Willow Pearson, PsyD, LMFT, MT-BCWillow Pearson

Dr. Pearson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC). In fall 2017, Dr. Pearson joins the full time faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department at NDNU. Previously, she taught doctoral students at Alliant International University in San Francisco from 2016-2017, undergraduate and graduate students at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado from 2001-2007, and graduate students at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California from 2006-2007. Her website is drwillowpearson.com

Dr. Pearson’s 17 years of licensed clinical experience includes private practice, medical centers, hospitals, serving inpatients and outpatients, community clinics, and mental health centers. In these settings, she has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples and groups. Her clinical background includes training in psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, integral, relational, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, expressive arts, somatic, existential, contemplative, transpersonal, and brief approaches with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. Her pre-doctoral internship was at the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco, and her Postdoctoral Fellowship with Alliant International University was at Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, a multicultural charter high school and middle school. Her previous clinical experience includes the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco; the National Eating Disorders Information Center at Toronto General Hospital; the Mental Health Center of Boulder County’s Family and Community Team; the Mental Health Center of Boulder County’s Developmental Disabilities Home Care Team; Boulder Community Hospital’s Music Care Program; Saint Anthony’s Hospital Emergency Psychiatric Team, Denver/Westminster; Kwawachee Counseling Center, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, Tacoma; Medical Hill Neurobehavioral Psychiatric Ward, Oakland; UCSF Alliance Health Project, San Francisco; Wright Clinic, Berkeley; Women’s Therapy Center, Berkeley.

Across this range of clinical settings, Dr. Pearson has provided crisis intervention, assessment, brief therapy, group therapy, music therapy and depth psychotherapy, from an integral relational perspective. Currently she is in the process of moving her private practice to the South Bay.

Education

    • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology. Wright Institute – Berkeley, California.
    • MA, Counseling Psychology. Naropa University – Boulder, Colorado.
      • Concentration: Music Therapy
    • BA, Feminist Studies. Stanford University– Palo Alto, California.
      • Graduated with honors & distinction

Courses Taught at NDNU

Current NDNU courses include:

      • Case Seminar and Practicum
      • Survey of Child and Adult Psychotherapy
      • Psychopathology
      • Family Systems and Relational Psychotherapy

Research and Interests

Dr. Pearson’s research interests include relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, integral psychology and psychotherapy, dreams, psychological defenses, sexuality, spirituality, and creativity. Beyond her formal training, clinical experience and teaching in psychology, Dr. Pearson’s work with patients is informed by dedicated personal practice and study in meditation, music, and yoga. She is a singer and songwriter; she has recorded five albums of music, four of which are composed of original songs.

Publications

  • Grotstein, J.S., & Pearson, W. (2016). In conversation on caesura and reversible perspective. Fort Da: The Journal of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, 22(1).
  • Pearson, W (2015). Sublimation/dilation of desire: Held separately together in a moment of being O.
    Retrieved from http://willowpearson.com/blog/2015/9/29/sublimationdilation-of-desire-held-separately-together-in-a-moment-of-being-o
  • Pearson, W. (2015, March 13). Seeking mutual recognition through the matrix of projective transidentification. Women’s Therapy Center Newsletter, Issue 1.
  • Pearson, W. (2015, January, 19). Binocular vision: Seeing through the two ‘I’s of privilege and oppression.
    Retrieved from http://www.womenstherapy.org/blog/
  • Pearson, W. (2014). Dreaming Integral. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 9(2), 162-168.
  • Pearson, W. (2013, August, 16). Psyche’s lantern. Retrieved from http://www.drwillowpearson.com/read-me/
  • Pearson, W. (2013, July 8). Listening as path, muse as teacher. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/integralchicks
  • Pearson, W. (2013, July, 15). Song as teacher, listening as path. Retrieved from http://www.drwillowpearson.com/read-me/
  • Pearson, W. (2007). Integral counseling and a three-factor model of defenses. Counseling & Values: Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, 51(3), 209-220.
  • Pearson, W. (2006). The development of desire: An integral approach. AQAL: Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 1(2), 276-296.

Audio Publications

Professional Affiliations

International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
American Psychological Association, Division 39 (APA)
Naropa University Alumni
Stanford University Alumni Association

Presentations and Lectures

Pearson, W. (2017, July). Levels of treatment and levels of pathology with disturbed children: Introduction to the work of Anne Alvarez. Orientation training seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2017, July). Transference and countertransference in working with children and adolescents. Orientation training seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2017, May). What is change? Considering post-traumatic growth. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2017, May). Termination: On therapeutic endings. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2017, April). The art of interpretation. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2017, February & March). Sexual identity development among sexual minority women. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2016, October). Common diagnoses and treatment frameworks for adolescents and children. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2016, October). Outcome measures in clinical practice. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2016, September). Bridging cultural humility and cultural competence in clinical work. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2016, August; 2017, July). Listening to the unconscious: Working with defenses. Professional development seminar presented at Alliant International University Psychological Services Center, San Francisco, California.

Pearson, W. (2016, March). Working with dreams cross-culturally. Professional development seminar presented at the California College of the Arts Counseling Program, Oakland, California.

Pearson, W. (2015, October). Bion’s techniques. Professional development seminar presented at the California College of the Arts Counseling Program, Oakland, California.

Pearson, W. (2015, August). Studio culture; Critique culture; International student outreach. Incoming student orientation sessions presented at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco/Oakland, California

Pearson, W. (2015, August). Integral psychodynamic sphere and orbits. Division 39 poster session presented at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Presented application of Integral Methodological Pluralism to Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychology: doctoral dissertation research on original Integral Relational theoretical work, weaving together developmental stage theory and psychoanalytic theory of psychological positions to formulate a more complex assessment of psychotic, borderline, neurotic, and postconventional experience.

Pearson, W. (2015, June). Case discussion presented to the Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology pre-licensed clinicians committee, at the Women’s Therapy Center, Berkeley, CA.

Pearson, W., with Integral seminar team members. (2004-2007). Five day seminar trainings on: Integral psychotherapy, Integral life practice and women’s Integral life practice, at Integral Institute, Boulder, CO and Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.

Pearson, W. (2004, July). Integral psychology theory and practice. Presented at the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, Boulder, CO.

Pearson, W. (2001, November). Creating a music therapy program in a general hospital: an integral approach. Presented at the National Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Pearson, W. (2000/2, July). Led 2,500 participant audience in expressive arts experience. Taught workshop on vocal improvisation and composition. Presented at the Omega Institute ‘Body & Soul’ Conference, Denver, CO.