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The Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) recognized that within everyone there exists an organic drive toward wholeness. He called this the process of individuation. Jung felt that identifying and dealing with unconscious complexes, typically at the root of physical and emotional pain, was a starting point to recovery and a more balanced or whole approach to one's life.

Jungian Analysis assists in the discovery of what may interfere in our lives and how we relate to it. The therapeutic work embraces the issues the individual brings into the sessions. The therapeutic method can take a look at the symbolic level of those issues and their underlying meaning can be explored through dreams - the symbolic level of the unconscious and the deeper psyche.

The journey of individuation is one of personal growth, to realize one's unique potential which may have been set aside many years ago while trying to assimilate societal norms and expectations. By going within and finding the meaning of your life, there is possibility for reflection and discovery that can lead to wholeness through consciousness.

symbols

The images on this web page may appear in our lives randomly or in our dreams on occasion. Carl Jung thought it was essential to explore these symbols to discover what they represent and as a means to resolving an impasse in one's life.

quotes

The psychological mechanism that transforms energy is the symbol. C.G. Jung
When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it. Meister Eckhart
Life has always seemed to be like a plant that lives on its rhizome. It's true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away - an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. C.G. Jung
The word symbol (symbolon), derived from the Greek verb symballo, has long been the object of the most diverse definitions and interpretations. But all these definitions and interpretations are agreed that symbols present an objective, visible meaning behind which an invisible, profounder meaning is hidden.
Oskar Doering