Jungian analysis is a
specific form of psychotherapy that is compatible with many mainstream
approaches. I employ several of these approaches, including cognitive
behavioural therapy, family systems theory, Gestalt therapy, narrative
therapy, expressive arts therapy, and psychoanalytic self psychology.
Think of Jungian analysis as value-added
psychotherapy because it adds value to each of these approaches.
C.G. Jung (1875-1961) developed an elaborate
psychological theory and an approach to clinical practice based on his own
experience and the experience of Freud and Adler. He called it Analytical
Psychology, though today it is more popularly known as Jungian analysis.
Many of Jung’s ideas about the structure of psyche have passed into common
usage: archetypes, persona and shadow, complexes, personal and collective
unconscious, anima and animus, ego and the Self, introvert and extravert,
to name just a few.
Less well-known are his ideas about the process by
which we grow into our full potential as individuals. This process, which
Jung called individuation, is the focus of Jungian analysis. It is often a
lengthy process but it is also possible to attend to a particular issue
for a short period of time.