About Jungian Analysis

This section should be read in conjunction with the “About Psychotherapy” section as much of the content applies here too.

Training as a Jungian Analyst is far more intensive than psychotherapy training. Trainees are required to be in Jungian Analysis between 2 and 4 sessions per week (depending on the training institute). I trained at the Association of Jungian Analysts in London (see www.jungiananalysts.org.uk) where the requirement is a minimum of three times weekly analysis over a number of years.

Jungian Analysis is concerned with deep exploration of the matters described in the psychotherapy section. Working with dreams is central to the approach, although you do not have to have dreams to go into analysis! Analysis works with deep unconscious processes. Working through issues with an analyst may lead to greater integration of aspects which have been difficult to acknowledge, or releasing one from long-held negative patterns of thought/behaviour, and gaining ways of going forward in life. This might be experienced as expansion and is sometimes felt as an enhancement of the personality and ability to cope with and enjoy life.

You might find it helpful to read my C.G. Jung: The Basics (Routledge), which can be found on Amazon and at Karnac books. Or the chapter I wrote on “Analytical Psychology” (an alternate name for Jungian Analysis) in The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which can be purchased at Amazon here or from Karnac Books here.

Mandala painted by C. G. Jung and reproduced in his “Commentary of the Secret of the Golden Flower” from his The Red Book.   London & New York: W.W. Norton,  2009: 105 (cf note 186 pp 297).