Saturday Series Program Chairs & Facilitators

Saturday Series: Pasadena, San Diego, and Ventura County


Program Chair: Nick Ryan, Psy.D., M.A., MFT. ATR-BC

Dr. Nick Ryan graduated with his master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and earned his doctorate from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in 2012.  He has been practicing for 20 years providing individual, couples and family therapy specializing in treating survivors of trauma.  Additionally, Dr. Ryan has specialized training and experience working with children and adolescents and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals and their community.  He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, trained and board certified art therapist and certified psychoanalyst.  He is Assistant Vice President and Head of Services at one of the largest non-profit child welfare agencies in Los Angeles County.  Dr. Ryan has served on the ICP Board of Directors and is Chair of the Pasadena Saturday Series Program.

Working as a psychotherapist from a relational philosophy has been my approach early in my career as a mental health practitioner.  ICP has supported me in recognizing that sensibility and provided the resources and education to further my development as a clinician.  The trajectory ICP set for my professional and personal growth is unsurpassed.  I teach and volunteer my time to ICP because it is with gratitude and my commitment to the Mission of ICP that I am eager to serve and give back to the ICP community.

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., I’ve been practicing psychotherapy since 1982, and, although I had been trained in a variety of theoretical orientations, it wasn’t until I heard Bob Stolorow speak in San Diego around 1992 that I knew what path I wanted to travel in my professional life. I studied for several years with Sandy Shapiro in La Jolla before beginning the 4-year program at ICP in LA. I graduated with my doctorate in psychoanalysis in 2010 and became a training and supervising analysis in 2012.

Knowing the people at ICP has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life, and sharing the task of co-facilitating the San Diego Saturday Series has been an extraordinary opportunity to meet many bright and intellectually curious students.

Teaching has been a very important part of my life. Becoming a psychotherapist seemed a natural next step in my adult life after having taught high school English and music for many years. I’m happy to say that, as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, I am able to teach in a variety of settings. Currently, I hold a part-time appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and I’m looking forward to offering supervision to the Saturday Series Students during this coming school year.

If you would like to speak with me please call 858-587-1095 or email me 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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