Saturday Series Program Chairs & Facilitators

Saturday Series: Pasadena, San Diego, and Ventura County

San Diego

Program Co-Chair: Mary Walters LCSW, Psy.D.

Mary Walters LCSW, Psy.D. I went to the University of Chicago for my masters degree in Clinical Social Work. I was drawn to this particular social work program because of their strong family systems training, and I had little interest in psychoanalysis at the time. I had never heard of Heinz Kohut or Self Psychology prior to attending the University of Chicago, but he had lived and worked there and had died only about 5 years prior to my arrival.  He was still very much alive in the hearts and minds of people there, so we were “introduced” and I was hooked.

To my great good fortune, when I left Chicago after a year of working on the inpatient unit at the University of Chicago Hospital, I landed a job at the UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services where many of the staff clinicians were interested in Self Psychology. Eventually, a Self Psychology study group began that included clinicians from the larger clinical community in San Diego, and I participated in that for several years. Once ICP formed in Los Angeles, Dr. Sandy Shapiro from San Diego joined ICP and became the sustaining conduit between the two communities, helping the focus in San Diego grow beyond Self Psychology to include other contemporary psychoanalytic models. Sandy eventually hosted what was then called ICP South – the original version of our current San Diego Saturday Series – which I attended for 5 years before making the leap to the  4-year analytic training program to obtain my doctorate in psychoanalysis. And now I am co-hosting the Saturday Series.

It has always been important to me to continue to learn and grow professionally. Mine has been a rich and rewarding personal and professional journey up to now, a journey I know will continue to unfold in gratifying and meaningful ways. Pursuing my analytic training at ICP has been my most enriching and rewarding experience so far. It is my pleasure, and my privilege, to host the San Diego Saturday Series to provide others the opportunity to discover what contemporary psychoanalysis and ICP have to offer.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with Dr. Walters email her at

Program Co-Chair: Marian J. Richetta, Psy.D

Marian J. Richetta, Psy.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice treating a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, personality disorders, bi-polar disorder, and relationship conflicts. Her office is located in La Jolla, California and she has been practicing psychotherapy since 1982.

Dr. Richetta holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University, an M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from United States International University, and a Psy.D. in Contemporary Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

She has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, brief, strategic therapy, group psychotherapy, and hypnosis. She earned a Doctorate in Contemporary Psychoanalysis from The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles in 2010 and was granted the status of Training and Supervising Analyst in 2012.

She has eleven years’ experience teaching English and has worked in psychiatric hospitals, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also has held a part-time appointment as (Health Sciences) Assistant Clinical Professor, Non-Salaried, in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine from September, 2010 to the present.

Dr. Richetta is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. She is the mother of two adult children.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with Dr. Richetta email her at

Ventura County

Program Chair: Antonia Noble Ludwig, Psy.D., MFT

Antonia Noble Ludwig, Psy.D., MFT, is a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP), Syracuse University, and Antioch University. With over 20 years experience Dr. Ludwig has taught in graduate programs at Antioch University, Pepperdine University and at ICP. Dr. Ludwig is currently is the program chair for ICP’s Saturday Series in Ventura County.

Dr. Ludwig has worked at inpatient facilities and ran a renowned day patient program for Eating Disorders. Dr. Ludwig has presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference and at the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education Conference.  She has been published in the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education Journal.

Dr. Ludwig believes strongly in the collaborative nature of therapy and, in addition to a long history as a case supervisor, she runs a book study group in contemporary psychoanalytic theory. As well as her work as a Clinical Supervisor in the California Lutheran University graduate MFT Program, Dr. Ludwig maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, California, and is on the Board of Directors of ICP.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with Dr. Ludwig email her at


Program Facilitator: Hillary Prichett, MFT, Psy.D.

Dr. Hillary Pritchett, MFT., Psy.D., is a contemporary psychoanalyst and marriage family therapist specializing in adolescents and adults maintaining a private practice in two locations; West Los Angeles and Westlake Village.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is also a training and supervising analyst.  With over 25 years in the field and in addition to her work in private practice, she has had years of experience working in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and family therapy agencies. Dr. Pritchett is pleased to be a facilitator for the Ventura Saturday Series to continue her education in psychoanalysis with committed, teachers, and building connections in the community with fellow clinicians interested in psychoanalysis.


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