When you are dealing with issues in your life, there comes a time when you want to begin to make changes. You might be dealing with depression or anxiety or suicidal thoughts. Maybe you need help sorting out challenging relationships or recovering from addictions. There are many reasons people seek help in the mental health arena, but it’s hard to know who to reach out to, when there are so many competing options available.
One solution is Jungian psychotherapy. If you don’t know very much about Jungian therapy, you’ll find some answers here, in these commonly asked questions.
1. What is the difference between Jungian Therapy and CBT?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is structured, short-term therapy that focuses on specific problems and conscious behaviours in the here and now. CBT tends to be short-term, often around 6 sessions in length.
Jungian Therapy looks to the unconscious mind to reveal symbols. Therapists believe the repressed thoughts and memories will provide clues that explain what is happening in the conscious mind. Clients will explore the relationships between long-term problems, past traumatic events, and current issues and behaviour. This type of work allows clients to explore their unconscious and seek healing from within themselves. The role of the Jungian therapist is to help the client make interpret the hidden meanings and bring them into conscious thought.
2. What is depth therapy?
Depth psychology refers to therapies that bring healing by working with the unconscious mind. Using in-depth therapy techniques, registered psychotherapists can explore unconscious ideas that are influencing current thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. This type of therapy is often used when other treatment approaches have been ineffective, when issues are seen as complex or deep-seated and more exploration of the unconscious mind is needed.
3. Why are dreams important?
A Jungian therapist is well-versed in the symbols that appear in dreams and other unconscious experiences, such as artistic expression, and can help you recognize and understand their significance in your life.
4. What can I expect during a session?
Because this type of therapy tends to last longer than other treatments, you can expect to develop a relationship, with your therapist, based on trust and respect. He or she will listen, without judgement, to your experiences. You may be asked to journal your dreams or participate in artistic pursuits to reveal parts of the unconscious mind.
The goals of this therapy are to grow in self-knowledge and to achieve wholeness, even during difficult times. Typically, clients will be able to feel more balance and joy in their everyday lives. They will gain new understanding about themselves and learn how to manage problems in new, constructive ways, even in new situations.
5. What is a Jungian Analyst?
An Jungian Analyst has earned a post graduate diploma in Analytical Psychology from a recognized Jungian Institute.
6. How long will I attend sessions?
The answer to this question will vary with each individual and with the issues that you are facing. Typically, you will begin to see meaningful change after about 6 months and research shows that clients who see the most success and the greatest long-term change attend about 2 years of weekly sessions.
If you are considering Jungian therapy, you need to know that there is commitment involved. Some issues may require more frequent visits and therapy will usually continue for an extended period of time. Doing the work requires dedication. There will often be homework between sessions, but investigating the symbology underlying your conscious life will help you discover information about yourself and you will reap transformational rewards.