There are many ways to do successful therapy. For me, I’ve always found that using imagination and creativity bring about the best results. When studying psychology, I’ve always been the most excited and intrigued by the ideas of Carl Jung; when I began treating clients, I was happy to see his theories really helping people.
This shows up in a number of ways, depending on the individual client. Sometimes it will be asking the client to provide a ‘self-portrait’ in music or collage. Sometimes it’s dissecting our various feelings by assigning them to the cast of a TV show. Some clients will do a Guided Imagery exercise to learn more about past issues. Often, we work on dreams to explore deeper experiences.
For all my clients, I give them credit for being inately creative and playful – we just need to find out in what way, and what brings it out with the most enthusiasm. We all solve problems by bringing our rational side, AND our intuitive side into play, and that’s a common occurrence in my office.
"I want psychology to have its base in the imagination of people rather than in their statistics and their diagnosis."
~ James Hillman
A brief introduction to Depth Psychology, by Stephen Aizenstat at Pacifica Graduate Institute
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