Finding a path through life and a window on the world …
As a young art student I related to Jung’s psychology through painting symbolic images. At the same time I listened to my dreams and became familiar with their mysterious landscapes.
I worked as an artist, art teacher and lecturer for many years, and also in the business world, and was led by a dream to train as a Jungian Analyst which I completed in London. After a further dream I was led to Switzerland, where C G Jung had lived, to train as a Jungian Analyst and Depth Psychologist. I completed this work in Switzerland whilst breathing the atmosphere of Jung’s work and its concentration on the archetypal and creative nature of the psyche.
Before my training, I studied and practiced yoga for many years and I owe my teacher a debt of gratitude for the understanding she gave me of the mind-body relationship and many other things. In later years she worked with Jung’s psychology and dreams and from this atmosphere, and incorporating Jungian training, I developed an interest in psycho-physical conditions. I learnt that tapping into creative qualities within, in whatever form, had a great healing potential and the process was revealed in dreams. In my psychological studies I noticed that this approach had a healing effect on people with ME/chronic fatigue syndrome and other psycho-physical conditions. It encouraged the psyche to restore energy into life. Keeping a dream book, and bringing the energies into consciousness, often starts to relieve the condition. Thus I have a specialism in working with people with ME with an emphasis on dream work.
In general, developing a creative and compassionate attitude to one’s personal life, any problem or crisis, through the talking dialogue of therapy, is life-enhancing.
I worked in England and in France, with individuals who experienced physical injuries from road accidents and illness. I found that an injured body and a psychological injury went together. This was a confirmation that we are not split into body and mind, into psyche and soma, but are one. Everything is ensouled. Working to restore this oneness seemed important for all conditions and issues.
- BA(Hons): Painting and Art History
- Post-graduate Art Teaching Certificate (PGCE)
- Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française
- MA: French Philosophy
- Guild of Analytical Psychologists, London: Diploma in Analytical Psychology (Jungian Psychotherapy and Analysis)
- Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz, Zürich, Switzerland: Diploma in Analytical Psychology (Jungian Analysis and Depth Psychology)
Registrations and Memberships:
- Member of International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP)
- Member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Member of the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA), London
- Training Therapist for Re-Vision: Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis: www.re-vision.org.uk
- Training Analyst for the Jung Institute, Zürich, Switzerland: www.junginstitut.ch
- Training Analyst for The Guild of Analytical Psychologists, London
- Committee Member of Jung Club London, and Editor of Harvest Journal for Jungian Studies: www.jungclub-london.org
- Past Member of Council of The Guild of Pastoral Psychology: www.guildofpastoralpsychology.org.uk