What Is Jungian Analysis?
Jungian therapy (analysis) is a specialized form of psychotherapy based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. This therapeutic approach is based on the notion that psychological experiences and conditions find their reference “below the surface” in the unconscious mind. By emphasizing the primacy of affect or emotion as the central organizing principle of psychological life within a therapeutic relationship of mutuality and empathic resonance, this therapeutic modality encourages the innate healing capabilities resident in each of us. As we work with emotional disturbances, life struggles, and dream or artistic images, unknown or neglected aspects of the personality come into focus, seeking our care and attention. Emotional pain finds relief as the patient accesses their inner wisdom, self-acceptance, and authenticity -- enabling them to move from stuckness into meaningful transformation.
Jungian analysts must have completed a graduate education and supervised experience as a licensed psychotherapist before entering extensive analytic training. The most important aspect of the training is a long-term analysis where the candidate processes personal emotional issues that could interfere with the treatment of patients. Analytic training includes several years of extensive coursework and in-depth supervision, all with the unique focus on understanding the underlying unconscious forces that influence feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.