Melody Bacon

Melody Bacon

Department Chair
  • Chair, Marital and Family Therapy Programs
    Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • The Chicago School Irvine
    The Chicago School Los Angeles
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
4199 Campus Dr Irvine, CA 92612
4199 Campus Dr
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Dr. Bacon is the department chair of the MFT programs, MA and Psy.D., for the Los Angeles, Westwood and Irvine campuses. She has been an instructor and administrator for over 10 years and has been with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for over 2. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring new mental health professionals.In addition to her work with TCSPP, Dr. Bacon is a clinical psychologist specializing in relational issues. Her clinical orientation devolves around the work of Dr. Carl Jung and is informed by Bowen Family Systems. She is also an expert in Redecision Therapy, an approach that makes use of the body, mind and emotions, to assist clients in moving beyond an intellectual understanding of their issues to deep and lasting change.

Her dissertation, I thought love would last forever, examined the transformational potential of grief and divorce and initiated an interest that continues to this day. She is the author of The Grace Filled Divorce, due to be published in January 2013.

  • B.A. Liberal Studies, University of Toronto
  • M.A., U.S. History, California State University, Northridge
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY19555
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • “The Journey of Grief and Grace in Divorce Recovery”, Marriage America Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2012.

  • Case Presentation with Dr. Ellyn Bader. CAMFT Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2008.

  • Redecision Therapy Presentation. University of California, Irvine Counseling Center, Irvine, CA, May 2008.

  • “The Union of Body and Images: Integrating Jungian Theory with Redecision Work,” 2001 Second International Redecision Conference, “Healing as a Redecision: Mind, Body and Spirit.” March 29-31, 2001.

  • "Women of the Lost Cause." Presented at the Biennial Historic Natchez Conference, January 1994.

  • Organized a panel, “Myth and Memories in Southern Culture,” moderated by Paul Gaston and presented a paper, “Personal Memory to Collective Ritual: Myth of the Lost Cause,” at the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Conference, August 1993.

  • "Forsaken by Time: The Romance/Tragedy dualism in the Lost Cause." Presented at the Southwestern Historical Association Conference, March 1993.

Select Publications

  • The Grace Filled Divorce, (2013), Sisters, OR: Deep River Books.

  • "Risking the Wildest Places: A Dialogue between Redecision and Jungian Therapy," Journal of Redecision Therapy Vol. II, No. 1, Spring 2000.

  • "Ask Us Not To Forget: The Lost Cause in Natchez, Mississippi," Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South Vol. III, No. 3, Fall 1992.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • MFT Educators Consortium, Orange County, CA


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.

A. I endeavor to assist students in taking responsibility for their own education. Since we are a graduate institution as well as a professional school, I believe that students are essentially members of their profession and as such my job is to assist them in growing into the profession while they are here at TCSPP.

Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

A. My overarching philosophy is subsumed under the “Existential-Humanistic” assumptions regarding human growth and potential. I view an individual’s challenges or symptoms as providing the necessary motivation for change as well as offering clues with regard to the nature of that change.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A. I read the works of C.G. Jung, James Hillman and others in the field of Analytic psychology well before I started by doctoral program. My efforts initially were to blend the humanities and with the practice of Jungian theory and I had planned to earn a doctorate in history. My plans changed, however, when I discovered that the field of psychology offered greater opportunities and would allow me to continue to explore my interests.

Q: What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School?

A: This is a time to really focus on learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. So many students lose site of the purpose of higher education and become too fixated on grades. Your clients will benefit from your willingness to take risks, to explore and to become curious about the nature of human psychology.