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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Holding a Therapeutic Container for the Numinous Experiences of Individuation Through Depth Psychotherapy
by Davis, Jessica L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 58; 13809903
Abstract (Summary)

Individuation is a solitary pursuit, but the therapist-client relationship remains a pivotal piece for client safety and acceptance of the inner work. An alchemical hermeneutic methodology is used to explore numinous experiences encountered in individuation and the role the psychotherapist plays in facilitating that process. Individuation, so named by Carl G. Jung, refers to the inborn desire of individuals to separate from the norm and connect with their most authentic selves. Spiritual encounters called numinous experiences are likely to arise in the process, and the therapist's ability to hold a client's supernatural contact impacts the individual's ability to integrate crucial pieces of the innate self. Psychotherapists educated in the depth psychotherapy tradition and having undergone their own underworld exploration can withstand the terrifying, confusing, or mysterious unconscious material that arises. Numinous encounters are explored in the depth tradition through dream work, creative play, myth, and medicine journeys.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonella, Elisabeth
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Tom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Depth psychology, Individuation, Jung, Carl, Jungian, Numinous, Spirituality
Publication Number: 13809903
ISBN: 978-1-392-15056-6
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