What is the difference between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and what is the role of the Jungian Psychotherapist?
The terms “Jungian Psychoanalysis” and “Jungian Psychotherapy http://www.nyjungian.com/jungian-analysis.html ” are frequently used loosely and interchangeably. Psychoanalysis, however, is a special form of psychotherapy that works closely with the indra-usa unconscious, and requires that the psychotherapist undergoes a more extensive post graduate training, and an in depth personal psychoanalysis.
The three most pronounced differences between Jungian Psychoanalysis and Jungian Psychotherapy that foster the deep personal change of the therapeutic process are:
- That the goal of Jungian Psychoanalysis is to bring the participant’s awareness and understanding of what was previously unconscious, whereas the focus of Jungian Psychotherapy is often more often one of symptom relief.
- Psychoanalysis examines patterns and motivations in the participant’s thoughts and actions that lie beneath conscious awareness to achieve deeper and more lasting, if not permanent change in the personality than many traditional therapies can actually effect.
- Psychoanalysis focuses on the process of what is explored within the sessions, as well as the content, and how that affects the inner and outer experiences of our lives.
The aim of Jungian Psychotherapy is to assist the individual to explore and establish a healthy relationship to the unconscious, gently opening up neural pathways or channels to a deeper level of consciousness that are able to process faster and more efficiently, avoiding the experience of flooding or being out of balance in relationship to it.
The analytical nature of Jungian Psychotherapy places emphasis on the primary importance of the participant’s psyche and their personal quest for wholeness. The Jungian Therapist helps them to recognize the importance of unconscious patterns, and of the symbolic, in the human life experience. Thishelps emphasize such important concepts as the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious, providing experience of the archetypes, the complex, the persona, aspects of self, the ego, the shadow, the anima, animus, and the self, promoting steps towards individuation.
In order to undergo the individuation process, the participant, under the guidance of the Jungian Therapist, opens to the parts of them self that are beyond their own ego. The participant grows continually in awareness of their psyche, or dreaming state, exploring the facets of religion and spirituality, questioning the assumptions and views of society and the world, rather than simply being a puppet on a string and just going along.
“What youth found and must find outside,the man of life’s afternoon must find within himself.” ~ C.G. Jung.
Who can benefit from working with a Jungian Psychotherapist in Jungian Psychotherapy?
Jungian Psychotherapy can help anyone who has the willingness to explore and a genuine desire to learn about themselves. Anyone can benefit from the commitment toa series of regularly scheduled meetings over a sustained period of time. People who may be suffering from a range of emotional discomfort, finding themselves in a space of love-less-ness including depression, anger and anxiety, and are searching for love outside of themselves in ‘better’personal and work relationships, will find personal empowerment and enjoyment in their ability to turn projection around and discover that they truly have the ability to choose their feelings and have genuine effect on their unconscious.
Jungian Psychotherapy through Jung’s theory of Individuation, the process of inner self-realization, can become a life-long process, fostering a deep connection with the Jungian Therapist and the participant, through which a participant becomes increasingly aware of the source of their true self by seeking wholeness in preference to perfection, shifting to the process of pursuing psychological maturity, finding genuine meaning in life and, ultimately, in death.
Once the truth is ultimately known, all fear vanishes, leaving the experience of unconditional love. And who in their right mind, from a place of unconditional love, would seek fear. It is worth the journey, contact your Jungian Therapist today and begin!