Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrating the Unconscious Into Conscious Reality: A Jungian Approach to Treating Early Onset Psychosis
by Batty, Allison, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 64; 10254363
Abstract (Summary)

Limited research exists on effective treatment modalities for early onset trauma-based psychosis during the latency period of childhood. This thesis reviews research on the benefits of using Jungian play therapy to treat trauma-based psychosis. Depth psychologists have theorized that the conscious reality of individuals experiencing psychosis is flooded by unconscious complexes, resulting in symptoms of psychosis and intolerance to emotions experienced. Using hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies, this thesis focuses on how, using Jungian play therapy, therapists can form therapeutic alliances with children experiencing psychosis, assist the child with integrating their unconscious experiences, affect, and thoughts into conscious reality thereby managing distressing emotions, contributing to healthy ego development, and reducing psychotic symptoms. Psychological literature and a friend of the author’s experience of psychosis are examined to demonstrate how the integration of unconscious material leads to the potential to heal the fragmentation of the psyche caused by trauma and psychosis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Depth psychology, Early onset psychosis, Jungian play therapy, Latency, Treatment modality, Unconsious
Publication Number: 10254363
ISBN: 9781369498936
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