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Deane Brown, Ph.D., M.F.T


(1921 ~ 2011)

My Internship and Work with Deane Brown

Deane Brown was the person who warmly welcomed me to Santa Cruz when I moved there in 1988. Deane later agreed to be my clinical supervisor for my MFT intern hours through most of the 1990s and made it possible for me to get through that challenging period having the support of someone who had similar values and an expanded therapeutic paradigm. She supervised me in private sessions and also in my work at the residential drug treatment facility, Sunflower House.

Deane did two stints as Director of the Spiritual Emergency Network, which has had several rebirths after Christina Grof founded it. (SEN is now operational again.) Deane described, in an article in Quest magazine (Spring, 1996,) her own intense spiritual emergency in a mental hospital, a transcendent experience which resulted in her personal lasting transformation and an ability afterward to show loving kindness to all she encountered.

Deane was born on August 23, 1921. An avid life-long learner, Deane received a BS degree in Meteorology from UCLA in 1943, an MS degree in School Psychology from San Jose State University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from American Commonwealth University in 1977. She was a pioneer in aviation for women and earned her private pilot’s license in 1939. Deane Brown died at age 89 on February 9, 2011.

What did I learn from Deane Brown?

Deane taught me that listeing and silence is vastly undervalued in traditional therapeutic training and that unconditional positive regard and presence is more important than technique, but that both can coexist. I am ever grateful that her wisdom about and trust in life’s twists and turns is still being channeled to my current clients, most of whom are traveling through their own spiritual emergencies/ies.

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