Approaching analysis and psychotherapy through a Jungian lens
A Jungian approach to psychotherapy and analysis is based on the theories of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist who, during the early and mid-twentieth century, along with Freud and others, established the foundations of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: the guiding principles on which much of contemporary psychotherapy and psychology is based and the efficacy of which contemporary research in neuroscience confirms. Many of Jung's ideas, like complex, archetype, introversion and extraversion, are part of our ordinary everyday vocabulary and culture. Jung believed that unconscious experience was a rich source containing the ingredients that can enable individuals to fulfill their potential. People often associate Jungians with dreams, myths and images. This is because Jung believed that these offer clues to what may lie behind current difficulties. Or to put it another way, as well as obvious life events, clues to our current difficulties lie in the parts of ourselves that we aren't ordinarily aware of, but that we may access in various ways, including through dreams, images, myths, art works and symptoms. He believed that we become ourselves through a process of getting to know more about these out-of-awareness parts of ourselves.
The importance of relationship and connection
Jung believed that we become who we are through relationships with others. A Jungian approach to mental health and well-being takes into account the social and cultural context into which people are born, grow up and live. This includes their intergenerational inheritances. Jungian analysts are highly trained to work at depth and are required during training to undergo their own analysis over many years in order to understand their own unconscious experience.
'We only become ourselves with people and for people…the self is like a crowd, therefore being oneself, one is also many…. Being an individual is always a link in a chain; it is not an absolutely detached situation, in itself only, with no connection outside.' (Jung 1951/1966)