Accepting Oneself Completely

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“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”  — Carl Jung

This quote came to me by way of a card in which the sender wrote of a confrontation she encountered when looking deeply inside of herself:  she mostly saw anger and loss–essentially the collapse of what she had previously thought of herself.  Out of this “terrifying” engagement with the unknown parts of herself she began the journey towards wholeness, accepting and even loving those aspects once unknown or forsaken.  She now could see that the collapse and rubble of her former life actually became the foundation of her new more conscious self.  What had once been her failure, she could now see as a triumph.  What had been terrifying enabled her to accept herself more completely.  This is the process the therapists at LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center can accompany you on; the meaningful journey towards your own wholeness.


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About Pat Cochran, Psy.D., Jungian Analyst

Pat is a clinical psychologist, Jungian Analyst, and founding partner of LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center. She has been engaged with Jung’s ideas over 25 years ago, and they have informed her clinical practice in settings as different as in-patient psychiatric care to outpatient individual therapy. Pat is the former Executive and Clinical Director of the C.G. Jung Center in Evanston. In addition to psychotherapy with clients, an important facet of her work is providing supervision and mentoring other clinicians. View profile »