The Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy
Professional psychotherapy training in the West Midlands

tel: 08444 631 341
email: jtc@wmip.org

Answers to questions about
Jungian Psychotherapy

Who can benefit from therapy?

Analytical psychotherapy is suited to helping adults with a wide range of concerns.  These may include quite specific issues such as anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, suicidal feelings, sexual abuse, and obsessional thoughts and behaviours. This may also be of help with more widespread issues such as difficulties in relationships, or with a sense of dissatisfaction with oneself and with one’s life, including a sense of underfulfillment or underachievement.  This therapy is also often used to ameliorate the impact of trauma, including that experienced in childhood.  This therapy is also sought by individuals seeking greater self-understanding and self-awareness or those who feel blocked in their personal development or creativity.

Effectiveness of Analytical Psychotherapy

This form of psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for a wide range of personal, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  Analytical psychotherapy can bring about deep-seated  change by working in depth with the issues that the individual brings to their treatment.  It has, in particular, been shown to bring about long-term change that continues for many years after the treatment has ended. This is understood to be because the the individual has come to understand themselves, and to manage their  difficulties more constructively, as well as to have developed skills and ways of behaving that are more personally effective in a wide range of settings. Aspects of the personality that were under-expressed or under-used are also often felt to have been strengthened and developed.

People are suitable for this form of therapy regardless of age, colour, race, religion, sexual orientation or educational background.

What happens in therapy?

Analytical psychotherapy is a process that encourages people to explore and come to understand their difficulties at some depth. This is achieved by forming a trusting relationship with the therapist that facilitates a sense of openness and enquiry. Long term patterns of behaviour as well as current, everday difficulties, which can limit how someone functions, are considered. This is conducted in an environment of non-judgemental exploration, in which the focus is on understanding not blame.

The sessions last 50 minutes.  There is an initial consultation where both the therapist and the person seeking therapy explore the issues that are of concern in a secure and confidential setting. It may take between 1 and 3 sessions to determine what is best for the individual, and whether analytic psychotherapy is the best treatment for them.  If not, recommendations of other treatments and practitioners will be explored.

These initial sessions usually give a sense of both the analyst as a person and what the analytical psychotherapy process is like, and whether it is the right approach.

Differences between therapy and counselling

The major differences can be summarized as being related to differences in depth, breadth, intensity, duration and different emphases on support versus exploration.

Analytical psychotherapy would put more emphasis on the broad, open-ended exploration of potentially relevant issues in a way that would be more intensive, in-depth and generally of longer duration than a purely counselling orientation. It is possible, and often advisable, to attend analytical psychotherapy at a frequency of more than once a week.  This would not be the norm for a counselling approach.

Analytical psychotherapy is grounded in the work that emerges from the Analytic and Psychoanalytic disciplines.  It is primarily based upon the work of CG Jung and of subsequent developments in this very broad field.  Counsellors may make use of this work and these approaches, and may often be informed by them, but it is not an approach that is fundamentally based on them.

Counsellors, the word technically means advisor, usually work shorter-term and in a more problem-focused way than psychotherapists. Here the focus is often more on advice concerning the practical steps that can be taken to resolve any issues that have been presented.

Psychotherapy usually becomes the treatment of choice when these other approaches have not been able to address the problem, or when it becomes apparent that the issue is more complex or involved than was originally thought. Sometimes these behaviours are quite resistant to change when addressed directly. In Analytical Psychotherapy the focus, which is on long-term behaviour patterns that have existed for some time, and that may even have their origins in the significant and formative experiences of early childhood, comes to the fore.  The uncovering of the more unconscious and underlying issues can, quite often, be the only way to begin to address and to shift these behaviours.

The confusion that remains between counselling and psychotherapy comes in part from the fact that many practitioners advertise themselves as both counsellors and psychotherapists. Many psychotherapists were initially counsellors before they completed the longer and more intensive psychotherapy training.  They may incorporate some of the approaches from both orientations with some of their clients.  Many counsellors attend workshops and training sessions run by psychotherapists and again may incorporate some of these approaches in their work.

The most important factor is to find an individual with whom you feel comfortable and who you feel able to talk to.

Ethical Practice

All the Analytical Psychotherapists on this register are bound by a code of practice that has been drafted by their local regulatory body (WMIP or SAP for example) but then approved by their national governing body (UKCP or BPC).  These guidelines are both clear and rigorous in their expectations for ethical practice in terms of both boundaries and confidentiality.  The practice of accredited practitioners is monitored on a regular basis by both the local and the national organizations.

What is WMIP?

The West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy is the local psychotherapy institute that is based in Birmingham. It functions as an umbrella organization which comprises two trainings in adult psychotherapy (the one being the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy training, which is described on this website) and provides a number of lectures, conferences and short courses that are part of the continuing professional development of all its members.  This is also a part of the service that it offers to the wider community who may have an interest in furthering their knowledge of psychotherapy.  It also monitors and maintains the practice guidelines for all the practitioners registered with this institute.  The practices of the institute and both its training courses (The Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy and the Training in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) are monitored and accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

To find out more about this institute see their website www.wmip.org


The professional Jungian Analytical Psychotherapists who are listed on this register are also available to be contacted for supervision of work with clients/patients by practitioners in related fields.  More details concerning possible arrangements, availability and fees can be obtained by contacting the individual practitioners either by phone or email.