Analytic Jungian Work
An important source of influence and guidance in my work has been the work of C.G. Jung, a contemporary of Freud who highlighted spirituality, creativity, and the search for meaning and wholeness as no less important forces in the human psyche than the forces of sexual gratification and the search for power that Freud and his psychoanalytic followers so strongly emphasized in their approach.
Analytic Jungian work takes a multitude of forms, and is flexible and unique to each individual by definition, as it seeks to support each person in discovering, unfolding and living as close as possible to the totality of their whole personality. This kind of soulful, deep inquiry requires from both therapist and client a genuine spirit of open-mindedness, humility and an attitude of acceptance of what is yet unknown, unreachable or even unthinkable in each person's life and very being.
This works unfolds differently for different people; for some, it is the use of powerfully resonant images and symbols that appear in dreams, through sand-play or drawing, or spontaneously when engaging the imagination; for others it is quiet contemplation; for others yet it is through bodily sensations, emotions or intuition that contact with what Jung Called "the Spirit of the Depths" emerges and becomes accessible to dialogue and mutual learning.
Differently from traditional psychoanalytic work, this kind of depth psychotherapy does not require a certain number of weekly sessions or laying on the couch; it is rather tailored uniquely to each person's needs and capacity. Another important aspect of this work is that the goal of "individuation", which was Jung's term for the central process of coming into wholeness, does not end at the interior level of the individual's relationship with themselves, but rather entails an ethical calling to engage in and with the world with the same spirit of inquiry, responsibility, and acceptance as one has with their own selves.