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Ida LaChiusa

  • PhD student
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute

    Professional experience

    PhD student

    Pacifica Graduate Institute

    October 2010 - Present


    Private Practice

    December 2009 - Present

    Behavioral Health Case Manager

    Wellpoint Behavioral Health

    February 2006 - September 2010(5 years)


    Ph.D. in Depth Psychology

    Pacifica Graduate Institute

    July 2009 - Present

    Master of Social Work

    San Diego State University

    September 1997 - May 1999(2 years)

    B.S. in Biology

    Drexel University

    September 1988 - June 1993(5 years)


    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California, maintaining a private practice for North San Diego County, serving the communities of Escondido, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Encinitas. My practice draws from a blend of existential, contemplative, and Jungian perspectives. I also offer concrete approaches through mindfulness-based and body-oriented therapies to help clients work with difficulties in the present moment. Dream-work and the expressive arts can also be incorporated into the healing process. I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program for Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My research interests include neurobiology and non-verbal therapeutic modalities (ie, sandplay, body-work, play and art therapy), post-partum depression, and the relationship between culture and mental illness.