The Challenge

We feel most alive when able to freely and authentically express ourselves in work, play, and relationships. If blocked from this expression we may be subject to disturbances such as depression, anxiety, tension or self-destructiveness. While counseling can offer some relief from and management of these symptoms, analysis provides a deeper understanding of self, which is vital for lasting change. Depth work, the vehicle for this increased self-knowledge, is the exploration of unconscious aspects of the psyche that have a powerful impact, both positive and negative, on self-expression. Each person’s journey is unique; the work may include historical review, dream analysis, creative expression, and/or active imagination.

About Dr. Valtierra


For over 30 years Mary Valtierra has assisted persons in the exploration of the unconscious as a path toward self-knowledge and expression. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, and she is a certified Jungian analyst and member of the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has special interests in the areas of diversity, acculturation, identity, women’s issues, life transitions, relationship building, and dream analysis. Dr. Valtierra offers analysis and psychotherapy to individual adults.


As a tenured psychologist with the Psychological Counseling Services (PCS) at California State University, Sacramento, Dr. Valtierra was involved in the training and supervision of interns during her 16-years with the University. Much of that time she served as the Training Director of the CAPIC-approved doctoral internship program at PCS. This included the recruitment, teaching, training, and supervision of the interns. To hone the practice of supervision, she completed an intensive 2-year supervision training program at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA. Consultation with practicing therapists remains an area of special interest with a focus on the unconscious interaction in the work between therapist and patient.

Location & Contact

Dr. Valtierra’s office at 835 University Ave., Sacramento, is located near CSUS with easy access to Route 50 via Howe Avenue. Phone consultations are required prior to scheduling an appointment. She does not accept third party payment and will discuss her fees during the phone consultation.