Therapeutic Methods

Analytical psychology does not use standardized methods because identification with a specific school of therapy is not its primary concern. This view is based on the position that in analytic psychology one does not proceed from an optimal method of behavior or experience of a person. What is optimal for each person is worked out in a common therapeutic process. The therapeutic relationship provides a space of protection and trust that flows through the analytic process primarily through conversation and unconscious processes such as transmission and countertransference. However, the analytic approach assumes that language has its space and justification in consciousness, but where unconsciousness begins, other mechanisms of communication and understanding can be shared.

In the analytically oriented therapeutic process, it is believed that most of the therapeutic work and change does not happen in therapeutic conversation. The conversations serve to support the psyche's self-regulatory ability to do its job. This takes place in a continuous exchange between the conscious and the unconscious.

Analytical Psychology supports this work in the self-regulatory process, the understanding between the me and the self, as well as between the conscious and the unconscious through numerous creative approaches, such as:

  • The confrontation with fairy tales and (modern) myths
  • Dealing with dreams (amplification)
  • Symbolization
  • Therapeutic painting and drawing
  • Sand play therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Active Imagination

Sand play therapy and music therapy are not offered by me, but the therapeutic approach is very much appreciated and will be supported.

Therapeutic Relationship

The differentiated and sublime understanding of the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic process is one of the major characteristics of analytically oriented therapeutic disciplines, which consider the relationship to be a psychodynamic process built over decades with a well-founded theoretical basis. This theoretical assumption can also be seen as a major distinguishing feature in contrast to non-analytically oriented therapeutic schools. During their education, psychodynamically oriented therapists undergo sound professional and personal discussions in their therapeutic relationship work. In the analytic schools, one subjects oneself to one's own long-term educational analysis. Only this specialization in psychodynamic processes in a relationship enables the profitable application of a therapeutic method.

For Jungians, psychotherapy is working on the therapeutic relationship, where the gradual recognition, the gentle change, the transformation, the "inner allowance to always start over again" is rehearsed.

Analytical work in the here and now

In Analytical Psychology according to C.G. Jung, it is only in the theory of complexity that a consideration of the past is required. Jungians are much more likely than representatives of other analytical disciplines to understand the importance of the "here and now" for recognizing and processing disorders and clinical diagnoses. Therefore, it is not assumed in the therapeutic process that the effectiveness of the treatment is only caused by the "processing" of the past.

"Not only does every psychotherapist have a method, he is it himself."

– C.G. Jung, CW Vol. 16, § 198
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