Long ago, in my own studies of depth psychology before I was teaching in these areas, I remember thinking, “These concepts should not be so separate, so elitist and academic—they are tools for living.” I remember seriously wondering what the world would be like if children started learning the concepts of projection and projective identification in kindergarten. If they started their school life understanding how important dreams are—how dreams are the other half of life and contain crucial messages of guidance and meaning not accessible in other ways.
Many indigenous cultures looked to the dream world to find the individual’s purpose and proper place in the community. Dreams are essential and natural, but we have become so estranged from them in our “advanced” culture.
I remember also fantasizing what the larger culture would be like if more adults had easier access to this knowledge, and how my life might have been different if my mother and father had understood some of the basic tenets of depth psychology. I know from my own experience that the concepts of projection and projective identification have continued to deepen, and I have been in awe at the levels of revelation that come with time, reflection, and engagement with these psychological concepts.
Depth psychology is about life. It is my hope that these online courses will support many individuals in understanding their lives, relationships and inner world more fully.
I have taught numerous courses in depth psychology over the years, including: Psychopathology, Dreamwork, Spiritual Practices and the Healing Arts, The Depth Psychology of Love, The Complex Nature of Inspiration, and Psyche and Eros: The Psychology and Mythology of Relationships and Sexuality.
The two courses that I have chosen to offer in this online format were my favorite ones to teach and I believe are the most practical and helpful to both professionals and the general public alike: Dreamwork and The Depth Psychology of Love.
Self Study - Work at your own pace
I know not everyone can afford an advanced degree in psychology or a formal depth analysis, and sometimes even if finances are not an obstacle, it can be hard to find the time. The beauty of these courses is that they are designed for self-study and thus can be worked at your own pace. I would recommend four to six months as a guideline.
Each course has eight to ten modules, which include video lectures, audio lectures, images, readings (some of the books recommended require you to purchase them but many articles are included as PDF files), exercises and suggestions.
I regret that due to the sheer volume of emails, I am not able to respond to ongoing questions about the modules or to give direct feedback on the dreamwork exercises. That is why they are designed in this workbook multimedia format. If you would like direct feedback, you are free to book an hourly session by phone or Skype and send me the dream material prior to our meeting. I charge $220 plus GST for these individual consultations and can accommodate when I have space open in my schedule.