Central & West London
About Jungian Analysis
“Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakens.”
– Carl G Jung
Jungian Analysis – also referred to as Jungian Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology – is an intensive, open-ended form of treatment that aims for deep-seated change in the way our inner world is structured. Influenced by Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), a leading psychiatrist of his day and one of the pioneers of so-called depth psychology, Jungian Analysis continues to evolve and develop, responding in a questioning and thoughtful way to our constantly changing world. Jungian Analysts use this developing knowledge and understanding to better help the people they treat.
While each analysis is unique, the overall aim of Jungian Analysis is ‘individuation’, Jung’s term for the process of self discovery. Individuation is characterised by an awareness of a robust and steady sense of self and aliveness even in the face of difficulties. Jung believed it was never too late to change things, to make the most of life and to find meaning in it. He put emphasis on the importance of knowing who you are, an ongoing process that happens throughout our life-span in the context of our relationships with others. Based on this central concept, Jungian Analysts start any analysis by recognising the potential in each individual and working toward allowing the person to develop themselves fully.
How Does It Work?
Analysis is a dialogue between two people, it involves meeting with your analyst on a regular basis, often several times a week for sessions that last fifty minutes. This stable, confidential structure gives the two of you a chance to connect with and understand what’s happening at a deeper level.
In examining what lies beneath the surface of our behaviour, analysis teaches us about the unconscious psychological forces outside of everyday awareness. Sometimes we don’t understand the beliefs and fears that shape our way of looking at and living in the world – they have become ingrained and automatic. We can find ourselves repeating destructive patterns; feeling stuck in unhappy relationships and stunted in our emotional, creative and professional development.
A significant aspect of any analytic way of working is that the relationship with the analyst becomes the medium through which more buried and unconscious patterns of relating can be experienced, thought about and understood. It’s through this process that deep and lasting change in the personality can occur.
It’s my experience that the relationship between patient and analyst can create conditions that support transformation in people’s lives. It provides containment which allows for the exploration of blocks and interruptions to the individuation process, as well as fostering the emotional, reflective and creative processes that facilitate growth.
Who Is It For?
Analysis is a highly effective psychological treatment that can significantly diminish suffering and improve health and wellbeing. It’s particularly suited for individuals who want to understand themselves and their difficulties via an in -depth, long term relational process. By being generous with time, attention and thought allows for a sufficient level of trust to develop that is conductive to facing and working through deep-seated issues and allowing more difficult thoughts and feelings to emerge-something that might feel more risky in less frequent sessions.
Who is a Jungian Analyst?
A Jungian Analyst is someone who has completed an intensive, supervised training. Only someone who has graduated from a Jungian training program approved by the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP) is recognised as a Jungian Analyst. Analytic training, with its high standards of professional competence and personal integrity, takes a number of years to complete. I have trained with Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP), which offers one of the most intensive Jungian Analytic trainings available. SAP is also a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) which is one of the two main regulatory bodies in the UK for psychoanalytic psychotherapy practitioners.
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I offer a confidential, safe and highly professional relationship in a caring and containing environment where you can discuss whatever may be troubling you and clarify areas of difficulty without fear of judgment.
Get in touch
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the therapist so please call or email me to arrange an initial brief telephone conversation. We will then meet for a consultation during which we will explore how we may work together before making a longer term commitment to ongoing therapy.
Avenue Crescent, London W3 8EW
Chiswick and West London
Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North, London, W4 4DH
City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1JQ