About Shira


About Shira Marin, PhD

Educator, Inner Life Coach, Speaker, Author, Mixed Media Journal Artist, Jungian Therapist

Shira Marin, PhD, is of Southern Italian, North African, and Middle Eastern heritage. She explores the intersectionality of her mixed ethnicity and experience of cultural Blackness. Dr. Marin is a lifelong creative, Certified Group Practitioner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, and Certified Inner Life Coach. With over 40 years of experience, she leads interpersonal process groups, dream groups, and also serves individuals, couples, and organizations.


“Let’s begin from the idea of evolution. All evolution goes towards unity–towards a more organized effective wholeness.”   

—Lord John Pentland

Shira Marin, PhD Jungian Psychotherapist

Jungian Psychotherapist, Mentor, Speaker, Poet, Author & Artist

Shira Marin, PhD is an international speaker and educator on creative growth and expression. She gives talks and conducts workshops in Sweden, Greece, Israel, the San Francisco Bay area, and beyond.

“I live from the depths of my inner world rather than relying on the outside world to direct me. My work is to assist others to dig deeply into their known—and unknown needs, desires, and strengths and to forge a deep connection with them through creative expression.”


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dr. Marin’s Recent Speaking Appearances & Workshops

Shira Marin, PhD speaks internationally on such topics as visual journaling, creative intelligence, personal development, and aging with wisdom.

2020 February, New York, USA
Panelist: “The Way We Tell a Story––Truth, Fiction or Maybe Both: An Integrative Group Approach to Working with Trauma.” American Group Psychotherapy Association.


2020 January, Cairo, Egypt.
Presenter: “Fostering Relational Intimacy Through Creative Engagement and Group Process: The Arts-based Process Method.” Egyptian Association for Group Psychotherapy.


2019 June, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Paper presentation: “Fostering Relational Intimacy Through Creative Engagement and Group Process: The Arts-based Process Method.” Co-authored with Annie Danberg, LMFT. International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy


2019 June, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Social Dreaming.
Israel June IARPP (International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy).


2018 February, AGPA – Los Angeles, CA. 
Presenter: “Fostering Authentic Intimacy Through Mixed Media Journaling and Group Process.” American Group Psychotherapy Association.


2018 February, AGPA – Los Angeles, CA.
Panelist: “Stories We Carry: Exploring the Impact of Trauma and Loss on the Clinician and on the Group. How Mixed Media Visual Journaling Can Help.


2018, August, Malmö, Sweden.
International Association for Group Psychotherapy. Presenter: “Out of Exile: Integrating Dysregulated Affect Through Mixed-Media Journaling and Self Reflection.”


2018, August, Malmö, Sweden. 
Facilitator: The Social Dreaming Matrix for Clinicians. International Group Psychotherapy Association


2018 June, Santa Cruz, CA. Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.  Presented a workshop with Annie Danberg on “Fostering Authentic Intimacy Through Mixed Media Journaling and Group Process”


2016 June, Santa Cruz, CA.
Workshop presenter with Co-Leader Annie Danberg: “Fostering Authentic Intimacy Through Mixed Media Journaling and Group Process” Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.


2016 June, San Francisco, CA.
Presentation: “The Once and Future Feminine,” Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco


2015 June, San Rafael, CA.
Presentation: “The Once and Future Feminine,” California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Marin Chapter


About My Book

“Shards of a Broken Mystery: Restoring Hekate and our Divine Feminine Soul”

Creating a relationship with the world beyond our ego-driven life is, in fact, essential to evolving our humanity. We must be informed by the extraordinary nature of the human psyche, including its spiritual instinct. Many people fear the nature and power of their inner world, their psycho-spiritual reality; however, it is the most natural source of becoming all we might be. I’ve written a book that opens the window to the principles of this kind of feminine power and wisdom. For men as well as women.

The connection I have written about in my book—with a mythological being called Hekate was natural to me. Hekate has illuminated the instinctual life of the Feminine Principle for me as a saving grace not yet imagined in the present-day patriarchal milieu. Hekate’s value in me was no less than to feel the full ground of my inner authority, to express the truth of my soul.

In Greece, Hekate she was a pre-Olympian Goddess who aided Zeus in the battle against the Titans. Originally, she was Goddess of the wild places, childbirth and the crossroads. These are all in between spaces that are associated with the spirit world; for the wilderness is not yet tame, birth is the moment of life where death stands in waiting and the three ways crossroads intersect at a point that is between all the directions. She was called upon by the ancients to provide protection and wisdom at these critical points.

Shards of a Broken Mystery by Shira Marin PhD

Are You Ready to Work Together?

From individual coaching or mentoring to participation in one of my workshops, there are several ways in which we can work together. Please contact me to discuss what works best for you. 

Work With Shira Marin, PhD

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