About Jungian Psychoanalysis by Kaitryn Wertz, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

Most people associate the word “psychoanalysis” with image of a gray-bearded man smoking a pipe and saying, “Tell me about your mother”. Today this image of psychoanalysis seems outdated and pretentious.  Although psychoanalysts may have practiced this way in the past, times have changed. The original theories of Freud and Jung have evolved continuously and creatively over the rich, hundred year history of psychoanalytic treatment. Despite our “quick fix” culture, psychoanalysis is still widely practiced in the United States. It remains the most in-depth form of therapy, with an unmatched understanding of the human psyche and the most rigorously and thoroughly trained therapists in the field of mental health.

Jungian Analysis is a specialized form of psychoanalysis based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. It aims at activating the individual’s innate healing capabilities.  Our symptoms, our struggles, our suffering and our dreams are all regarded as messages about unknown or neglected parts of ourselves which need attention. By listening to these messages, we gain new perspective on our difficulties, a deeper connection to ourselves and others and the strength to change old patterns.  Along with relief from pain, Jungian analysis works toward developing access to our own inner wisdom, self-acceptance, authenticity and renewed energy for life. It is as much a form of “inner work” as it is psychological treatment.

This approach is well-suited for people who want to understand themselves at a deeper level and to discover greater meaning, purpose and creative fulfillment in their lives. It’s recommended for those seeking to transform destructive or limiting patterns, especially when those patterns are long-standing and repetitive. It’s also helpful for people seeking to heal the effects of painful or traumatic past experiences and when previous, less intensive therapy or counseling has not been helpful enough.

Like other therapies, Jungian analysis is concerned with easing emotional suffering.  But while it may include solving problems or coping with crisis, analysis aims at more lasting change by facilitating deeper psychological growth. This involves transforming problematic patterns, both in relationships with others and in relationship to ourselves, as well as uncovering blocks that prevent us from living our full creative potential.

Other Key Features of Jungian Analysis

  •  Analysis is a highly individualized process that relies on the individual’s innate potential for growth. The setting is specifically designed to encourage deep exploration. Continuity in sessions is essential for developing the analytic relationship required for this kind of exploration and so the client and analyst may meet more frequently and      consistently, sometimes in two or more sessions per week. However, this is individual. It is not necessary to meet more than once per week in order to work analytically
  • Because it takes time to heal, change and grow, analysis can be a long-term process.  This may seem out of place in today’s quick fix world. It is a big commitment, but it may be one thing a person can do to make real and lasting improvements in his or her quality of life.
  • Contrary to popular impression, analysis is not preoccupied with the past. Memories from earlier life are only used to understand and change our patterns of reacting in the present moment. This integration of the past with the present is part of the holistic growth associated with analysis.
  • The relationship between client and analyst is an important part of the process. This takes place in an atmosphere of emerging trust, in which difficult, painful experiences can be safely explored and understood.

Contemporary Relational Analysis and Jungian Psychology by Kaitryn Wertz, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

Many Jungian analysts practicing today have been influenced by the contemporary relational model, an approach that is gaining increasing support by neuroscience research. Relational analysis explores the impact of current and past relationships on the individual’s well-being and uses the interaction between the client and therapist to build understanding of the client’s relationship patterns.  This process supports clients to transform destructive patterns, to emerge from the negative imprinting of early experiences and to develop healthier, more deeply satisfying relationships.

In his later writings, C.G. Jung (1875-1961) anticipated the current relational movement, through his understanding of the counter-transference as “an organ of information” and through his exploration of the analytic relationship as a chemical combination involving and influencing both partners in “The Psychology of the Transference.”   This late work of Jung’s reflects an understanding of what today’s relational analysts call “two person psychology.”

While relationally-oriented analysts agree that the capacity for relatedness is fundamental to psychological health, Jung’s contribution emphasized that psychological development (individuation) requires relatedness both with the inner world and with others. Each development supports the other.  The way we relate to other people is often indicative of how we relate to the more challenging aspects of our inner lives.  We grow by finding and relating to the missing parts of ourselves. When we are in relationship with another person, parts of ourselves that we have lost touch with are met again.

Jungian Analyst Barbara Stevens Sullivan writes,Relatedness is the basis of health but it also exposes us to interpersonal wounding. We protect ourselves from being hurt by calling up anti-related energies, by denigrating the other in our minds, by erasing him through not-seeing his need,
by forgetting his wishes when those wishes would cause us distress. All the pathological tendencies in the psyche push us toward an anti-related approach…. Anti-related energy is narcissistic energy where narcissism carries the …meaning of an ego-centric over-valuation of the self. Relatedness and narcissism are two poles between which human beings are inherently torn. ” (The Mystery of Analytic Work, Routledge, 2010)



Excerpts from Stephen Foster’s book Risky Business: A Jungian view of environmental disasters and the nature archetype. Inner City Press.

The Nature Archetype

I see the Nature archetype as ancient, vast and pervasive. Every other archetype in the human psyche comes out of it or is connected to it, including the Great Mother or feminine archetypes, and the Great Father or masculine archetypes. I believe it is a universal life force that has both physical form (earth, seas, mountains, etc.) and psychological power (it activates both instinctual and spiritual drives). The focus of this book is on the small fraction of the archetype that relates to the externalization (that is, dumping) of industrial and anthropogenic wastes onto the environment.

It is impossible to talk about the Nature archetype without discussing creation mythology because creation myths are about “the origins of man’s conscious awareness of the world” (von Franz, 1972, pg. 8). Humanity developed self-awareness of consciousness in relation to an “other.”  Early in our history the Other was nature. IT is the place where we become self-aware, for example, in the arms of the m(other). Consequently, there is a great deal of creation mythology related to nature. As Marie-Louise von Franz notes, myths indicate that humanity found a way to conceptualize a psychological beginning, where we first perceived ourselves as separate from nature. From being in participation mystique with our environment, we developed into a state of separateness, then began to realize our vulnerability to the power of nature and sought to gain dominion over it. Jung writes:

“In the course of its ontogenetic development, the individual ego consciousness has to pass through the same archetypal stages which determined the evolution of consciousness in the life of humanity. (Jung, CW 5, par. 26).

Jung is suggesting that psychologically we repeat patterns of human cultural development in our individual biological development. Therefore, our separation from what Jung calls an Ouroboric state (unconsciousness)( in nature is equivalent to the separation from our personal mother.





Advanced Study of Jungian Psychology

Professional Seminar in Boulder, September, 2013-May, 2014

Meeting on nine Saturdays per year, the Boulder Jungian Seminar provides mental health clinicians and professionals in related fields with in-depth study of Jungian thought, framed within a contemporary perspective. The primary approaches to Jungian practice—classical, developmental and archetypal—are integrated within the curriculum, along with a rich mixture of dream interpretation, psychoanalytic theory, mythology, fairy tales, literature and the arts.

 This program is recommended for individuals who

  • Want to study Jungian psychology in a warm, collegial atmosphere that encourages deep personal and experiential learning.
  •  Would benefit from a stimulating learning environment with a faculty of Jungian Analysts and participants from varied professional, cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Colorado therapists who wish to earn CEU’s by participating in a continuing education program that will enrich and improve their clinical effectiveness while also providing abundant opportunities for personal growth.

Provided by the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts

For a complete program description, please visit our website and blog: http://jungiantrainingboulder.org/

 We are accepting applications for September, 2013.

To inquire, please contact Puddi Kullberg, LPC at info@jungiantrainingboulder.org



What Is a Certified Jungian Analyst? by Kaitryn Wertz, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

Jungian analysts have some of the most rigorous and extensive training of all practitioners in the mental health field.

Before they can apply for analytic training, they must have completed years of graduate training and supervised experience to become licensed therapists or counselors. Jungian analysts-in-training then receive about eight additional years of specialization. The training includes extensive coursework and in-depth clinical supervision with a unique focus on understanding the unconscious forces that influence our feelings, thoughts and behavior.

Jungian analysts-in-training are also required to be in therapy throughout their training to help them recognize and confront their own emotional issues which might interfere with providing the best possible treatment for their patients.

Only graduates of accredited Jungian training institutes can ethically present themselves to the public as Jungian analysts. All members of the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts are graduates of training institutes accredited by the International Association of Jungian Analysts (IAAP) as the accrediting and regulatory organization for all professional Jungian training programs.  All BAJA analysts have earned that accreditation and remain members in good standing of the IAAP.