Jungian Therapy is also known as Analytical or Depth Psychology. Jungian Therapy uses techniques like dream analysis to help individuals access their inner (unconscious) world and develop greater self-realization.
In addition to dreams, imaginative and expressive activity of all kinds is encouraged. Drawing, painting, sculpture, story writing, etc., may be suggested as means of expressing emerging unconscious material. Such creative products are then examined in much the same way as dreams.
Carl. G. Jung's theory is a form of psychoanalysis, but it differs from traditional Freudian theory in that Jung added the concepts of individuation (human potential), which includes transcendence and spirituality.
Central to analytical psychology is the encounter with the unconscious. The result is greater adaptation to reality (both inner and outer), and more developed consciousness. We experience the unconscious through symbols, and an essential part of the process is to learn its language.
Synchronicity is a term Jung coined to explain the occurrence of meaningful coincidences. Synchronistic events are often encountered during an analysis of the unconscious.
You may be entering therapy for the first time and not have a sense of what needs to happen other than you want to feel better. It is important to express this as well. Here is a list of what we have seen to be true for many people about therapy:
- It takes time to establish a trusting relationship with a therapist.
- It is important to go at your own pace and not overwhelm yourself.
- We all resist change. Don't be surprised if you are tempted to quit right before some real changes or breakthroughs are about to happen.
- Becoming more healthy and balanced can feel very unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first.
- Being committed to therapy will change your life. Be prepared to feel some loss from this.
- Others may resist your changes and growth and will need time to adapt.
- Therapy is hard work.
- Your therapist is not perfect and will make mistakes. Hopefully he or she will acknowledge and take responsibility for those mistakes.
- Some therapy is short term (usually focusing on one issue and situational) and other therapy may be longer term (more than one or complex issues.)
- Expect your therapist to have good boundaries, avoid dual relationships, be ethical, and treat you with respect. If not, find another therapist.
Remember that therapy, in the hands of a skilled therapist, is a powerful and life-changing experience.It has been shown to be effective for a variety of illnesses and problems. If you need therapy and work as an active participant in your own treatment, you can expect it will be well worth the time and money you invest.