Charleston Psychotherapy & Jungian Analysis


Jungian Analysis


The fundamental goal of Jungian analysis is to build a vital relationship between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind so that psychic development can be ongoing. Rather than regarding the unconscious merely as the repository of repressed memories, Jung viewed it as the wellspring of psychic energy and healing. He acknowledged the importance of understanding how the deficits and trauma of our history influence us, but stressed the need to look to the future as well, to understand our inner urge to become the unique individuals that we each have the potential to be. Like other forms of analysis, Jungian analysis recognizes the important roles of sex, aggression, and human relationships in our daily lives, but it also respects our needs for creative expression, meaning, spirituality, and growth as essential aspects of the human psyche.

Jung believed that we develop symptoms when we are stuck in old patterns and fail to integrate creative potentials within our personality. Often such symptoms motivate us to begin analysis. If we do not understand the deeper causes underlying those symptoms and focus merely on their relief, problems are likely to resurface in other ways, such as difficulties in relationships or emotional blocks.

To forge a connection with the unconscious Jungians utilize symbols that emerge spontaneously in patients  fantasies, dreams, creative projects and daily experience. Many of these images are archetypal and also appear in myths and religious traditions. Concentrating on such images generates energy that catalyzes impulses to explore new realms of possibility and action that leads to personal transformation.

Major Practice Proficiencies: Individual psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, counseling with adults and young adults for addictions, abuse, personality disorder, marriage and family concern, personal growth, career change, and professional burnout, grief and loss, midlife transition and general anxiety, depression, and obsessive behavior.


 These mandala Images are from the Collected Works of  C.G. Jung, Volume 9.1, "The Archetypes of the  Collective Unconscious" and are used with the permission of the Estate of C.G. Jung.