About Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."
"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases."
These two quotes by C.G. Jung express something of what underpins my work as I accompany you on your journey of self-discovery. You bring yourself as you are into the sessions. My task is to listen very carefully to what you say, to understand who you are and what you do. Some people find this type of witnessing and being alongside extremely helpful in itself. When you are ready to want to know who and how you are in relation to others, we can embark on sensitively thinking about you together. Jung put much emphasis on the importance of knowing who you are - your sunny side as well as your shadow part - so as to get in touch with your own creativity: more artfully managing your life according to your true self I understand to be one of the main goals of Jungian analysis.
Such journeys are often embarked on when reaching a point of crisis in life. You might be feeling low, ‘not quite yourself’ or tired of repeating the same mistakes or patterns; you might have suffered hurts and losses you find difficult to recover from. You might be trying to find a way forward out of confusion or entrapment, or you may be longing to find yourself. You might wish to understand better the way you relate to others and yourself.
Explorations into the realms of your thought processes and dreams require a safe, undisturbed, confidential place in a non-judgemental atmosphere outside of your usual social circles, where you can - at your pace - explore the paths you have trodden and those you may wish to set foot on in terms of relationships, ways of living, and work. My role is to support you in your search, in the process of making sense of events and emotions.
Contacting a stranger when feeling vulnerable can be intimidating for some and embarrassing to others. I keep this in mind, particularly during our initial meeting, when we discuss what it is you would like to explore. Sometimes a few initial meetings are needed to decide on the next steps, e.g. a medium- or long-term commitment or, indeed, a referral to a different type of therapy altogether. I endeavour to discuss referrals to other professionals when necessary and possible. The decision-making will always be a mutual enterprise.