Larsen, Stephen

Stephen Larsen

Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Columbia University and his doctorate from the Union Graduate School. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at SUNY Ulster. He has trained with jungian analyst Dr. Edward Whitmont and Dr. Stanislav Grof, as well as the famed mythologist Joseph Campbell in understanding the dimensions of myth and symbol.

Sprung from the depths of his 23-year apprenticeship and friendship with Campbell, Dr. Larsen discusses in his upcoming release, Perilous Rapture (Quest 2007), the risks of fundamentalist thinking that Campbell warned us of years ago which now threatens to tear apart our world. Dr. Larsen draws on Campbell’s appreciation of the positive and creative potential of myths and the justifiable fear of the destructive “power of myth,” especially when read literally.

He is the author of The Shaman's Doorway and The Mythic Imagination. He co-authored A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell, with his wife Robin Larsen. He has written over forty other books, articles, and introductions. His articles have been featured in Parabola and The Shaman’s Drum. He has written introductions to Dr. Edward Tick’s The Practice of Dream Healing (Quest Books), Phil Cousineau’s The Once and Future Myth, and Jungian Analyst Ann Ulanov’s Attacked by Poison Ivy.

Dr. Larsen has made numerous TV and radio appearances in the U.S. and Canada and has lectured and presented at conferences in South America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and recently, South Africa. For 14 years, Dr. Larsen served on the Board of Directors/Advisors of both The Swedenborg Foundation and the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

He continues to write, lecture internationally, and continue with his clinical practice. Currently the director of Stone Mountain Center in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley region, Dr. Larsen provides psychotherapy and biofeedback, specializing in disorders of the nervous system. With his wife Robin, he also co-directs the not-for-profit Center for Symbolic Studies, an educational and personal growth center in the Hudson Valley.

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