Jacob Kaminker, PhD

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California (PSY 26445). In addition to psychotherapy practice, I am a Professor in the Master’s in Counseling Psychology program at the John F Kennedy College of Psychology at National University, where I train license-track Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). I also supervise license-track interns in their clinical training.

Previously, I was Chair of Holistic Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), Founding Director of the Depth Psychotherapy Program and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at JFKU. I have also been on faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA, at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA, and at the Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies in Bangalore, India.

I am a past President of the San Francisco Psychological Association, and have sat on the board of directors for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and the Association of Transpersonal Psychology. I have published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals and given talks internationally.

Selected Publications

Kaminker, J. & Lukoff, D. (in press). Transpersonal Models of Mental Health and Illness (2nd edition). In G. Hartelius & H. Friedman (Eds.), Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kaminker, J. (2024). Wildfire and Asylum: A Terrapsychological Approach to Backyard Pilgrimage. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 83.

Kaminker, J. [Ed.] (2016). Jung and transpersonal psychology: Special issue. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 35(2), 1-12.

Kaminker, J. (2016). Images, figures and qualities: Clarifying the relationship between individual and archetype. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 35(2), 1-12.

Garcia-Romeu, A., Himelstein, S. P., & Kaminker, J. (2014). Self-transcendent experience: A grounded theory study. Qualitative Research, Retrieved from http://qrj.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/25/ 1468794114550679

Kaminker, J. (2014). Mediumship and psychopathology. In A. Rock (Ed.), Mediumship: Theoretical and Empirical Dimensions. Jefferson NC: McFarland and Co.

Kaminker, J. & Lukoff, D. (2013). Transpersonal Models of Mental Health and Illness. In G. Hartelius & H. Friedman (Eds.), Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Media Mentions

KTVU Fox 2 October 2015, CA Interviewed live on television on “The Four” News program “The Therapeutic Value of Adult Coloring Books and the Use of Art in Clinical Practice”

Allay, E. (2016) San Francisco Chronicle, The streets’ sickest, costliest: the mentally ill

International Presentations

International Conference on Mental Well Being (ICMWB)

5th Annual International Conference on Spirituality and Psychology 

Bali, Indonesia; March 2020

Conference presentation

“Wildfire and Asylum: A Depth-Ecopsychological Approach to  Backyard Pilgrimage”

Association for Transpersonal Psychology 

Pacific Grove, CA; April 2019

Invited Panel

“The Future of Transpersonal Education”

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference 

Berkeley, CA; February 2019

Invited Preconference Symposium

“Embodied Self-expression and Creative Ways of Knowing: Expressive Arts for Personal Growth and in Community”

with Doreen Maller and Albert Wong

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference 

Berkeley, CA; March 2019

“Engaging the Introjected “Other” Through Imagination and Multimodal Expressive Arts” with Jay Louie and Lauren Hammond

International Association for the Study of Dreams

Scottsdale, AZ; June 2018

“The Liminal Plane Between Sleep and Awake: Hypnagogia and Creativity”

with Naomi Panina Kimmelman

Multidisciplinary Conference on Jungian Psychology: The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychology

International Association for Jungian Studies

Cape Town, South Africa; July 2017

“Conversing with Non-Egoic Intelligence through the Mystical Imagination”

Trauma: Experience of Therapy

Institute for Social and Political Psychology National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences

Kyiv, Ukraine; June 2017 

“Mask-Making in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference 

Hong Kong; October 2015

“Flowing Downward and Outward: Imagination and the Arts”

International Transpersonal Conference, Alubrat

Salvador, Brazil, September 2015

“Blooming the Imaginal Flower: Mystical Imagination and Creativity”

International Association for the Study of Dreams International Conference

Virginia Beach, VA; June 2015

“Plumbing the Depths: Imaginal Approaches to Exploring Dreams”

California School of Professional Psychology

May 2015; San Francisco, CA

 Invited lecture on “The Use of Dreams in Clinical Practice”

Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology The Graduate Center, City University of New York

May 2015, presented by co-author Albert Garcia-Romeu        

“Mapping the Phenomenology and Persisting Effects of Self-Transcendence:

Towards a Preliminary Grounded Theory of Transcendent Experience”

Expressive Therapies Summit

New York, NY; November 2014

“Practical Expressive Therapies Techniques for Working with Groups”

University of Cambridge Joint Jungian/Lacanian Conference

Cambridge, UK; September 2014

“The Golem and the Anthropomorphized Unconscious”

International Association for the Study of Dreams International Conference

Berkeley, CA; June 2014

“Bridging the Divide: Imagination-Based Tools for Building Relationship with Dreams”

International Association for the Study of Dreams International Conference Berkeley, CA; June 2014 “Bridging the Divide: Imagination-Based Tools for Building Relationship with Dreams”

Global Transpersonal Symposium

Palo Alto, CA, February 2014

“Education Panel”

European Transpersonal Association Conference

Chisinau, Moldova; September 2013

“Infinite Potential: Harnessing the Power of the Imagination”

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference 

Berkeley, CA; March 2013 

“Filling the Sails of Creativity: Internal imagery and the arts”

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference 

Berkeley, CA; March 2013 

“The Future of IEATA”

European Transpersonal Association Conference

Barcelona, Spain; October 2008 

“Shifting Individual and Cultural Goals of Development”

International Association for the Study of Dreams International Conference

Montreal, Canada; July 2008 

Visionary Paths Symposium 

“Dream as Moral Parable