Pat Cochran, Psy.D., Jungian Analyst

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I work with individuals who are struggling and want to be deeply engaged in a process of self-inquiry. If you are someone who wants to understand and change entrenched patterns of behavior and to transform yourself or your relationships, I can help you.

Compassion and curiosity are central to self-discovery.   How can you begin to have kindness and compassion for yourself, like the warm acceptance you give a loved one?  This is an essential question we must all learn to answer. Curiosity is having an attitude of openness and wonder to all that you are dealing with: what does this symptom mean or point to? what does this dream have to say to you? why is this happening now? I can help you bring compassion and curiosity to yourself and where you are stuck. From there, you will find new perspectives and choices begin to emerge.

Carl Jung said, “the right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.”  The “right” way to becoming who you are meant to be is not a straight line.  We achieve a fuller sense of ourselves by making “wrong turns” that we ordinarily reject or consider failures. In my practice, I invite you to journey towards your own wholeness along your unique path.

When you engage with, or relate deeply to your struggles, it may lead to a shift in attitude. Perhaps, nothing on the outside seems to change, but with engagement, lasting and profound psychological change is possible. I can journey with you towards openness and receptivity to the very things you might move away from, and help you look deeper, develop fresh capacities to live with your challenges and see them in entirely new ways.

I bring both compassion and curiosity to my work and can be with you on the path towards your own self-acceptance and love. Call me at 847-568-1100 to set up an appointment or to learn more about how I can help you.        

Pat Cochran, PsyD, 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.

Education & Professional Memberships

Pat has trained at the following institutions:
C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
National Louis University, Chicago
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois

Pat is a member of:
Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts
International Association for Analytical Psychology
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)


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