Psychological perspectives and influences
The following interests, perspectives, and psychological bodies of thought inform my therapeutic approach:
My doctoral thesis was on the subject of human relationship, and human relationship is a field of study that continues to interest me. The focus of my doctoral research was on examining the link between personal individuation and our ability to connect lovingly and meaningfully.
Jungian Analytical Psychology
From a Jungian psychological perspective, the goal of life is to become who we are. A person is most happy when a person is who he or she is: when a person is free to live in a manner true to the unfolding of his or her selfhood.
Based on his extensive research and experience with clients, Carl Jung considered that we are born with an inward tendency to realise our full potential. Jung referred to this inward tendency and positive urge toward self-realisation as the individuation process. Jung considered that analysis could assist in the unfolding of this process.
A Jungian approach to therapy is one of non-judgment and allowance. The analytical setting provides a supportive and safe context conducive to self-validation and the achieving for the client of desired outcomes.
Though Jung considered that past experiences played a role in terms of fostering dysfunction and pathology and were to be understood in the therapy setting, the focus of analytical therapy is teleological. As the client is supported in focusing on and attaining a positive image of what it is he or she wishes to accomplish past issues tend to recede.
Erich Fromm was a psychoanalyst, social theorist, and writer. He is best known for his publication, The art of loving. Erich Fromm considered that love expresses itself in the attributes of care, respect, responsibility, and ‘the knowledge of love’. The knowledge of love is the ability to see beyond surface behaviour to what is the ‘matter’ at a more fundamental level.
Similarly to Jung, Fromm emphasised that the client is influenced as much by who the therapist is, as by the method of treatment or what is said. Therefore, both therapists emphasised the importance of personal integrity.
Both Jungian analytical psychology and Frommian psychoanalysis are depth psychological perspectives. Both analysts engaged in dream analysis with clients and considered that phenomena such as dreams could be effective in shedding light on complex difficulties.
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing therapeutic application that affords an effective context for positively directing thought and emotion. Hypnotherapy is particularly suited to the solution focused approach to emotional health and wellbeing.
Hypnotherapy involves the hypnotherapist presenting images and suggestions – previously discussed and agreed on with the consent of the person seeking hypnotherapy – that support the achieving of objectives and desired outcomes.
Hypnotherapy entails accessing the more expanded sense of self we all intuit for the purpose of support and empowerment to positively effect personality integration and change.
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