Dr. Lukas Jaeggi
PhD, ATR-BC PSY21283
Dr. Lukas Jaeggi is a licensed psychologist and registered, board-certified art therapist. Jaeggi has 24 years of experience
working with children, adolescents and families with behavioral and emotional
challenges and mental illness. Dr. Jaeggi received his doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica
Graduate Institute, and holds graduate degrees from the University
of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Jaeggi also completed a post-graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
originally was trained as an elementary school educator in his homeland Switzerland.
As a young adult, Dr. Jaeggi became interested in Bruno Bettelheim’s psychoanalytic
pedagogy and his work with children with emotional disturbances. Touched by
Bettelheim’s book “A Home for the Heart” in which he describes a therapeutic
community at the University of Chicago, Dr. Jaeggi decided to move to Chicago to
study and learn at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School.
treating very troubled children, Dr. Jaeggi learned that some experiences,
particularly those that were very traumatic, cannot be remembered or expressed in words. Creative expressions through images and symbols sometimes are the
only way painful experiences can be communicated, shared, understood and
transformed. Dr. Jaeggi decided to study art therapy at the The School of the Art
Institute of Chicago to deepen his understanding of the healing power of creative expression and art
journey to explore his own psyche and vocation, Dr. Jaeggi immersed himself into Carl Jung's and James Hillman’s writings that center
on image and calling. Jaeggi moved west to California to study Depth Psychology
(Tiefenpsychologie) at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Depth psychologies are
psychologies of the unconscious, including psychoanalysis (Freud), analytical
psychology (Jung) and archetypal psychology (Hillman). 21st century neuroscience could also be considered a depth psychology as it is moving toward
understanding the mind as largely driven by unconscious psychological
Interested in the developing mind and how trauma affects it, Dr. Jaeggi enrolled in the Infant Parent Mental Health post graduate certificate program directed by Drs. Brandt and Tronick, offered through the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Jaeggi later trained in Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s Touchpoints approach to parenting and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) an evidence-based practice for the treatment of early childhood trauma developed by Dr. Alicia Lieberman.
Dr. Jaeggi has
been the director of residential, educational, outpatient and early childhood intervention service
programs. His main interest has always been the therapeutic process i.e. the
transformation of lived experience in the present moment whether in the
security of an office, in the home of a family or the dinner table of a
residential treatment program.