Wendy Phillips, PhD, LMFT is a psychologist, psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her work is also informed by principles of Depth Psychology, and she has found that depth perspectives provide an excellent frame for her ethnographic research.
Her clinical interests include culturally relevant psychotherapy, culturally informed conceptualizations of mental illness, group work, the ritual as a psychotherapeutic intervention, dream work in groups, and the incorporation of the Expressive Arts Therapy in psychotherapy.
The history of Psychoanalysis and ways in which Freudian and Jungian analytic practices may be made relevant to clients of diverse backgrounds in general and to immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America specifically are the foci of her current work.
Wendy’s research interests include the metaphysical beliefs and traditional healing practices of women of African and North American indigenous descent. Her research project along La Costa Chica of the Pacific coast of Mexico combines phenomenological interviews with photographic processes. She has recently published papers on healing rituals related to beliefs in totem animals and on the archetypal conservation of a deity from the Yoruba religious pantheon in the Afromestizo communities of Mexico.
She is interested in traditional indigenous African religious systems such as the Yoruba and Vodun. She is also interested in hip hop music and culture and possible references to traditional indigenous African ritual practices and archetypes. Her paper, “The Hip Hop Video: An Example of a Traditional Indigenous African Ritual performed in Cyberspace,” co-authored by her son Carson, has been recently accepted for publication in the Screening Noir.
Wendy’s artwork has been exhibited widely, including “La Sombra y el Espiritu,” a two-person exhibit in collaboration with the Dominican painter Lucia Mendez, at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; “La Limpia,” in conjunction with the Festival Afrocaribeno, Fototeca Juan Malpica Mimende, Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, in the Puerto de Veracruz, Mexico; and at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Wendy completed her first year of training in the New Orleans Jungian Seminar, part of the first phase of Jungian Analyst training. She has also begun the three-year training program in Embodied Imagination led my Jungian Analysts Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer.
In March 2014, she attended the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) Regional Meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. There she received training from therapists from Guatemala, Argentina, and Mexico.
Visit her website at www.diasporacitizen.com.