Jungian psychotherapy is a psycho-therapeutic process developed by Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), a Swiss psychiatrist.
He was one of the pioneers of modern depth psychology or psychology of the unconscious. The unconscious is that part of the psyche over which the ego (alternatively called the ‘will’) has no control. This is easily seen in habits we cannot break such as addictions, or in autonomous emotional states which “come over us”, causing us to behave in ways we can regret. We often refer to such symptoms as neuroses.
Jung believed that in order to become a whole person, these two aspects of the psyche, ego consciousness and the unconscious, must come together into a harmonious relationship. This is a process he called “individuation”, becoming whole or becoming who you really are.
Everyone has neuroses. Jung saw symptoms or neuroses as profoundly important and purposeful, giving us information about what is happening in the unconscious, which he saw as infinitely more powerful than consciousness. These symptoms are messages from our soul, and by entering into them and paying them appropriate attention, we begin to see what is out of balance in the psyche and how we can consciously become more balanced and whole.
Therefore Jungian psychotherapy is not just looking at the alleviation or eradication of symptoms, although this does occur as part of the process. It also seeks to hear their messages, which usually points to a deeper matter that needs one’s attention. It might point to a lack of spiritual orientation, a search for meaning in life or a failure to develop one’s creative potential.
“Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.”
“The man at peace with himself contributes an infinite amount of the universe. Attend to your personal and private conflicts and you will be reducing by one millionth millionth the world conflict.”
Because I am also a qualified integrative counsellor I also use other approaches to healing and recovery including Freud (psychodynamic), but also humanistic and integrated theories.
‘I came to therapy utterly broken having believed that the only way for my son to have any kind of good life would be one without me in it. I was completely lost and wanted to no longer exist.
Since therapy I have, with Linda’s invaluable help, understood how to save myself. She has taught me methods to use to understand about negative feelings and their impact. I can use those to great effect.
The upshot of this is to give me the self-confidence I had lost, to resurrect a happy version of myself that I thought was lost in grief and made me realise that trauma and C-PTSD can not only be overcome, but that you can learn to thrive again…to love again.
In essence it has saved mine, and consequently also my family’s, lives.’