People enter into therapy for many reasons. Often the catalyst is difficulty with a relationship, a job, or a way of coping. Perhaps there is a sense that one’s full potential is not being actualized. Anxiety and depression can provide the stimulus to seek help. When they intrude into everyday waking consciousness they are indicators that something is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Psychotherapy is an ideal vehicle for addressing these issues. Areas of particular interest within my practice are parent-child difficulties, especially the early stages of parenting; relationships; finding one’s voice and inner authority; creativity; grief and loss; and the struggle to live one’s own life.

Jungian analysis, also referred to as Jungian psychoanalysis or Analytical Psychology, is a form of psychotherapy that assumes that what is currently unconscious plays a part in keeping us engaged in patterns and dynamics that no longer serve us. Teasing out our own truths and desires from the confusing mass of long-held beliefs and ideas about ourselves is an important component of therapy. By making conscious what is currently unconscious we begin to have more choice about how we bring ourselves into the world instead of continuing to fall into old patterns.

Traditionally, exploring one’s dreams has been a hallmark of Jungian analysis. Dreams are the most familiar form of unconscious messages, but many others exist. Sand play, body movement, active imagination, voice dialogue, drawing, to mention a few- all share the ability to directly speak from the unconscious. All of these methods are available, to be used collaboratively as a means to get to what might not be available consciously.

Jungian analysis is a creative and spiritual endeavor. It is a holistic approach, a process by which we become more fully ourselves, developing a relationship with what Jung called “the Self.” It promotes developing relationships with parts of ourselves that are currently inaccessible and makes a richer, fuller life of authenticity and meaning possible.