Depth Psychology

Jungian analysts have studied the works of Carl Jung, a famous psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who separated from his friendship with Sigmund Freud and developed his own theories of analytical psychology. “Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, and extraversion and introversion.”  Many therapists are influenced by Jung’s work and use the concepts in their own work. These therapists are not analysts because they have not studied formally to be Jungian analysts.   

One aspect of Jungian therapy involves dream tending, which is to record dreams and learn to understand the messages Psyche is communicating to assist in growth. Jeanine enjoys working with clients in understanding their dreams. It is important to know that a therapist’s interpretation is not necessarily correct, particularly if the meaning does not resonate with the client. Dream tending is a process to be studied.

Jungian therapy is considered in a category called depth psychology. “Depth psychology states that psyche is a process that is partly conscious and partly unconscious and partly semi-conscious. In practice, depth psychology seeks to explore underlying motives as an approach to various mental disorders, with the belief that the uncovering of these motives is intrinsically healing. It seeks the deep layers underlying behavioral and cognitive processes. The initial work and development of the theories and therapies by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Otto Rank have resulted in three main perspectives on depth psychology in modern times:

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