There can be times in life when we sense that we are not fufilling our full potential. Perhaps we feel that, with the best will in the world, we are unable to form lasting relationships or, for some reason that we cannot fathom, we find ourselves held back in our work or are not as creative as we sense we could be. It could be that relationships with family members seem to be frought. We might feel that we are too hard on ourselves or are always measuring ourselves against others and feeling lacking. There may be times when life seems to have lost all its savour or seems just too much of a struggle.
Psychotherapy is a way of dealing with blocks to growth that lie beneath the surface. We will have been unable improve things just by good intentions and it may be that sharing with others doesn’t seem to bring about any lasting change. Using a whole variety of techniques the aim is to reach the unconcious where the roots of these block lie. It is through the relationship to our unconscious that we can find the meaning of these patterns and discover ways to change them.
What is Jungian Psychotherapy?
Jungian psychotherapy is both psychodynamic and relational, that is, it looks to both what lies in the past and what is unfolding in the present. It is a very creative form of psychotherapy that utilises that naturally creative aspects of the psyche to engage with the unconscious through, for example, dreams, art work, psychodrama and the imagination as well as a detailed exploration and analysis of a person’s whole life story. Above all it is the use of the psyche’s symbolic material that engages the energies for not only change but for transformation. The energy behind negative habits or tendencies, difficult symptoms, and fixed patterns is not destroyed but redeployed — a process of transformation that is best symbolised by the transformation of base lead into gold.