While most schools of psychology prioritize resolving disturbances in outer life, Jungian analysis particularly engages one’s inner life or self to achieve balance between the demands of life in the external world and the need for a meaningful internal world. Jungian analysis goes beyond the relief of symptoms to seek their symbolic meaning and unseen opportunities for growth. It honors depth, complexity and wholeness.
People may engage in an analytic process due to emotional distress or because they feel a persistent need for greater meaning and self-discovery. An initial period of psychotherapy can become a more analytic process that emphasizes working deeply rather than quickly.
The analyst will engage with you in processes that increase understanding of the unconscious influences in your life so that unrecognized or denied aspects of your personality can be recognized. Jungian analysis values working with dreams, a nightly pathway to those unknown parts of yourself that inform and enlarge your waking life. The analyst will also pay special attention to symbols, images, and complexes (ingrained ways of feeling and behaving charged by emotion).
The goal of Jungian analysis is individuation, Jung’s term for wholeness. It is characterized by an awareness of an abiding sense of self, steady presence in the world, and aliveness even in the face of difficulties. The analytic process fosters the discovery of your innate potential and allows it to unfold so you can become who you were truly meant to be.