Pedro Mendes
MSc., M.A.

What is Analytical Psychology?

Analytical Psychology is a school of depth psychology founded by Carl Gustav Jung. It takes into account the influence of the unconscious on behaviours, beliefs, choices, relationships and emotional states. There is a real but invisible connection between the unconscious and conscious life. The symptoms and suffering that lead us to seek help (depression, anxiety, phobias, interpersonal conflicts, psychosomatic symptoms, among others), are meaningful manifestations of conflicts between our deeper needs and our outside life. This split robs us of our energy and leaves us with a sense of meaninglessness and loss that cannot be overcome with good advice from others or self-determination. Knowing oneself and making decisions in line with our inner truth is the way through. We can't change anything we don't know, so one of the goals is to bring to consciousness conflicts, needs and potentialities that, being unconscious, are not being considered. According to Analytical Psychology, the unconscious is full of conflicts but also full of resources, containing healing capacities and creative potentials. This exploration is made in the context of a deep and confidential relationship between client and the therapist.

 Rogério Timóteo, Awakening | 31x68x28 cm | Marble