'In each of us there is another, whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude.' Jung in The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man
In fairy tales, says Jung, the psyche tells its own story as it does in dreams. Fairy tales give us joy in listening, surprise in their turn of events and provide answers to problems. They portray collective psychic principles and speak to our personal experience and problems in images and symbols. Fairy tales can be used therapeutically: they speak to the depth of the imagination and inspire new ways to address issues.
In the Fall of 2016, I lead a seminar and group discussion of fairy tales for psychotherapists. We meet once a month on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm near I5/217 and PCC Syvania exit. The group is small. I ask that you please commit and come to three consecutive meetings. I will collect a small fee of $60 for the three sessions prior to the first meeting to reserve your space. Please check this blog for a starting date. Therapists in training can waive a portion of the fee if necessary. Feel free to give me a call: 503 699 1664.
We finish reading and discussing Madness and Creativity on May 11, 2016 at 11:00 am.
Please keep on checking this blog for future times and the book chosen for reading and discussion.
Our next meeting is on April 13th, 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Please read the remainder of the reading of Madness and Creativity by Ann Ulanov.
"Consciousness, no matter how extensive it may be, must always remain the smaller circle within the greater circle of the unconscious, an island surrounded by the sea; and like the sea itself, the unconscious yields an endless and self-replenishing abundance of creatures, a wealth beyond our fathoming." Jung
In our reading group, we begin reading Madness and Creativity (p.1-32) where, as Joseph Cambray says, we are "brought to the necessity of guidance from within". Our next meeting date is Wednesday March 16, 2016 11:00 am-12:30 pm.We meet three times to read this book. Our discussion stays close to the text. If you are a practicing or retired therapist and would like to join us, call me at 503 699 1664.Though at no charge, the group asks for a commitment of typically 3 meetings and no late cancellations as space is limited.
Next meeting date: Wednesday February 10th. 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Beginning in March, we read and discuss: Madness and Creativity, by Ann Belford Ulanov. Date to be announced.
If you are a practicing psychotherapist and interested in a small reading group (though at no charge, the group asks for a commitment of typically 3 meetings and no late cancellations as space is limited), please contact Dr. Marguerite at: 503 699 1664.
We meet monthly in SW Portland, near I5-217/Kruse and PCC Sylvania
In a Youtube video John Cornelius, MD addresses the scientific evidence-based data for psychodynamic psychotherapy and its long term benefits over psychotropic medications or cognitive behavioral therapy.
With the new year comes a time of reflection of what has been and what one wishes for. Rather than setting specific goals (or maybe in addition to), the New year can be guided by a growing inner awareness that could bring harmony, joy and a sense of beauty:
Become carefully attentive to the times when you feel centered or at peace. Rediscover what it is that you do that is an expression of your deepest values. Cultivate the ways that express what is uniquely you.
Happy New Year!
I am a Jungian analyst in the Southwest of the USA, in Marana, Arizona north of Tucson and on the West coast in Lake Oswego near Portland, Oregon