Who is Frances Vaughan?


Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., is a psychologist practicing in Mill Valley, CA., and a trustee of the Fetzer Institute. She is the author and co-editor of books, papers, and articles on psychology and spiritual growth.

A pioneer in transpersonal psychology, Frances has worked as an editor of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and was on the core faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology when it was founded. She has studied several spiritual traditions and was formerly on the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School at Irvine.

Frances has served as President of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Association for Humanistic Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Frances has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is on the board of editors of several journals. She graduated from Stanford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.


In her coaching, counseling, and psychotherapy with individuals, Frances focuses on inner work and on developing healthy, satisfying relationships to self, others, and the world.

She says, "I think of the spiritual path as a journey from fear to love, from bondage to freedom and from ignorance to understanding. I believe love is a universal experience. Although concepts of love can be narrow and distorted, the experience of love is vital to healing and wholeness. I value integrity, honesty, and authenticity in relationships, and I think we need to be true to our deepest experience of the sacred. Qualities such as kindness, generosity, caring and respect flow naturally from a commitment to living in accordance with truth and love."


Awakening Intuition
Guidelines for training and developing trustworthy intuition.

Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
Explores many dimensions of the spiritual path.

The Inward Arc: Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Practical wisdom for healthy human development from a transpersonal perspective.

Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision
A comprehensive, edited volume of the best authors in transpersonal psychology.

Accept This Gift: Selections from A Course in Miracles
A goldmine of psychological and spiritual insights.

Gifts from A Course in Miracles
Nuggets of truth that will change your life.

Frances has appeared on Integral Naked:

Shifting to See the Light of the World7/24/2022
Psychotherapy and Meditation9/15/2022