Deciding about Therapy or Analysis

How would you decide if Jungian therapy or analysis were right for you? Some potential benefits could be:

  • deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships
  • greater ability to access your own unconscious in positive ways
  • exploring your dreams
  • noticing when your defenses trap you
  • having more tolerance for life's many uncertainties
  • discovering where your creative passions might take you

Therapy and analysis are not for everyone. Some problems can be handled through brief consultation and a focus on problem-solving. There are many other types of therapy available nowadays. If you are looking for something else, university clinics are often a good resource to call.


Jungian analysts are members of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. They also usually belong to local institutes, for example the San Francisco Jung Institute.