Jungian analysis is a commitment to self-understanding that is generally conducted in weekly sessions. One of the most important differences between analysis and supportive psychotherapy is that analysis views the struggles or symptoms you are experiencing as carrying a meaning or message, and these difficulties point to a goal(s) toward which you are meant to strive. This engagement with both the disturbing or unlived aspects of your unconscious is what most people fear in psychotherapy. Yet, Jungian analysis holds the very opposite viewpoint; it is the unknown, unconscious aspects of experience that hold the keys to an undivided, whole self.
Everyone tells a story about themselves: where I came from, my place and role in my family, what I have accomplished, etc. But this story also has deep roots that you may not be aware of, such as how harshly you may criticize yourself, or how you limit your choices. Often, it is that more unknown part of your story that has the greatest impact on the choices you make, the attitudes you have, even your experience of the world. In analysis, we begin to look at that story to understand its manifestations and influences. Through this process of deep reflection, you can gain the freedom to make choices you hadn’t thought possible, to feel and experience things in new ways, to begin to live the life that is essentially yours.
Carl Jung wrote in his memoir, “The patient who comes to us has a story that is not told, and which as a rule no one knows of. To my mind, therapy only really begins after the investigation of that wholly personal story.”
Jungian analysis attends to forces that are beyond our ego and control — that are vast and powerful. In analysis, the client can devote him or herself to engaging with those energies. It offers a way to understand and relate to powers in the unconscious, respecting the patterns that seem to bedevil us, but also can show the path to wholeness.
At LifeWorks, we are dedicated to providing the kind of psychotherapy that is geared to a deep engagement with oneself, which can nurture and encourage the growth that lies within us all. If you are seeking a deeper way to relate and understand yourself, please call us to setup an appointment.Additional Resources on Jung and Jungian Analysis
Basic introduction to Jung:
Good blog sites on Jung and psychoanalytic ideas:
Jungian groups and their writings and classes on Jung:
TED Talk speaker on issues of vulnerability and shame:
Books on Jung & Analytic Psychology:
Memories, Dreams & Reflections, C.G. Jung
Understandable Jung, Harry A. Wilmer
Practical Jung: Nuts & bolts of Jungian psychotherapy, Harry A. Wilmer
Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Robert H. Hopcke
The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, Ami Ronnberg, Editor