Approach 心理療法アプローチ

My Approach to Counseling & Psychotherapy

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

 “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

“Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.” 

                                                                                                                         (Carl G. Jung)

My approach to counseling and psychotherapy is Jungian psychology (Carl Jung’s psychodynamic approach) and expressive arts/play method. Through the combination of these two frameworks, I help children, adolescents and adults in their psychological process of self-healing and personal growth. In this approach, symbols provoked through artistic work become powerful tools to help them through their own process. This counseling style of being less language-oriented is particularly helpful for younger children, those who are learning language, and those who are struggling to express themselves well in language due to their overwhelming emotional experiences or cultural expectation.

Jung believed that there is an unconscious level deeper than what his previous mentor Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) claimed and distinguished two levels of unconscious. Jung called what Freud described as ‘personal’ unconscious and the deeper level of the unconscious as ‘collective’ unconscious and argued that in this level, the eternal experiences of all human beings are connected unconsciously.  Furthermore, Jung purported that there are different aspects in each person which includes persona  (= protective covering of oneself), self (= the centering function of one’s inner world), ego (= the center of the conscious), shadow ( = the unacknowledged personal characteristics, that one is not proud of),  ‘animus’ ( = women’s inner masculine side), and ‘anima’ ( = men’s inner feminine side). Jung claimed that understanding and integrating such diverse elements of individuals would lead them to becoming a whole individual and he called the psychological process ‘individuation’, which is the ultimate therapeutic goal in Jungian-based psychotherapies. Jung explained a daily interpersonal issue experienced by ordinary people using his theory of the ‘collective’ unconscious. For instance, he said; “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” This statement describes that one’s shadow is often experienced in others through the mechanism of projection. Such profound psychotherapeutic theory of Jung can apply to anyone who is seeking for personal growth and it is not only limited to the individuals who seek clinical treatment in mental health.






                                                                                                                               カール G. ユング

私のカウンセリングと心理療法の方法論はカールユングの心理学理論と創造的アート / 遊戯療法の理論に基づくものです。この二つの理論的枠組みを用い、子供や大人が自らの心を癒し、個人的成長を遂げるよう、心理士として支えるのが私の専門家の一つの役割と考えています。この療法的アプローチにおいては、非言語的なアートを中心とした表現から浮き彫りにされる「象徴」(シンボル)が、心や考えが前進するための強力な道具として作用します。この方法に基づくカウンセリングや心理療法は、言葉に重きを置かないため、小さい子供や言語を学んでいる段階の人々、また、自己主張をすべきではないという文化的プレッシャーに置かれる人々や、トラウマを体験し辛い心情を言葉に表現することが難しい人々等にとって、特に有効なアプローチと言えます。