In contemporary culture, where everything moves at such a frantic pace, the world of soul and the inner lives of individuals often suffer.
Philosophers, artists and depth psychologists understand that this loss of an inner world creates symptoms of emotional, psychological and physical disturbance.
Depth analysis is a place of reflecting, remembering and reclaiming the parts of the psyche that were forced into the unconscious through the process of socialization (first in the family system and then in the larger culture).
These uninvited, unaccepted and judged psychic aspects become the unconscious “shadow” of the individual. Although these shadow fragments are different for everyone, they often include aspects of sexuality, creativity, genius and strong emotions such as anger and grief. Like all archetypes, the shadow holds both dark and light aspects of the self, so a depth analysis often uncovers creative gifts and untapped potential. Most individuals spend an inordinate amount of energy trying to increase the separation between the shadow and the idealized, preferred version of the self. This striving creates the binary world of good and bad.
Simply splitting the world into good and bad perceptions and objects can separate individuals from deeper more complex realities.
Reclaiming the shadow aspects and having them accessible to consciousness is a protection against the power they wield over an individual’s life from the unconscious. Bringing the shadow into awareness also brings a deep relief and sense of wholeness. This felt sense is reflected in Jung’s infamous statement: “I would rather be whole than good.”
Depth analysis helps individuals and couples break free of destructive, repetitive behaviours and relational dynamics that are obstacles to a greater sense of flow and meaning in life.
The dreams and the symptoms are understood as psychic aspects that are calling the individual into a deeper engagement with life.
This is long-term work.
It looks at complex patterns and themes in dreams over a long period of time until the landscape of the dreams themselves begins to shift significantly. I suggest a six-month commitment to start the endeavour (as I believe this is the minimum amount of time necessary to complete a piece of work that has a chance of being embodied in day-to-day life); however, many clients stay longer for a more encompassing in-depth exploration. These spaces are most often full, but I have openings from time to time, so please do contact me if you are interested in setting up an initial session for us to decide whether it feels like a good fit.