“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”
― Carl Gustav Jung
Why Jungian Analysis?
Jungian analysis is a form of psychotherapy which seeks depth, meaning, and wholeness. Also called Analytical Psychology, it originated in the work of the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung (1875-1961), and continues to be elaborated down to the present. Similar to other therapies, it involves exploring and addressing the challenges, struggles, and pain which led you to seek therapy in the first place. In Jungian analysis, however, the goal is more than just coping and problem-solving, as important as those may be. Rather, the goal is to uncover the meaning present in your life and experiences; to engage with the stories and symbols which shape your life; and to explore what is emerging from your unconscious and what it wants you to understand about yourself and your life. Jungian analysis is about a life-long process of discovering hope and meaning as you become more fully yourself – something Jung called “individuation.”
How does Jungian Analysis work?
If you choose to enter Jungian analysis, we’ll meet once or twice a week to talk through whatever is emerging in you. This may take the form of talking about specific challenges your are facing in your day-to-day life. It may involve walking together through the dark spaces of trauma and suffering. Our work will likely include discussing your dreams, day dreams, and imaginations. It may include art, literature, mythology, and spirituality. Jungian analysis is never only about dissecting and analyzing the past, but is also about seeing where your soul is calling you forward into life. It is about you becoming more fully yourself. Your life and your psyche will lead the way, and we’ll be there together with curiosity, compassion, and hope.
Because the process of analysis is unique to each individual, the best way to learn what Jungian analysis is like is to try it for yourself. If this intrigues you, please reach out to schedule a visit.