Wendy Phillips, PhD, LMFT, is a psychologist, Expressive Arts psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her work is informed by principles of Depth Psychology and psychoanalysis, especially the thread that developed in Argentina during the 20th century, informed by object relations theory and Marxism. She has found that depth perspectives provide an excellent frame for her ethnographic research and her understanding of art. 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 also the foci of her current clinical work.
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 in psychotherapy and community work. Wendy serves as Internship Coordinator and is a Faculty Member in the Expressive Arts Emphasis in the Psychology and Counseling Program at Goddard College. Wendy is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and serves on the Educational Resources Committee. She is also a member by invitation based on portfolio review of SoHo Photography Collective in New York City.
Wendy’s research interests include the metaphysical beliefs and traditional healing practices of women of African and North American indigenous descent in Mexico. 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. Wendy’s 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 journal Screening Noir (University of California Santa Barbara).
In September, 2014 Wendy presented the paper, “La Transferencia, La Contratransferencia y El Objecto Transicional: Psicoterapia Basada en El Psicoanalysis y El Arte Expresiva con Una Nina de 4 Anos” (Transference, Countertransference and Transitional Objects: Psychotherapy Based in Psychoanalysis and Expressive Arts with a 4 Year Old Child) at the 30 Congreso Latinoamericano de Psicoanalisis, Buenos Aires. She also presented an art based poster, “El Tesoro de al Psicoanalisis” (Treasures of Psychoanalysis). The documentary film, “Pelo Duro” by director Tony Romero premiered in Madrid, Spain in 2015 and included an interview with Wendy about hair and identity among people of African descent and also included her photography.
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 two years of training in the New Orleans Jungian Seminar and has completed one and one half years of training in the Embodied Imagination program led by Jungian Analysts Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer. She has recently begun studying with Spanish psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard learning her art based approach to psychoanalysis, Terapeutica de la Imaginacion Material-Dinamica – TIMD (Imaginal Therapy of Moving Elements).
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. She also recently completed a workshop in Intermodal Expressive Arts Practices at Expressive Arts Florida. Together with her colleague, Marco Razo, she has founded “El Colecivo Macondo”, a program of Experiential Expressive Arts, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Training in Mexico.
Visit her website at www.diasporacitizen.com and her blog, “Expressive Arts, Psychotherapy, Travel, and Community”, at www.blog.diasporacitizen.com.