Nora Swan-Foster


While growing up my involvement in the arts provided pivotal support and guidance into young adulthood. Before I understood anything about therapy or psychoanalysis, I encountered the transformative processes through my engagement with the creative process. Such nonverbal experiences as improvisational dance and process painting revealed how the creative instinct, play, and imagination can shift levels of awareness and states of consciousness. These continued explorations with the creative realm and multimodal expressions continue to inform my understanding of psychological work.

In 1983, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English Literature with a focus in Creative Writing. In the attempts to integrate my experiences with the creative processes, I discovered Expressive Therapy, which is a clinical field that draws on the interactive and integrated nature of the arts for healing and multimodal approaches. In 1986, I earned a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, with an Art Therapy focus, from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I draw on nearly 30 years of clinical experience with people of all ages.

Interested in expanding and deepening my work as a counselor and psychotherapist, I entered and completed my analytic training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). Along with working as a Jungian Psychoanalyst, I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado #2612.  In addition, I have completed the hours and passed the national exam for the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Registration and Certification (ATR-BC). My analytic training and supervision hours fulfilled the certification requirements as a psychoanalyst (NCPsyA) under the National Association of the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). I have also had other introductory trainings in EMDR resourcing, NLP, Focusing, Psychodrama and Somatic Processing, and I have completed Level Two of Brainspotting.

I have had extensive clinical supervision and colloquium hours with Don Kalsched and his clinical approach with traumatic material; Joe McNair and his deep knowledge and thoughts on using alchemy as the primary imagination in the clinical work; Gus Cwik and his associative dreaming process as it relates to the third or intersubjective material, Mark Winborn who focused on deep listening and the art and styles of interpretation; and Paula McKinnon on working with dreams social systems thinking. My experience of working with dreams comes most definitely from over 16 years of my own Jungian analysis and dream work.

Since 1994, my clinical practice has been in Boulder, Colorado serving the Boulder/Denver/Ft Collins area, but I have worked in various mental health settings, including early intervention nurseries, therapeutic school, residential and outpatient with children, adolescents and adults, and a city hospital environment with a range of medical conditions and people of all ages. During this time, I also conducted independent art therapy research with pregnant women (HRB accepted at Presbyterian St. Lukes Hopsital in Denver), which led to several academic presentations and publications. For eight years, I was a faculty member at Naropa University where I participated in curriculum development and admissions, and taught graduate art psychotherapy course work, including professional seminar and ethics, adult development, and group dynamics and skills. Currently, I teach a section of the graduate transpersonal psychology requirement focused on the Introduction to Jung’s concepts and analytical psychology.  

Along with my private practice, I have also serve as the local seminar coordinator for Boulder Association of Jung Analysts (BAJA) Jung Study Seminar, which became an affiliate training seminar of the IRSJA in 2014. As a founding member, I also teach seminars on analytical psychology. Within the IRSJA, I have served on the Membership committee, Final Exams, and Review Commitee since 2011. I am also on the editorial board for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and look forward to presenting material from my book Jungian Art Therapy: A guide to dreams, images, and analytical psychology at the 2019 IAAP Congress held in Vienna, Austria.

1137 Pearl Street, Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80302