Inger Jacobsen

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Jungian Psychoanalysis

You may seek therapy or psychoanalysis for many different reasons. It could be that problems make everyday life difficult: serious decisions to be made, urgent problems in private or work relations, persistent sadness or lack of energy and courage. But it might also be just the desire to know yourself better. Who am I and where am I going? What´s the meaning of my life?

Psychotherapy versus psychoanalysis: When we talk about psychoanalysis, we usually think of a long term process and - everything else being equal - a deeper process. Maybe you just need help to find a way out of a difficult situation, or maybe you find yourself in a life crisis and need to go deeper to find new inner psychic resources.

In Jungian psychoanalysis dreams and symbolic material normally play a prominent role, but frequent dreaming is not a necessity. Jungians also work in the here and now, that is what becomes visible in the interaction between therapist and client. A distinctive feature of Jungian therapy/analysis, is also its focus on openings: future possibilities indicated by dreams and other symbolic material. But of course therapy/analysis is also about what life has been like up until the moment when a person seeks help.