Here's an introduction to help you figure out whether Jungian Analysis might be useful to you.
What is Jungian Analysis?
Jungian analysis is an intensive form of psychological treatment in which patient and analyst talk together about the patient’s life experience, past and present, and how the past affects present beliefs and behaviour.
The aim of this dialogue is to throw light on the unconscious processes and patterns of reaction in the patient and so work towards the resolution of internal conflict. It is hoped that this will encourage greater satisfaction in personal relationships, meaning in daily life and success in achieving one's objectives.
Working with dreams and images is an integral part of the work as a way of beginning to make links with the unconscious.
Who might benefit from Jungian Analysis?
Adults: analysis is designed to meet the needs of people with a wide range of emotional difficulties. These include anxiety, depression and mood swings that are hard to cope with and understand. It can also be suitable for those who are having difficulty in their relationships, either personally or at work, and for those who feel that life has lost its meaning and purpose.
Young People: analysis can also help young people experiencing emotional difficulties, at home, at school or in society. It can help those who are having difficulty adjusting to life changes with anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders. Often therapy at an early stage can help solve problems which, if left, may become more intractable.
How does Jungian Analysis differ from Psychotherapy and Counselling?
There are many different types of treatment which are called psychotherapy, counselling and analysis. It is not easy to draw a hard and fast line between them but, broadly speaking, analysis is more intensive and will probably require more frequent sessions.
The more frequent sessions allow an opportunity to work with the unconscious more deeply and it allows the more negative thoughts and feelings to be expressed which often feel too dangerous to open up when meeting once a week. The work does require commitment on both sides. It is a financial commitment too as this process of change takes time. However, the investment in the process can lead to change in oneself and provide meaning in life.
The work of Carl Gustav Jung provides profound insights into the working of the psyche. He said: "I regard it as the noblest task of psychotherapy to untiringly serve the personal growth of the individual".