Jungian Analysis

 What is Jungian Analysis?

Jungian analysis is based on the theories of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist who along with Freud, developed psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Jung believed that unconscious experience is a rich source which contains the ingredients that can enable the individual to have a rich and fulfilling life. People often associate Jungians with dreams, myths and images. This is because Jung believed that these offer clues to what may lie behind current difficulties; or to put it another way, clues to our current difficulties lie in the parts of ourselves that we aren't ordinarily aware of, but that we may access in various ways, including through dreams, images, myths, art works and symptoms. He believed that we become ourselves through a process of getting to know ourselves better.

He also belived that we become who we are through relationships with others. A Jungian approach to mental health and well-being takes into account the social and cultural context into which people are born, grow up and live including their intergenerational inheritance.  

“We only become ourselves with people and for people…the self is like a crowd, therefore being oneself, one is also many…. Being an individual is always a link in a chain; it is not an absolutely detached situation, in itself only, with no connection outside.” Jung 1988

What can I expect from my Jungian Analyst?

I provide a confidential and safe space in which I  carefully listen to and reflect on a person's dreams, their symbolic imagery; their art work and symptoms and their account of the events in their daily life. I carefully listen to and think about the way in which this material and other thoughts and feelings are expressed. I endeavour to be sensitively attuned to the nature of the relationship between myself and my patients. I  share my understanding and thoughts and invite feedback; in this way, through shared thinking and discussion, together we can try and understand the underlying issues.

How does it work?

Over time, this process of talking, reflecting and thinking together is intended  to diminish symptoms. The aim is to encourage increased confidence and feelings of well-being and enhance the possibility of living a creative and fulfilling life.

Through our work together I have learned so much about myself and I have been able to change my life." adult patient *

*This and other similar statements on this website are indicative of the kind of feedback I have received, and are not actual phrases used by real people. All discussions in sessions are confidential.

Does Jungian Analysis and Psychoanalysis work?

Research demonstrates the efficacy of Jungian analysis, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. If you are interested, you may like to read:

Stevenson, J., Meares, R. D’Angelo, R. (2004) Five-year outcome of outpatient psychotherapy with borderline patients. Department of Psychological Medicine, The University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital.  Psychological Medicine, 2005, Vol 35, pp. 79-87. Cambridge University Press.

Recognition of Psychotherapy Effectiveness (2012) American Psychological Association. Washington  www.apa.org/about/policy/resolution-psychotherapy.aspx

F. Leichsenring and S. Rabung (2008), ‘Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Meta-analysis’. JAMA, 300(13), pp. 1551-1565.

W. Keller, G. Westhoff, R. Dilg, R. Rohner and H.H. Studt (2006), ‘Effectiveness and utilization of health insurance benefits in long-term analyses: Results of an empirical follow-up study on the effectiveness of Jungian Analysis’.

B. Milrod, F. Busch, A.C. Leon, T. Shapiro, A. Aronson, J. Roiphe, M. Rudden, M. Singer, H. Goldman, D. Richter and M.K. Shear (2000), ‘Open Trial of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder: A Pilot Study’. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157, pp. 1878-1880.

Norman Doidge (1997), ‘Empirical evidence for the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapies and psychoanalysis: An overview’. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. (Suppl), pp. 102-150.