBT Center and Angeles Psychology Group, neuropsychology at Cedars-Sinai, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Wright Institute Los Angeles. As a result of my education and training, my clinical approach is broadly psychodynamic with a soupçon of depth and relational psychoanalysis.

In my experience, to be a psychotherapist is a vocation—something to which one is called—and, to paraphrase Jung, I am deeply privileged to witness people’s souls through my work. I have a private practice where I work with adult individuals, couples, and groups using an integrative approach to trauma recovery, relationship issues, and neurodiversity. In addition to my role as Affiliate Faculty in SDP, I also teach and supervise at Wright Institute Los Angeles.

Educational History

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MA) with a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Wright Institute Los Angeles


Antioch University Counseling Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles Psychology Group

Wright Institute Los Angeles

Affiliate Faculty,



Courses Taught

PSY 5310A: Theories of Personality I: Psychodynamic Theories

PSY 5410F: Assessment of Psychopathology

PSY 5010A: Process of Interpersonal Psychotherapy I

PSY 5480: Professional Ethics and the Law

PSY 5630D: Research Methods for Mental Health Professionals

PSY 5310J: Life as Practice: Inner Work, Social Responsibility, and Community Work

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