Suzanne Retzinger, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Suzanne Retzinger, PhD, received her degree in Sociology in 1988, with an emphasis on social psychology, and MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1993.  From 2007-2011 she trained with the Metta Institute, which addresses spiritual aspects of end of life care, as well as two years with the Sacred Art of Living and Dying program.  She has a certificates from the Metta Institute (2007) and The Sacred Art of Living and Dying (2008).  She is a licensed counselor with Hospice of Santa Barbara since 2002 (counseling people in bereavement, anticipatory grief and those who are dying), and has volunteered for Sarah House (end of life residence) for a combined 12 years. She has also taught workshops on emotions, relationships, and end of life here and abroad.  In 2004, Dr. Retzinger was President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of The California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Her book is titled Violent Emotions: Shame and Rage in Marital Quarrels (1991).  She has also co-authored Emotions and Violence: Shame and Rage in Destructive Conflict, with T.J. Scheff, 1991.  Dr. Retzinger has published extensively on the topics of emotions, shame, mental illness,  and end of life