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Trevor Dobbs



Trevor Dobbs

Core Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
Cultural & Family Psychology
Pacific Oaks College
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45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dr. Dobbs maintains a part time private practice in psychoanalysis, individual, and couples psychotherapy in Pasadena, California. His areas of interest include Object Relations Therapy, Couples Therapy, the integration of psychology and theology, and the integration of neurological research with mental health practice.

Dr. Dobbs has a multi-disciplinary background that ranges from computer science, to theology, to psychoanalysis and couples therapy. He actively consults for the Interdisciplinary Training Institute whose founder (and his wife), Dr. Connie Lillas, specializes in bringing together the many disciplines that address the needs of young children; from the hospital, to the consulting room, to the courtroom. Dr. Dobbs brings this model of integration to his teaching at Pacific Oaks, challenging students to identify and address their own personality traits and biases, and to pursue becoming a well-rounded mental health professional.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Supervising and Training Psychoanalyst Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Tustin, California 2003
Certified Psychoanalyst Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Tustin, California 1998
Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Tustin, California 1998
M.A., Marriage & Family Therapy Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California 1983
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Computer Science Pepperdine University, Malibu, California 1978
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Faculty, Supervising & Training Psychoanalyst Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Pasadena, California.
Certified Psychoanalyst Member Newport Psychoanalytic Society, May 1998.
Clinical Member California Association of Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapist, California
Certified Psychoanalyst, California
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Educational Consultant Interdisciplinary Training Institute, Pasadena, California
Research Consultant Neuro-Relational Framework (NRF) Research 2 Resillience
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Marriage & Family Couples Therapy
Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Clinical Neuroscience
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Family Systems Theory
Trauma Complex Trauma
Trauma Informed Practices

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

I employ a history and systems perspective within which to present the broad range of theories and approaches in the mental health field. I invite and challenge students to identify and articulate their own personality traits and biases, and then apply this to the variety of clinical approaches that they will learn in the program.

Title Location Date Link
BBS Law and Ethics Exam: Preparing for Success Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California June 17, 2019
Systems Science in Assessing Stress in Children and Families World Congress on Infant Mental Health, Rome, Italy May, 2018 Past WAIMH World Congresses
Gathering Physiological Data in Real-World, Real-Time to Enhance Treatment of Toxic Stress World Congress on Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic June, 2016 Feasibility Study with E4 & NRF Phone App
Applying the Neuro-Relational Framework to Training Foster Parents in Foster Children’s Stress Responses World Congress on Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland May, 2014 Past WAIMH World Congresses
Dream Analysis: Between the Covers Crowell Public Library, City of San Marino, California June 25, 2012
Course Instructor: The Writings of Harry Guntrip, doctoral course in Psychoanalysis The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Pasadena, California Spring 2009

Trevor Dobbs (2007). Faith Theology and Psychoanalysis: The Life and Thought of Harry Guntrip. Eugene, OR: Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications.

Trevor Dobbs (2009). Faith, Theology and Psychoanalysis: The Life and Thought of Harry S. Guntrip. Cambridge, U.K.: James Clarke & Co.


Trevor Dobbs (2002). John Macmurray's Influence on Object Relations Psychology. In Speidell, T. Editor (Ed.) On Being Christian . . . and Human (pp. Chapter 10). Eugene, OR.: Wipf & Stock Publishers.

Trevor Dobbs (2003). John Macmurray as a Philosophical Basis for Harry Guntrip'sn Object Relations Theory. In Speidell, T. Editor (Ed.) On Being a Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Personality Theories (pp. Chapter 6). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.


Trevor Dobbs (2008). Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Religion as 'Persons in Relationship': The Influence of John Macmurray. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 28 (No. 5), 590-598.