David E. Schoen, LCSW, MSSW
The purpose of this presentation is not to diminish any other form of psychotherapy but to articulate and inform about the benefits of Jungian Analysis:
Jungian Analysis is not coaching, does not focus on symptom relief but on the meaning of symptoms, psychologically. It does not have an emphasis on problem solving. It is an in-depth exploration of the psyche in a very individual way. We don’t label in the sense of pathologizing which puts people in a “sick” box and shuts them down. We don’t go for cure but exploration of both the person’s conscious world and inner subjective unconscious world. Our goal is greater awareness, greater consciousness through expansion of the personality, both in a wider and deeper way, which allows a person more freedom psychologically and more options in life more choices in finding what is most true and authentic to the individual.
We do this through working on and exploring dreams, imagination, individuation, persona (the mask we wear in relation to the world), shadow (usually a darker, hidden part of the personality), complexes (which are signaled by a flooding of emotional content), masculine and feminine (known in Jungian Psychology as animus and anima the contra-sexual within), transference/counter-transference (how much we like and dislike each other based on our past), typology (introversion, extraversion, etc.), the archetypes, the Self (the higher wisdom of the psyche), and the unconscious. It, in a sense, is the most thorough mapping of the psyche possible.
Analysis does not operate on the medical model of diagnosis and treatment. We aim for wholeness, healing balance and transformation of the person. We are a non-pathologizing, relational, dialectic model. We don’t go in believing we have the answer. If there is an answer we explore and discover it together. Sometimes it’s a question, or a realization or a mystery. The analyst is affected and changed in the process as much as the client sometimes more. Just as every client is an individual, so is every analyst, and so they won’t be the same or work exactly the same way. One analyst can be very different from the next. Uniformity is not highly valued, but authenticity and being an individual are. We follow Jung’s concepts but each of us as an analyst works in an individual way.
How It Works Practical Things to Know About Analysis:
Most analysts have a sliding scale on fees.
The time is longer months or years. It takes time to do what we do. (The San Francisco Institute’s logo is four snails in a circle following one another to always remind one that it is a slow deliberate process.) We don’t believe in short cuts to wholeness, individuation, or to get to the top of Mt. Everest. Analysis is different in its process and goals than brief supportive psychotherapy (which can be very helpful). But six weeks is not adequate enough time to do what we do.
We usually meet once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. We meet face-to-face. Some analysts do skype and telephone sessions. In analysis the client does a lot of personal work outside of the analysis hour such as recording dreams, reflecting, active imagination, journaling, etc.
Jungian Analysts come from varied backgrounds: Social Workers, LPC’s, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Pastoral Counselors, Marriage and Family Counselors, Nurses, Lawyers, Scientists, Artists, Philosophers, Architects, Medical Doctors, Teachers, Poets, Priests, Ministers, etc.