Why choose Jungian therapy?
Jungian therapy starts by recognising the potential in each individual and working toward allowing the person to develop themselves fully. This will frequently involve looking at the way that past experiences have affected the individual and the way they continue to prevent us from living fulfilled lives; in other words, Jungian therapy is about ‘removing obstacles’.
Difficulties such as depression or anxiety may result partly from a lack of development of other elements of the personality, such as assertiveness or the willingness to take risks and engage with life; this will, in turn, usually be related to the person’s life experience and family history. Sometimes the issues relate to past or recent trauma or loss, such as sexual or emotional abuse, bereavement, torture, forced emigration or accident, as well as issues related to retirement, divorce, ageing and redundancy.
Alternatively the issues may be about becoming able to ‘be oneself’, and the relationship with the therapist may be particularly important related to this, where the person can begin to risk being themselves in a safe environment – issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, shame and social phobia come in here. Issues with relationships, or the difficulty forming relationships, are also particularly well addressed by therapy and analysis. As Jung said, every individual is unique and each therapy will be unique to that individual and that therapist.
Analysis or therapy?
Working on these difficulties can bring up deep seated feelings, and it may be helpful to attend sessions more frequently, if that is practicable. This can allow a deeper kind of security and ‘holding’ while the difficulties are worked through. Working four or five times per week is generally known as analysis, although the term most properly refers to a way of working where the analyst stays with what the analysand brings, working all the time to understand the meaning of what is emerging. More frequent meetings can facilitate this process. Many people use the terms analysis or therapy interchangeably, although see below on the two different trainings offered at the SAP.
About our analysts and psychotherapists
All members of the Society of Analytical Psychology undertake an in-depth study of the whole field of Jungian analysis, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, including recent developments in attachment theory and neuroscience. Each of our members will have made their own integration of these influences within their fundamental Jungian orientation.
The SAP recently began offering a second less intensive training so that there are now two categories of membership – analyst and psychotherapist members. Analyst members have completed an analytic training of at least four years, which includes close supervision of their clinical work and an in-depth, four times per week, personal analysis. Psychotherapist members will have completed a psychodynamic psychotherapy training of at least three years, which includes close supervision of their clinical work and a substantial period of at least twice weekly psychotherapy or analysis.
SAP trainee analysts and psychotherapists are experienced practitioners who have had personal analysis or therapy and are now undertaking further rigorous training with the SAP. They have been carefully selected on the basis of their maturity and prior experience and have extensive SAP training prior to beginning with SAP Clinic patients. Click for more information.