Brian Stachowiak earned his M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. His 2014 masters’ thesis at Pacifica: “Journey from the Paranoid-Schizoid to the Depressive Position and Beyond: A Gay-Centered Psychoanalytic Perspective” focused on preoedipal development in gay men and explored how early lack of mirroring, internalized negative introjects, and the absence of gay-affirmative myth and archetypal understanding of homosexuality thwarts homosexual psychological development. His thesis concludes with a discussion of rites of passage for gay men which offers an archetype of same-sex love embodied in several myths as a means to foster ego resiliency, strengthen a capacity for gay love, and illuminate a path towards individuation. Brian also holds a B.A in French language and literature from the University of California, Irvine.
He received his clinical training from the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood, California where he provided psychotherapy services as an Associate Marriage & Family Psychotherapist seeing individuals & couples, co-facilitating evening-outpatient groups for those in early recovery from alcohol, crystal meth and other substances, anger management, and domestic violence cases. Brian also provided individual and group psychotherapy to LGBTQ youth through LifeWorks Youth Mentoring and Development Program as well as Aviva Family & Children’s Services. Brian is a graduate of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis located in West Los Angeles. He has specialized training as a domestic violence counselor and in working with survivors of trauma. He is a certified Community Resiliency Model Trainer through the Trauma Resource Institute, Inc. and has taught this model throughout Los Angeles County to clinicians within the psychological community. Brian is also adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he teaches emerging psychotherapists LGBTQ-Affirmative clinical process and psychotherapy from a depth orientation. His interests include social justice, diversity, gay-centered psychology and practice, Jungian/psychodynamic therapy, LGBTQ history, archetypes, fairy tales, and myth.