Jungian Psychotherapy

"I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success or money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears."

C. G. Jung

Widespread in Europe, Jungian psychotherapy appeals to those searching for deeper purpose and commitment in their lives. Traditional sources of insight, such as conventional societal values and organized religions, may not resonate with the evolving perspectives of modern individuals. Contemporary notions of happiness and success, heavily focused on professional achievement and consumerism, often leave people yearning for more personally meaningful experiences. Against this backdrop, Jungian psychology offers a secular, practical approach to discovering personal meaning that is rooted in an individual's unique identities and values.

In the tradition established by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, this therapeutic method gives weight to nighttime dreams, recurring thoughts, and unexpected or unsettling emotional reactions. These elements are viewed as data that need to be understood and integrated to help people form a comprehensive and realistic picture of themselves, encompassing motivations, blind spots, and deep psychological needs.

During therapy, upbringings and past experiences are also explored to understand how they might have unduly influenced the development of the personality through experiences of shame, pressures to conform, and feelings of alienation. The goal is to modify any resulting coping strategies and worldviews that have become inflexible, defensive, or otherwise limiting.

Through this comprehensive exploration of self, people often gain a rich understanding of themselves and their current life situations. Being at peace with, or at least less entangled in their past, people can confidently face future adventures and challenges. This deeper awareness and vitality can lead to new life paths, enhanced ways of relating to others, and a closer alignment with personal values—something Jung referred to as a broader "spiritual" perspective, infusing people with a sense that their life and choices matter.

Our Therapists

Francesco Belviso, PhD, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Belviso is a Jungian psychologist and faculty for public programs at The C. G. Jung Center of Evanston. He completed his clinical training (Doctoral Internship and Fellowship) at Northwestern University, Counseling and Psychological Services. In his previous life, he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. Dr. Belviso's book Jungian Reflections on Grandiosity: From Destructive Fantasies to Passions and Purpose is published by Routledge.

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