Marina Smirnova



Marina Smirnova

Assistant Program Director

CSS Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University

Dr. Marina A. Smirnova is a transpersonal facilitator, an experienced educator, and a guide in the process of transformative exploration of consciousness. Her personal and professional journey has been enriched by earning a Bachelor degree in Music Education (Minsk State Pedagogical University), Master of Arts degree in Counseling (Central Michigan University), and PhD degree in Psychology, with Transpersonal Psychology Concentration (Sofia University, formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). In addition, she studied transpersonal psychology and Holotropic Breathwork with Stanislav Grof, MD.

Dr. Smirnova is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis, a Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) Certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and a transpersonal facilitator trained in shamanic healing arts. She values embodied pathways to knowledge and to wholeness. At Saybrook, she serves as an Assistant Program Director for Humanistic and Clinical Psychology Program and also as faculty. Her research interests include transpersonal and Jungian psychologies; transpersonal approaches to research and transpersonal methodologies; epigenetics; mythology, mythopoetics, and archetypal work; medial and intuitive practices; Holotropic Breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation; clinical hypnosis and guided imagery; indigenous healing; dreamwork; embodied spirituality; and other modalities that engage the healing potentials of expanded states of consciousness and galvanize embodied and mindful ways of being in the world.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Consciousness Studies / Altered States of Consciousness
Personal Mythology
Dream Studies Dream Studies
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Bachelor in Music Education Minsk M. Tank Pedagogical University, Minsk, Belarus 1996
Master of Arts in Counseling Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 2003
PhD in Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology Concentration Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), Palo Alto, California 2013
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member and ASCH-Approved Consultant American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Member American Counseling Association (ACA)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Michigan
Question and Answer
What advice would you give a student entering Saybrook University?

Trust your experiential process and honor your embodied ways of knowing in fulfilling your highest potentials.

Title Location Date
Smirnova, M. A. Archetypal Intelligence for Teachers and for the Art of Teaching. Workshop presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan. April 2016
Smirnova, M. A., & Willmarth, E. Clinical hypnosis and gene expression modulation: Theoretical, clinical, and empirical Insights into the “top-down” pathways to healing and wholeness. Workshop co-presented at the 57th Annual American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Scientific Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida. March 2015
Willmarth, E., & Smirnova, M. A. Mesmer, Music, and Movement: Integrative Approaches in Mind-Body Medicine. Workshop presented at the 55th Annual American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Scientific Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky March, 2013

Smirnova, M. A. (2014). Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective by Lisa Wake [Review of the book Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective, by L.Wake]. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 56 (3), 308-309.


Smirnova, M. A. (2013). Atonement with the Dreadful Manifestations of the Sacred in Holotropic Breathwork: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Breather’s Embodied Experience and the Meaning Arising Within and Out of It. (Doctoral Dissertation). Palo Alto, CA: Sofia University. .

Smirnova, M. (with Adams, Z., & Akhrymuk, S.). (2012). Research Edition Translation into Russian of TA-285-Body Insight Scale (BIS) by Rosemarie Anderson. Menlo Park, CA: Mind Garden. .