Jungian Psychoanalysis

The therapeutic work of a lot of British psychoanalysts, such as Marion Milner is very much informed by jungian analysis. Similarly, the work of members of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) - one of the main British Jungian training organisations - is very much influenced by psychoanalytic theorists such as Melanie Klein. So, some members of the SAP and the Institute of Psychoanalysis could easily classify themselves as Jungian Psychoanalysts. I studied at the Guild of Psychotherapists, which is a pluralistic psychotherapy training, teaching Psychoanalytic, Jungian and Phenomenological therapy and my supervisors and analysts came from the Guild, the SAP and the Institute of Psychoanalysis. This allowed me to explore and meld these traditions of therapy into my own way of working - Jungian Psychoanalysis. What have I taken from these traditions?


Psychoanalysts try to understand the subtext of their client's life - the underlying meaning of what the client is saying - whether that is in the description of what happened to them that day or in the description of a dream. By bringing together these subtexts, the psychoanalyst is trying to get a picture of and understand the client's internal world and to try to question dysfunctional narratives and defences which inhabit the client's internal world. In other words, the psychoanalyst is trying to elucidate and question the client's lifeworld - the conglomeration of consciousness, unconscious and the client's external environment. A couple of books which illustrate this way of working are;

The Words to Say It by Marie Cardenal and

On Learning from the Patient by Patrick Casement

Jungian Therapy

Carl Jung was initially a student of Freud and so his basic way of working was very similar to Freud's. The main ways he diverged from Freud was in de-pathologising the unconscious - seeing therapy more as a process of personal development than as a cure for an ailment. As part of this he embraced mystical traditions from India and China and he was very interested in creative play, visualisation and dreams as ways of self exploration. He encouraged clients to become the best version of themselves - to individuate and he was very tolerant of the altered states of consciousness sometimes experienced during processes of individuation. A couple of books which illustrate Jung's way of working are;

Jung by Anthony Storr and

The Inner World of Trauma by Donald Kalsched

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