Charleston Psychotherapy & Jungian Analysis

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What is Analytical Psychology?

Analytical Psychology is Jung's term for his theory and practice of psychology. He coined the term to distinguish it from Freud's form of psychotherapy, which Freud called psychoanalysis. The phrase most commonly used today to describe Jung's model of therapeutic practice is Jungian analysis. Whichever term is used, for Jung, psychoanalysis is ideally an attempt to bring conscious and unconscious elements of the psyche into balance.

What is Jungian analysis?

Jungian analysis is a specialized form of psychotherapy in which the Jungian analyst and patient work together to increase the patient's consciousness in order to move toward psychological balance and wholeness, and to bring relief and meaning to psychological suffering. This process can treat a broad range of emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety, and it can also assist anyone who wishes to pursue psychological growth. At the heart of Jungian analysis is a realignment of conscious and unconscious aspects of the personality with an ensuing creation of new values and purpose.

How does Jungian analysis work?

Analysis requires both intensity and regularity. Sessions may be held from once to four or more times per week. However frequency is not predetermined but is decided upon by the analyst and patient in accord with the unique requirements of each individual situation. In current practice it extends over a period of several years or longer. The focus of sessions may derive from patients' experiences in their daily lives; their memories of the past; their feelings and reflections in response to such experiences, memories, or interactions with the analyst; and their dreams, or other spontaneous forms of expression. The strength of the relationship between analyst and patient plays a critical role in this process. Confidentiality and privacy are strictly maintained.