What is Jungian Analysis?
When It’s Used
Jungian therapy can help improve the lives of those with depression, anxiety, grief, phobias, relationship or trauma issues, low self-esteem, or other emotional problems. It is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of themselves and is willing to make a commitment to the work involved in acquiring that knowledge.
What to Expect
In addition to talking, a Jungian analyst may use various techniques, such as dream journaling and interpretation, and creative experiences like art, movement, or music, to encourage self-expression and release your imagination. Your analyst may also try word association tests, wherein the analyst says a specific word and records how long it takes you to respond with the first thing that comes to mind. Your response time can indicate emotions and issues you connect to certain words. Depending on your situation and the agreement you make with your analyst, you will meet for regularly scheduled sessions, one or more times a week.
How It Works
Originating in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung early in the 20th century, Jungian therapy focuses more on the source of a problem than on the manifestations or symptoms. Jung believed that an individual’s repressed experiences and memories, in combination with what he called the “collective unconscious,” or natural traits that affect everyone, result in an imbalance between conscious awareness and the unconscious mind that has a detrimental effect on one’s emotional life. In analysis, one must explore the deep-rooted causes of relationship problems and blocked emotions to achieve “individuation,” or wholeness. If one tries simply to relieve the symptoms, the issues will not be resolved and are bound to resurface. The success of Jungian analysis depends on the client’s commitment to regularly scheduled sessions and intense work.
THOMAS ELSNER, J.D., M.A.
Certified Jungian Analyst, I.A.A.P.
Certified Psychoanalyst, California Medical Board
5290 Overpass Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111