M.A. Program Faculty: Deanna van Ligten, Psy.D.

Deanna van Ligten, Psy.D.
Core Faculty

B.A. Psychology, California State University, 1991
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 2005

Dr. Deanna van Ligten's clinical training and experience reflects her broad interest in psychology and has involved working in diverse therapeutic contexts, using multiple therapeutic lenses and theoretical concepts. This has included teaching and training clinicians, long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, group therapy for schizophrenic populations with a focus on education, substance abuse, and relationship skill building, psychological and forensic assessment with a forensic population, and expert witness testimony. She has worked for several years in community mental health working with a chronic schizophrenic population, including a pre-doctoral internship at Napa State Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship conducting forensic assessments.

Dr. van Ligten has a strong interest in training clinicians and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Wright Institute's low fee psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic where she teaches and trains practicum students. She is particularly interested in how beginning therapists develop their professional identity. Additionally, she works in the field of forensics, providing treatment and assessment for patients who have been adjudicated by the Courts 'Incompetent to Stand Trial,' and/or 'Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.' She works within a primarily contemporary psychoanalytic framework, but strives to integrate insights and technique from various schools of thought.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Forensic Mental Health Association of California


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