Phillip Retzky, MA, LMHC
Phillip Retzky, MA, LMHC, a graduate of Southwestern College, has a private practice in Santa Fe, and enjoys his continued relationship with his alma mater. As an undergraduate at UCLA and UCSB, he began working in Community Mental Health in the early 70’s. His training at LA Psychiatric Service incorporated early models of Crisis Intervention. In Santa Barbara he helped run a volunteer program of peer sex educators, speaking in schools and throughout the community. He then went on to study Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he later became the school counselor.Phillip studied writing at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, focusing on short stories and creative non-fiction. With a sense of returning to his “original career,” he entered the masters program in grief and loss at SWC in 2005, to incorporate and transform the many losses he experienced during the AIDS crisis in the 80’s and 90’s, including the loss of his partner, Mitchell, and to work on himself in new ways. The next 2 years working with Janet Schreiber, Connie Buck, Jim Nolan, amongst a rich faculty of others, was nothing less than transformative. Bringing all these gifts of 58 years into his private practice (with clients young, old, LGBT, straight), feels like a vast journey into the past, present and future. Consciousness is shifting every moment. He still takes pictures daily, and helps people with their private art collections.