Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychotherapist as Modern-Day Shaman
by Burnley, Tara, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 73; 1509810
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis employs hermeneutic, heuristic, and artistic-creative methodologies to examine how unconscious aspects form mandalas and how mandalas are used as tools for a deeper understanding of the uncharted waters in the unconscious. This production thesis will reference a mandala the author created. The design and creation process of the mandala will be used to parallel the Jungian concepts of individuation, alchemy, and the initiation process of the Hero's journey. The transcendent function, the Self, the anima and animus, and other archetypes, such as the shaman, the hero, and the mother, will also be addressed. Gazing at this process through a depth psychological lens, this thesis will conclude by metaphorically comparing the psychotherapist to a modern-day shaman archetype. Clinical examples of how a psychotherapist could guide a client through a metaphoric shamanic initiation and how to use shamanic mandalas for a client's healing process will be discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abraham, Joan
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1509810
ISBN: 978-1-267-25189-3
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