“The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.” — C.G. Jung
Jungian analysis is a form of psychotherapy developed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, one of the leading pioneers of modern depth psychology. It is a specialized approach that is aimed at activating the individual’s innate healing capabilities. Our symptoms, our struggles, our suffering and our dreams are all regarded as messages about unknown or neglected parts of ourselves which need attention. By listening to these messages, we gain new perspective on our difficulties, a deeper connection to ourselves and others and the strength to change old patterns. Along with relief from pain, Jungian analysis works toward developing access to our own inner wisdom, self-acceptance, authenticity and renewed energy for life. It is as much a form of “inner work” as it is psychological treatment.
Like other therapies, Jungian analysis is concerned with easing emotional suffering. But while it may include solving problems or coping with crisis, analysis aims at deeper and more lasting change, helping people to grow psychologically by understanding aspects of themselves that were previously unconscious.
The goal is to help people become mature, vital, well-functioning human beings with a renewed sense of their own individual path in life. This process involves not only the healing of psychological wounds, but the uncovering of the unconscious blocks that prevent emotional growth and the realization of creative potential. The aim is not perfection but wholeness.
Certified Jungian analysts undergo rigorous and extensive training. Individuals interested in analytic training must first complete a graduate degree and the supervised clinical experience to become licensed psychotherapists. They then then receive about eight additional years of specialization, including extensive coursework and in-depth supervision focused on understanding the unconscious forces that influence our feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
In addition, training to be a Jungian analyst involves extended personal analysis, to help them recognize and confront their own emotional issues which might interfere with providing the best possible treatment for their patients.
Only graduates of accredited Jungian training institutes can ethically present themselves to the public as Jungian analysts.