What Is Jungian Analysis?
Jungian analysis is a process of embarking on an inner journey of discovery, development and healing, a journey that Jung called the ‘Individuation Process.’ Its goal is to support healing, development and the unfolding of your unique life path. Together we listen to the wisdom of the unconscious through the symbolic language of dreams, life events and processes, and interpersonal dynamics. The analytic process supports you in healing the wounds that interfere with a deeper understanding of yourself, your life circumstance and even the world at large.
In Jungian psychology we understand that there is a deep wisdom in the unconscious that knows how you can best heal and grow according to your essential nature. The role of the analyst is to hold a safe and secure container, to listen deeply and to interpret the symbolic meaning the messages you receive from your unconscious, and to address unresolved wounds, including trauma. Fundamentally, Jungian psychology is about listening to the deeper psychic currents and allowing them to inform and make meaningful your topside world.
Holding consciousness of the unconscious opens up a realm of existence and meaning that does away with skimming the surface, providing a level of soul nourishment that nothing else can. For Jung it lends “the human psyche a dignity which makes it morally possible for a [person] to stand by [their] own soul, and be convinced that it is worth while to persevere in it.” (CW14, ¶511)
If we are to sail a boat upon the ocean, it is wise to know something of its currents, depths, tides and waves, to know how best to trim one’s sail according to the winds, and when to seek shelter in a quiet cove. It is essential to have appropriate awe and respect, even reverence, for the ocean’s unknowable mysteries and power. Listening is vital, and to know also the beautiful, central function of the captaining of our little boat.
The Individuation Process is akin to setting sail upon the ocean. Our individual consciousness is analogous to the boat. The ocean corresponds to the personal, ancestral and cultural unconscious. If the ocean were unlimited it would be analogous to the collective unconscious. These are the realms of psyche that Jung and others endeavored to explore and map.
To study Jungian psychology is akin to watching a good travel show from the safety of one’s living room; one can gain insights and intellectual knowledge without the discomforts that inevitably come with venturing forth oneself. The Individuation Process is Jung’s term for setting out on the journey to make contact with one’s soul and to find one’s unique path, while being held in the analytic container. Though this work does not take away the challenges in life, deep inner contact does support the experiences of simple joy, deeper fulfillment and meaning, and acceptance of self and others.
Who Is This For?
Usually people come in for analytic work when they experience some kind of crisis; a painful break up of a relationship, loss of a job, the death of a parent, partner or child, or sometimes because of chronic anxiety, depression, trauma or loss of meaning. Sometimes a person recognizes that they don’t have contact with their essential nature, experiences challenges in relationship or work, has difficulty accessing their creative potential, or feels stuck or without meaning. Sometimes a person will come in simply because they know they are ready to venture forth into their unique journey in life.
I began working in counseling in 1990 after developing a body-centered process I called Conscious Embodiment, and taught in both group and individual formats. My formal training includes a Masters Degree from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2001, a Masters Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology in 2007, and a Diplomat from the International School of Analytic Psychology in 2013. My Jungian psychoanalytic training involved a full-time, five and a half year resident training in Zurich, Switzerland. I am licensed in Mental Health and East Asian Medicine in Washington State, am Board Certified in Mental Health, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, and am a Member of ISAPZurich, AGAP, and IAAP.
In Zurich I experienced the heritage and lineage of this deep tradition in the culture and landscape where Jung founded it, and had the great benefit of learning from the people who were trained by the people that Jung himself trained. I had further opportunity to work as an analyst with people from all walks of life from around the world. I consider this rich exposure to people from many cultures, backgrounds and religions to be one of the greatest gifts of having studied abroad, giving me greater appreciation for cultural and religious differences, while at the same time, deeper knowledge of the fundamental and common experience of what it is to be human.
How It Works
Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length and generally occur on a weekly basis, sometimes becoming less frequent as the analytic process comes to a close. I work in person at my office in Port Townsend, Washington, or via doxy.me/lewisthayer with people from around the world.
Cost: $150/50 minute hour
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday
A Note About Insurance
Payment is due at the time of service. As an individual provider I do not bill insurance directly, but will provide you will an invoice that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
In Combination with Alchemical Chinese Medicine
Many of the people I work with find it helpful to combine this work with Alchemical Chinese medicine; acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments. By working with both modalities, the analytic work is grounded in the physical, where health issues can be addressed directly through a medicine directed that promotes health and wellbeing.
Combination work can be set up in a variety of ways, but is most often combined in 1.5 – 2 hour sessions.