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I am a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist working in Sussex. I have consulting rooms in Findon Village, near Worthing, West Sussex and Brighton, East Sussex. I offer a secure and confidential setting in which to discuss whatever issues may be troubling you - whether that is anxiety, depression or long-term emotional difficulties, or a lack of fulfilment or sense of meaning or purpose in life.

I have been working in the field of mental health and psychological wellbeing for 30 years and have been a fully qualified analyst and psychotherapist of the Society of Analytical Psychology for 20 years. In this time I have worked with almost all kinds of difficulty, problem and issue.

Analysis, Psychotherapy and Counselling

 

Perhaps I can explain a few terms ... I trained at the Society of Analytical Psychology (external link), which provides an in-depth study and personal experience of Jungian analysis. By this I mean that as well as 4 years study of theory and detailed supervision of intensive clinical work, trainees also have a personal analysis for a minimum of 5 years at a frequency of four times per week. Analysis is the term used to describe work at this kind of frequency and depth, and those who have trained in this way are known as analysts.

Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe all kinds of psychological work and is sometimes used specifically to describe meetings at a frequency of once, twice or three times per week. Psychotherapy and analysis look at a person's particular difficulties broadly, taking into account an individual's personality as a whole, as well as their upbringing and any particular life events.

Counselling is a term that many people (particularly the 'man-on-the-street') use nowadays to describe any kind of psychological work, although it is sometimes used more specifically to describe short-term psychotherapeutic work with a specific focus; for example, when someone has had a particular trauma or difficult experience, such as a car accident, a divorce or a redundancy.

I am not a counsellor (counselling trainings are usually much shorter and less intensive) although I am happy to work with short-term, focused issues, and have found that bringing the in-depth knowledge and experience from analytic work can offer a fuller perspective to such difficulties.

Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy

 

The Society of Analytical Psychology (the SAP) offers the foremost in-depth training in Jungian analysis in the United Kingdom. The SAP aims to integrate the work of the two pioneering figures of psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud (the founder of psychoanalysis) and Carl Jung. Analytical psychology is the term that Jung used to describe his particular kind of psychological work, hence the naming of the Society of Analytical Psychology.

The SAP also aims to integrate the modern understandings of infant development, neuroscience and the work of the many other important theorists who have contributed so much to our understanding of the human psyche over the last 100 years (psychoanalysis has changed a good deal in this time!).

Jung's unique way of working

 

It is difficult to sum up Jung's contribution and way of working succinctly, but perhaps one could say that he had a profound respect for the individual and the wisdom buried in the individual's own psyche, and he saw it as the analyst's role to help the person to discover and live according to their true nature.

In this light he thought that 'breakdowns' or 'neuroses' were often due to conflicts between different parts of the individual's personality and that whilst these difficulties could be supremely painful and challenging, at times they could also be creative and lead to personal growth.

I will say more about Jung, Freud, and analytical psychology on other pages and offer links to other websites where their work can be explored in more detail.

Affiliations and Memberships

 

Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (external link)

Member of Psychotherapy Sussex (external link)

Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (external link)

Registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (external link)

Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (external link)

Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland (external link)