Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy
C.G. Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who spent his early working life at the Burghölzli hospital in Zurich working with mentally unwell patients. He is well-known for his discoveries that the symptoms people had always bore some important relationship to their difficulties – that is, that they were not just ‘random’ ailments, but that they had meaning for the particular individual if one knew how to discover it. Later Jung worked with Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, although they later parted company, and Jung went on to develop his own understanding of the human mind and relationships.
Jungian analysis in the psychoanalytic / developmental tradition in the UK
Since Jung’s death in 1961, the field of Jungian analysis has naturally developed, integrating many insights from psychoanalysis and other related fields to form a well-grounded and established method of psychotherapy in the UK and internationally . At its heart is Jung’s original proposition: that, fundamentally, suffering is a communication from some conflicted parts of the personality that we should pay attention to, understand and integrate so that we can be free of troubling symptoms such as depression, anxiety, long-standing emotional and relationship difficulties.
The Jungian psychotherapist has trained for many years in understanding the interplay of the conscious mind (what we know to be true about ourselves, our ordinary thoughts and beliefs) and the unconscious (what another part of our self might feel, or what a symptom might be communicating). Through the careful paying of attention, and through the ongoing relationship with the therapist, different ways of relating and being can emerge which leave the individual feeling more whole, integrated and free of troubling symptoms of depression, anxiety etc. Jung believed that the goal of psychotherapy was to promote individuation: that is to become most fully who you can be.
Longer term psychotherapy
Jungian analytical psychotherapy offers an open ended relationship in which deeper thoughts, feelings and ways of relating can be examined, understood and ultimately changed. Sessions are weekly and last 5o minutes. Some people also find it helpful to have more than one session of therapy per week so that they can do depth work and feel safe and contained in a relationship and space where this can unfold in its own time.