What Is Analytical (Jungian) Psychology?

Copenhagen 1996, revised 1998, 2000 and January 2001

List of all jungian analysts practising in Denmark

WHAT IS JUNGIAN OR ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY?

All schools of depth psychology see the human psyche as consisting of both a conscious and an unconscious part. In jungian theory, the unconscious psyche contains positive as well as negative emotions, memories, and fantasy images. These are partly suppressed emotions and imagery of a personal nature and partly emotionally charged imagery of a more universal human or archetypal nature. Both aspects are present in products of the unconscious psyche, e.g. in dreams. The interplay between consciousness, the unconscious, and the outside world influences the individual in a variety of ways. This may result in psychological symptoms and suffering but awareness of these dynamics may also represent opportunities for growth and for development of the personality in question.

WHEN CAN WE BE OF ASSISTANCE?

Psychological suffering often expresses itself in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, lack of self confidence, feelings of emptiness or of meaninglessness, or in physical symptoms such as e.g. headaches. Furthermore, one’s relationships with other people may be characterised by ways of reacting that are felt to be inhibiting or inappropriate to the situation. Psychotherapy and analysis may increase the understanding of and the ability to tolerate one’s own emotions and reactions, thereby improving the ability to handle the many-faceted psychological influences coming both from within and from the outside world. This may alleviate psychological symptoms and pain and can provide new opportunities for growth. Psychotherapy can also be helpful in supporting the development of self awareness and self experience, even for professional therapists. Advanced age is not in itself an obstacle to psychotherapy. For some types of psychological distress it may be necessary to have concomittant pharmacological treatment via your GP. Supervision is available for professional therapists.

HOW TO FIND A JUNGIAN ANALYST

Click here to see the names and addresses of all Danish jungian analysts in private practice. The list specifies which languages are offered by each analyst. Analysis is not simply a formal, contractual relationship, in so far as it is very much dependent on the development of trust beween analysand and analyst. As a consequence of this, we regard it as perfectly natural if a potential analysand should wish to see more than one analyst before deciding with whom to work.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The standard fee is DKK 400-600 per session but the fee is agreed individually. The usual frequency is one session per week, excluding holidays, etc. Analysis proper usually takes a number of years.

WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP OF THE SOCIETY FOR ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY SIGNIFY ?

The Society For Analytical Psychology is the Danish branch of The International Association for Analytical Psychology, the organising body for jungian analysts worldwide, with a membership of more than 2.000 analysts. Membership of the Danish SAP requires an academic degree prior to an extensive theoretical and practical training in the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, lasting at least 6 years. The practical part of the training includes ongoing personal analysis and supervision The theoretical part includes clinical subjects (psychiatry, psycho-pathology, developmental psychology and different theories of depth psychology), symbolic subjects ( the interpretation of dreams, comparative history of religion, fairytales and mythology, the interpretation of literature and of images).

WHY ARE NOT ALL JUNGIAN ANALYSTS PSYCHOLOGISTS?

In jungian psychology, there are two approaches to the understanding of the human psyche. One is the clinical approach which concerns itself with diagnosis and theories about the structure and dynamics of the psyche. The other approach concerns itself with the symbolic dimension as expressed in dreams and fantasies, fairytales and myths, art and literature, and in certain ritual acts. The first approach is founded in psychiatry and clinical psychology; the other in the humanistic sciences. Both are equally important in psychotherapy and, consequently, both approaches are represented in the academic backgrounds of jungian analysts.

ETHICS

All members of the Danish Society For Analytical Psychology must comply with its internationally accepted code of ethics which includes, amongst other things, confidentiality. A copy of the SAP’s code of ethics is available upon request.