Robin Eve Greenberg

About Me

I am an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco with a Masters in Dance from Mills College, and a Masters in Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies. From my deep roots in dance and the arts I bring an understanding of movement and body awareness, creativity, and the imagination to my patients. Jung suggests, “that psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing”. Psyche moves the body and the body moves psyche. Listening to the unconscious, and actively engaging with what emerges is a creative, unfolding process.

My Jungian approach is augmented by many streams of the psychology field, including; contemporary psychoanalytic thinking, relational psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, neuroscience, family systems, somatic psychology, dance/movement, the expressive arts, and the cultural body — socio/cultural influences on both the personal and the collective psyche.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated into action. And because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique.

Martha Graham

Teaching and writing balance my clinical work, and help me to stay current with contemporary, post Jungian analytic theory and practice. I am an adjunct associate professor affiliated with the John F. Kennedy University, and The California Institute of Integral Studies. I teach, give presentations, lecture and have published on a variety of subjects related to the art of psychotherapy, creativity, embodiment and soul, opening to the imagination, and the idea of home. I am an Associate Editor of the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. I offer supervision to psychotherapists in training, and consultation to newly licensed, and seasoned, psychotherapists.

Some Areas of Specialization

Relationships, Life Passages, Career/Vocation, Spirituality, Body/Psyche, Creativity, Fertility/Pregnancy, Parenthood, Illness, Divorce, Couples, Parenting, Chronic Pain, Somatic Symptoms, Complex Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma, Cultural Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mid-life Challenges, Body/Self Image

Membership & Affiliation

  • Analyst Member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
  • The International Association for Analytical Psychology
  • The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
  • The Psychotherapy Institute
  • The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Publications

Greenberg, R.E. (2015). On Secrets: Transformative Secrets and the Privacy of Analysis. Jung Journal Culture and Psyche, 9(4): 80-81.

Greenberg, R.E. (2018). The Yellow Brick Road. Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 12(4): 14-33.

This article explores the complexity of home, how it relates to the body and the imagination, and is a developmental and archetypal journey. Home is a place where one lives, yet home is also a feeling inside, a yearning, and remembrance. It is something to grow into and grow out of. It is an experience of exile and refuge, of coming apart and reorganization. Home is found in relationship to the body, to inner listening, and to improvisation. Home is imagery, an oneiric dream. Home lives in the natural surround and in the personal, cultural, and collective unconscious. Creativity and the process of active imagination—opening to the unconscious and actively engaging with what comes up—is a journey home, with a capital H, and is an experience of soul-making. (pp 33).

Greenberg, R.E. (2020). Soul Home: The Kabbalah dance and Jungian psychoanalysis. Ed. Pearson, W. and Marlo, H., The Spiritual Psyche in Psychotherapy: Mysticism, Intersubjectivity, and Psychoanalysis. New York: Routeledge (2020), Ch 5: 93-117.

Dance, Jungian psychoanalysis and Jewish mysticism all involve listening to the unknown, and becoming more aware of what vitalizes the soul—a felt connection to something larger than the personality. (pp 114).