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Sunday 26 May 2019
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Jungian Therapist: Deepening the Therapeutic Process

Jungian analysis is a form of psychotherapy that was pioneered by a Swiss psychiatrist named Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. This form of analysis has gained several other names over the years such as Jungian psychoanalysis where the term psychoanalysis refers to a therapeutic method that tries to understand the problems a patient might be facing based on his past experiences.  This therapy is useful in addressing core problems that affect a person’s view of himself and of life, his relationships with others and in general his everyday activities. This form of therapy usually carried out by a Jungian therapist can be used to help a person overcome stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, phobias, low self-esteem and a lot of other inadequacies that might be withholding a person from living a full life.

This form of psychotherapy is also called analytical psychology or depth psychology. It is a process where a Jungian therapist and his patient go on a trip down into the subconscious of the patient and try to locate reasons why a person may behave the way he does. In so doing, Jungian analysis does not just deal with the symptoms of a problem that a person might be facing, but rather figures out the root cause of the problem itself and strategize ways to overcome or handle it. The major way they do this is by helping a patient understand what is going on in his subconscious. They help the patient get a firm grasp on how his subconscious affects his conscious personality. Carl Jung believed that if a person can reconcile his conscious and unconscious material, then he can gain mastery over his actions and take appropriate steps to make adjustments where necessary.

There are several methods that a Jungian therapist might employ to fully understand a patient subconscious so as to help them do the same. Among these are dream interpretations. Jungians believe that dreams are a sort of link between the conscious and subconscious. They believe that if the significance of a dream can be understood, then an individual can better understand what his subconscious is trying to pass across. Other such methods include the use of writing, painting, movements, word association, hypnosis, voice dialogue and so on.

A Jungian therapist with his years of training and level of experience is there to accompany and guide you as you journey through your past experiences in an effort to locate certain complexes that might be impeding your personal growth. Depending on the seriousness of the problems you are dealing with, you can decide to book two sessions per week for you and your therapist to work together. As progress is made, these can be reduced to a session a week and even a session in two weeks with the passage of more time.

If after some time you think that you have made the growth you intended to and have no further need for the services of the therapist, you can put an end to the sessions. Some, however, like to keep visiting even if it’s just once a month because they understand how important psychoanalysis is to them. This doesn’t mean that you have to as well after all no two persons are completely alike and your needs might not be the same as the next person.