The self and the quintessence: Implications for clinical practice and individuation
West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy
Please note that this is a hybrid event and will also be available online via Zoom
Emerging from my experience of clinical work I began to realise that many theories of development were insufficient to describe the complexity of who we are. I became aware that number symbolism, Jung’s work on alchemy, the dynamics of the psyche/self and ideas about the quintessence (the essence of matter and being) provided a much richer perspective from which to consider the self and its potential.
This talk will consider, using clinical examples, how such ideas enable a deeper exploration and understanding of the self and how the concept of the quintessence provides a symbol from which to consider and examine the potential, known and unknown, within ourselves.
Dr. Christine Driver is a Fellow of the Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC) and a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP). She was Director of Training and Clinical Services at WPF Therapy, and teaches, supervises and works in private practice. She has written The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective (2020, Routledge) and co-written and co-edited Being and Relating in Psychotherapy (2013, Palgrave), Supervision and the Analytic Attitude (2005, Whurr) and Supervising Psychotherapy (2002, Sage).
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