Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Contextualizing Transformation: Initiation Dreams of Depth Psychotherapists-in-Training
by Kline, Dana L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 68; 1692045
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores how the depth psychotherapist can experience a sacred passage of initiation in the context of archetypal dreams. It examines the intersections of meaning making in alchemical and mythological dream imagery and the numinous experience of initiation. It explores C. G. Jung’s individuation process and whether identifying dream images as archetypal wounds can deepen the psychotherapist–client therapeutic relationship. Using hermeneutic and heuristic methodology, this research uses a comparative analytical lens and the author’s personal process of tracking two archetypal dreams that coincide with the author’s answer to the soul’s calling to depth psychology and the first phase of seeing psychotherapy clients in graduate training. Honoring the unconscious as a map for psychological complexes, emotional states, unexpressed narratives, and symbols of both the personal and collective, the author expands upon an ancient way of honoring the death and rebirth of an individual in a transformative state of growth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Panteleakos, Tina
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: School counseling, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Alchemy, Archetype, Dream, Initiation dreams, Soul, Unconscious
Publication Number: 1692045
ISBN: 978-1-321-67656-3
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