What can a Jungian therapist help with? A Jungian therapist (sometimes called an analyst) helps a person understand themselves, figure out what motivates them, what they fear, and what to work on to find contentment with themselves. It is most often used to address anxiety, depression, grief, relationship problems, low self-esteem, and a feeling of purposelessness in life.
What’s the difference between Jungian therapy, psychoanalysis, and analytical psychology? Jungian therapy is the outgrowth of the ideas of Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist active in the early 20th century. He was a friend and collaborator of Sigmund Freud, and Jung helped develop Freud’s method of psychoanalysis. Jung called his treatment “analytical psychology” to differentiate it from Freud’s “psychoanalysis.” Analytical psychology is the basis of Jungian therapy, and the two terms can be used interchangeably.
Who is qualified to be a Jungian therapist? There is a rigorous process to become an accredited Jungian therapist. A psychologist or other mental health professional must complete an intensive training program, which can take up to six years. Jungian therapists may work in private practice, institutions, or in health clinics.
How can I recognize a good Jungian therapist? Since there is such an extensive course of training to become an accredited Jungian therapist, patients can feel safe that even someone without decades of experience will have a good knowledge of this approach. Additionally, patients may want to look for someone who’s worked with patients with similar problems in the past.