Jungian Analytic Therapy

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Jungian Analytic Therapy:

Background & Overview:

Jungian Analytic Therapy, also known as Jungian Analysis, is a form of depth psychology that was developed by renowned Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. It is based on the teachings and theories of Jung, who was a student of Sigmund Freud before diverging from his mentor to form his own approach to therapy. Jungian analysis focuses on exploring the unconscious mind, archetypes, and the collective unconscious to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their psychological struggles.

Jungian Therapy is rooted in the belief that the human psyche consists of both the ‘conscious’ and ‘unconscious’ mind, and that a balance between the two is essential for mental health. The therapy aims to bring the unconscious into the conscious realm through dreams, symbols, and other unconscious manifestations. By exploring these aspects of the psyche, clients can gain insight into their behaviours, beliefs, and emotions, and work towards personal growth and self-realisation. Jung believed that the unconscious mind contains not only repressed thoughts and memories, but also a deeper, more universal aspect known as the collective unconscious. This collective unconscious stores archetypal images and symbols that are common to all human beings, such as the mother, father etc. By exploring these archetypes, individuals can gain insight into their fears, desires, and motivations.

What A Session Looks Like:

A typical Jungian Analytic Therapy session involves the client and therapist engaging in deep, exploratory conversations about the client’s thoughts, feelings, dreams, and experiences. The goal of the therapy is to help individuals achieve ‘individuation’, which is the process of integrating the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche to achieve self-actualisation and a sense of wholeness. The therapist helps the individual explore their dreams, fantasies, and creative expressions to uncover unconscious material and work through unresolved conflicts. The therapist may also use techniques such as dream analysis, active imagination, and artistic expression to help the client access and explore their unconscious mind, and process unconscious material. Sessions are usually held once or twice a week, and can last for several months to several years, depending on the individual’s needs and goals. The therapist creates a safe and supportive environment for the individual to explore their inner world.

A typical session may begin with the individual discussing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences from the past week. The therapist may then guide the individual in exploring a dream or fantasy, asking questions to help uncover underlying symbols and meanings. Through this process, the individual gains insight into their unconscious motivations and learns how to integrate this knowledge into their conscious awareness.

Who Might Benefit:

People who might benefit from Jungian analysis include those struggling with existential questions, relationship issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, and other psychological challenges. The therapy can help individuals gain clarity, self-awareness, and a sense of purpose. It is also beneficial for those seeking personal growth, spiritual development, and a deeper connection to their inner selves.

Criticisms:

Criticisms of Jungian Analytic Therapy include concerns about its subjective nature, lack of empirical evidence, and potential for over-reliance on symbolism and metaphor. Some critics argue that the therapy is too abstract and esoteric, and may not be appropriate for all individuals. Additionally, Jungian Analysis can be a lengthy and expensive process, which may not be accessible to everyone seeking mental health support.

Benefits:

The benefits of Jungian Analytic Therapy include increased self-awareness, improved relationships, greater emotional resilience, and a stronger sense of purpose. The therapy can also help individuals break free from negative patterns and beliefs, and develop a more authentic sense of self. Additionally, Jungian Analysis can be a valuable tool for those seeking to understand and integrate their unconscious motivations, desires, and fears.

Applications & Usage:

Jungian analytic therapy has been used in a variety of settings and applications, including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and even organisational consulting. The therapy can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse populations, and has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health issues. Jungian Analysis is also popular among those interested in personal development, spirituality, and exploring the depths of the human psyche.

Essential elements of Jungian Analytic Therapy include the exploration of archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the individuation process. Archetypes are universal symbols and patterns that exist in the collective unconscious, and hold great psychological significance. The therapy also emphasises the process of individuation, which involves integrating conflicting aspects of the personality to achieve wholeness and self-realisation.

Case Study:

A case study example of Jungian Analysis might involve a client who is struggling with feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem. Through therapy, the client discovers that these feelings are rooted in childhood experiences of neglect and abandonment. By exploring these unconscious patterns and beliefs, the client is able to confront and work through their emotional pain, and develop a more positive sense of self-worth.

In conclusion, Jungian Analytic Therapy offers a unique and profound approach to exploring the depths of the human psyche. Through its emphasis on the unconscious mind, archetypes, and the individuation process, the therapy can help individuals gain insight, self-awareness, and personal growth. While criticisms exist, Jungian Analysis continues to be a valuable tool for those seeking to understand and integrate their inner worlds, and find greater meaning and fulfilment in their lives.

References:

Fordham, M., 2018. Jungian psychotherapy: A study in analytical psychology. Routledge.

 

Jones, K., 1999. Jungian theory. Encyclopedia of creativity2.

Jung, C.G., 2014. Analytical psychology. In An Introduction to Theories of Personality (pp. 53-81). Psychology Press.

Applied Behaviour Analysis Case Study

Rowan is a 13 year old male with a diagnosis of Autism (ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder). He lived with his parents and 3 siblings. Both parents were working long hours in their jobs and the maternal grandparents who lived nearby, were looking after Rowan and his siblings when he finished school.

Rowan was in a mainstream school. Rowan had few friends and often found it difficult to make eye contact with people and often people thought he was being rude. He did not engage in afterschool activities as he found it hard to socialise and initiate verbal communication, especially with people he did not know very well.

He would get easily frustrated if he did not understand things and would resort to having a tendency to cause harm to himself (for example pinching himself or scratching)

Assessment and Treatment

One goal identified with Rowan was developing his social and interpersonal skills in regards to increased and appropriate eye contact and instigating verbal communication with people he did not know that well.

Rowan underwent a ten week ABA programme designed to improve his ability to engage in socially appropriate behaviours and started attending an after school club with new people who shared a similar interest to him. He started by saying hello and introducing himself to others.

ABA was effective in increasing spontaneous greetings in this student with autism and has improved his socialization by targeting specific behaviours that impacted upon his ability to interact with others.

In regards to managing his frustration, Rowan was introduced to relaxation skills such as deep breathing, taking Time away from the situation, counting to ten and using elastic bands and stress balls to use when he had the urge to hurt himself.

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