Why might you seek Jungian Analysis or Psychotherapy? There are many reasons people come in to therapy:
- Are you feeling depressed, sad, or anxious?
- Are you suffering from stress or phobias?
- Are you entering a new phase of life, a period of transition?
- Do you feel you have lost your way?
- Do you feel empty, that your life has lost meaning?
- Are you stuck in the same patterns of behaving?
- Do you have relationship difficulties with your partner, family or work colleagues?
- Are you an artist or writer who is feeling blocked?
- Have you had a dream that you would like to explore further and understand?
A crisis is often a clarion call to personal development and transformation from one’s deeper nature, from the Self.
Not everyone seeking Jungian Analysis or Psychotherapy has specific issues. You may come into therapy to find new direction and meaning in life. This can be especially so in the second half of life. Forgotten and undeveloped talents and qualities may need to find expression. We can work together with your dreams, perhaps using sandplay and expression through painting to explore your unconscious images and issues to tap the creative source of your being.
The drive of the unconscious part of our nature is towards wholeness. In analysis we listen to the compensatory, complementary and sometimes prospective communication from the unconscious….hearing the voices of the soul balancing the relationship of conscious and unconscious. Jung calls this process of coming into psychic balance, ‘individuation’, becoming an in-dividual.
In analysis you can learn to listen and understand your inner voice, gain a deeper sense of self, meaning and purpose in life, to become the person you are meant to be.
Exploring issues with an analyst can lead to greater integration of aspects which have been difficult to acknowledge, a release from long-held negative patterns and suffering, and finding ways of moving
forward in life.
In analysis we become aware of those unconscious factors influencing our behaviour. With greater awareness of these issues comes a greater sense of well-being, acceptance and personal control of our
Ultimately, the analytic process helps us to experience life in a more related and authentic way. “Life that just happens in and for itself is not real life: it is only real when it is known. Only a unified personality can experience life, not that personality which is split up into partial aspects, that bundle of odds and ends which also calls itself ‘man’ “. (C G Jung)
Analysis is a process of coming to experience a unified personality by beginning to recognise the unconscious as a co-determining factor of our life. There is a shift in the centre of gravity of the personality and an acceptance by the ego that a greater force is really directing the show. Analysis opens up this ego-Self axis to enable us to listen to the wisdom of the inner voice and find our inner teacher.