Robert Mitchell M.A.
Robert Mitchell lives in Los Angeles, the city where he was born. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University in 1991 as a member of Theta Chi Beta, the National Religious Studies Honors Society. The Keynote speaker at his induction was Robert Thurman. At Syracuse he had the good fortune of studying with Dr. David Miller whose focus of inquiry was how Carl Jung’s Depth Psychological Theories could be used to understand the religious experience of antiquity, and of our current world. Robert’s specific interest was on how the western mystery schools influenced Carl Jung's Psychology of Religious Experience. Jung saw Astrology and Alchemy as the esoteric religions of antiquity. Of Astrology he once said, "It contains everything that I have found in Psychology and I've yet to find if Psychology has anything to offer her older sister." Jung’s belief that all psychological struggles were at their core, actually religious in nature, was an organizing principle for his studies, and for his present work.
Robert received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 1994. At CIIS, he studied Transpersonal Models of consciousness with dignitaries Ralph Metzner, Stan Grof, and Michael Harner. From 1992-1994 he undertook his counseling internship at the Church Street Counseling Center in San Francisco. At CSCC, he was trained to do therapy by Lu Grey, a long time Gestalt therapist who had been trained by Fritz Perls. At the same time, personal computers had made it possible for him to assemble Astrology Charts, and he found that as soon as he could print them, he could interpret them. Over the past 25 years he has worked with hundreds of people from all walks of life, in several healing modalities. Over time, his inspiration for working with clients has changed. Initially, he used Astrology as a tool to demonstrate the identifiable structures in his client's consciousness which shaped their experiences. Over many years, he has become more interested in identifying the organizing intelligence behind each person’s circumstances, so that a dialogue, and a firsthand experience could be created between his clients and that organizing intelligence. As Carl Jung did, he believes a relationship with the numinous is an important aspect of the continual health of each person, and the places where that experience is blocked, is difficulties emerge. His aspiration is to inspire a recognition and a direct encounter between his clients and the intelligent design behind their life. Thus, creating an ongoing relationship with that intelligence that is restorative, inspiring, practical, and directive.