3. What is Jungian Analysis?

“I regard it as the noblest task of psychotherapy in our times to untiringly serve the personal growth of the individual.” C.G. Jung

Jungian Analysis is essentially “…a dialectical relationship between doctor and patient. It is an encounter, a discussion between two psychic wholes, in which knowledge is used only as a tool. The goal is transformation …” C.G.Jung (CW 11:904)

 

The Jungian approach takes into account the conscious and unconscious complexities of individuals and examines personal issues in the context of current life situations.

Through a supportive dynamic analytical process, one can gain insight into behaviour, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This can lead to an appreciation of a deeper meaning to life, an acceptance and appreciation for one’s personal path, and a realization of one’s potential for change. The analytical process may also include work with dreams, picture interpretation and folk tales, the latter embracing a repository of centuries of general human approaches to problems, their solutions, and inner and outer transformation.

Analytical Sessions comprise a one-on-one meeting between the analyst and the client. These meetings take place once or twice a week for an hour in a confidential and honouring environment.

For an appointment or more information on Jungian analysis please contact:

leslie.zimmermann@gmail.com

+27 (0)83 384 9812

Reflections On How I See You When I Work With You As A Jungian Analyst
As I let my inner eye pass over the faces of you, my clients, who come to my office every week, I am aware of the search in each person’s heart for relief from relational pain, hope for happiness, the search for insight into your behaviour, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. I am aware of the painstaking – sometimes painful and difficult and sometimes joyful – steps towards finding deeper meaning in your lives, the steps towards becoming conscious of your own unique mix of strengths and vulnerabilities, the steps towards appreciating your own personal path, and of shifting your long-held potential for change so that it finally becomes the longed-for path of transformation. All of this takes place in our weekly meetings and is then taken out into the world of your everyday lives – step by step.

These steps cannot be found in books and cannot be taken by reading books. If this were the case, all suffering, pain, growth and change would be readily available for all people and this world we live in would be a place of happiness, contentment and empowered souls. Instead, the knowledge we need is held within us. You are the books that need to be read and understood. Within you are the steps that need to be taken. They’re not in any book “out there.”

This then is what analysis is about. We meet once a week and together, we discover what your own inner world has to say about your unique path to wholeness – to happiness, success, empowerment and love. In our weekly meetings, the steps you need to take become evident.

If this journey is to be successful, it must be entered into fully – not with only half a heart and not as something we somehow “fit” into our busy days. For this reason, it is important to devote yourself to the work that is for yourself by attending all of your sessions unless there is a really good reason for being unable to attend. This is not a course in typing or a degree in economics. Those courses teach you a profession. Jungian Analysis is about the journey of your life. It encompasses, extends beyond and is far larger than your profession. Your life and who you are and who you are not breathes through every relationship, activity, job and position.

Reflections On Remuneration For My Work As A Jungian Analyst

Jungian Analysis is also not separate from remuneration. The fees you pay for analysis go beyond being mere money.

Money expresses the degree of your ongoing personal growth, your maturing self and the wisdom gained on your path. This means that the relationship you have with money continues to change over time. Money links you to your physical reality and to how you use your time. It can fulfil your desires and is deeply linked to your survival needs. The kind of relationship you have with money can mirror how you live, think, feel and function in the world – who you are in the world.

The way you use money and relate to money might show you where your fears and anxieties lie, you might see how greed is constellated in you, or you might see your inner naiveté and dependency reflected in how you work with money. For some, scarcity and for others, generosity might feature. Some people use money to fulfil ego needs, others use it to control, while still others might experience a sense of superiority or entitlement if they have acquired wealth. Money can open doors and its lack can dash our hopes, plans and needs. No matter how wealthy you may be, money can also be intimately tied into your sense of self, which means that its lack or a set-back can lead to the loss of your sense of self and perhaps, lead on to depression.

George Kinder in his ‘Seven Stages of Money Maturity’ links money to the ascending levels of the Chakras. Starting with security which links into your fear of dis-empowerment, he moves onto your relational level which concerns your inner self and the outer “other” – the dynamic where your suffering, pain and shame around money are stored. From here, he maintains you move into a more adult approach where money can be linked to gathering knowledge about its use and where moral choices about money become possible. As we move onto the next levels, we are able to see the bigger picture, understanding the consequences of our use of money and becoming aware of it as the means towards personal transformation. Following on from this, you move to the level where you begin to take responsibility and bring meaning to how you relate to money. Tibetans look at your relationship with money from the perspective that as you develop psychologically and spiritually, so your relationship with money develops.