The term ‘depth psychology’ was coined at the turn of the twentieth century. It has become used by Freudians and Jungians to indicate those psychologies that orient themselves around the idea of the ‘unconscious’.
The unconscious mind consists of the processes in the psyche or mind which occur automatically and are not available to introspection, and includes memories, thoughts and feelings, but also content which has never been made conscious at all.
Even though these processes exist well under the surface of conscious awareness they are theorized to exert an impact on behavior. An example of this is de functioning of complexes or (unconscious) organizations of ideas and feelings, that can have a very profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behavior, as is demonstrated during a psychosis or anxiety attack.
The unconscious mind can only be understood symbolically, as its unconscious content is organized in an associative manner, instead of a logical-literal manner. C.G. Jung divided the unconscious into two layers: the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.
The collective unconscious is the deepest level of the psyche, containing the accumulation of inherited collective psychic structures or archetypes. Archetypes are images with universal meanings that are apparent in the culture’s use of symbols. The collective unconscious is therefore said to be inherited and contain material of an entire species rather than of an individual.
Through the study of unconscious material, such as dreams, associations and symptoms, depth psychologists attempt to understand the language and the dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in their work with clients and in the world. Depth psychological approaches to psychological suffering attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known. Healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or simply has never been aware, to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness.
Reasons to choose for depth psychological therapy include:
Trained as a Jungian analyst or depth psychologist, I help individuals to give voice to their soul by integrating unconscious layers of the mind. I am inspired by the belief of Carl Jung that “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
Besides Jungian & Freudian psychoanalysis, I use other therapeutic approaches to heal trauma and complexes, re-create identity and find meaning in life.
Having lived in Asia, I have developed an integrated approach to the problems of the mind, combining Western and Eastern traditions, such as:
Early in life I became interested in depth psychology, as I experienced inner and outer conflicts that could not be solved by cognitive or behavioral approaches. Since then, I have been in a continuous process of therapy and self-development. My personal experiences have contributed to a genuine understanding of the depths and complexities of the psyche and the obstacles in the development of consciousness.
Master of Science in depth psychology and graduated as a licensed Jungian analyst from the Academy for Depth Psychology in the Netherlands.
Master of Arts in communication from the University of Amsterdam.
The duration of a session is 1 or 1,5 hour. The costs for one hour are €80 and must be paid at the end of each session. A reduced fee is possible, depending on your financial situation.
If you would like to make an appointment, please email or call me:
Tel: (+31) 06 – 2167 9610
Heerlen: Willemstraat 91
Maastricht: Elisabeth Strouvenlaan 51A