Karen Evers-Fahey PhD (RCC)

Practice for Jungian psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Victoria, BC, Canada

Jungian Analysis

 

Psychotherapy is at bottom a dialectical relationship between doctor and patient. It is an encounter, a discussion between two psychic wholes, in which knowledge is used only as a tool. The goal is transformation—not one that is predetermined, but rather an indeterminable change, the only criterion of which is the disappearance of egohood.

--C.G. Jung (CW 11, §904)


 

Jungian Analysis More than anything else, Jungian analysis honors the unique individuality of each client.  It is not a technique or method but rather a process that unfolds according to the needs and inner life of the client. Because of the role of the unconscious as a resource, analysis may involves dream analysis. If a client does not remember dreams, however, that is fine. The unconscious also may find expression through sandplay, painting, drawing, and other kinds of expressive arts, if the client is inclined. Analysis may also consist solely of talk therapy.


Jungian analysis deals with the typical experiences that bring people to therapy such as life transitions, depression, neurosis, anxiety, illness, and loss. These painful times can provide a chance to find the larger meaning in the situation, even the myth of one's life. The process of doing this is called individuation, the movement toward wholeness, or becoming what one truly is. Jungian therapy is primarily forward-looking, focusing not on assigning blame and looking for past causes, but rather on what one will make of the situation, how one rises to the challenge. In alchemical symbolism, this is transforming the lead into gold. 

Medical illness, chronic physical disorders as well as past abuse and trauma present a special challenge to one's sense of self and life meaning. Jungian analysis can aid in finding a new orientation to one's body, relationships, and life history.


C. G. Jung (1875–1961) "The Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung is without a doubt one of the most important  pioneers of modern psychology as well as one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. He was born in 1875 in Kesswil, Switzerland and did his early schooling as well as his medical training in Basel. While working as a psychiatrist at the famous Burghölzli Clinic in Zurich, Jung came in contact with the writings of Sigmund Freud. Jung initiated a friendship with Freud and became one of Freud’s most respected students until the relationship was mutually broken off over differences in theoretical understanding as well as personality differences.

Following the break with Freud, Jung’s own original ideas gained form and led to the existence of his Analytical Psychology. Over the years, working as a doctor and researcher, Jung produced a comprehensive body of writings, which go far beyond the realms of psychology and psychiatry in their meaning for our times. In 1935 he was named Professor at the ETH in Zurich and in 1944 was named Extraordinary Professor at the University of Basel in Medical Psychology.

His understanding of depth psychology has influenced thought in many different fields, providing special and important stimulus to scientific research."

(Biographical information from ISAP Zurich website: www.isapzurich.com/index.php/lang-en/about-us/cg-jung.html)