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My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the belief that we are meant to grow and develop as individuals throughout our lives. This development requires a dialogue between our conscious self and the unconscious (that is, the parts of our self we do not yet know or accept). The thoughts, emotions and behaviors that keep us from living our lives more fully have their origins in these unacknowledged parts of our self. They may contribute to relationship issues, addiction, anxiety or depression, identity issues, or simply to a sense of unease. These are all symptoms that there is some inner obstacle to the process of individuation.
My training is primarily in Jungian psychology, which assumes that psyche has the capacity to heal itself, and I endeavor to provide a safe place, a temenos or sacred space, where this can occur. The goal of Jungian psychotherapy is to facilitate the natural process of individuation.
Dreams can be an important aspect of this work, along with expressive arts. I have had several years of analysis and supervision with Jungian analysts in Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco and I consider my ability to work with dreams an essential part of my clinical practice. Sooner or later, in my experience, dreams will come to our attention.
My most recent graduate degree is an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I was an advanced-candidate-in-training with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts from 2007-2013. I also have a graduate degree in political science and a strong interest in cultural studies.
I work with individual adults in private offices in Kerrisdale and Kitsilano. Please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail if you would like to talk about whether Jungian psychotherapy might work for you.
I also provide consultation services to therapists who wish to learn more about Jungian psychology and to apply it in their clinical practice, especially with respect to dreams.
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For further information, visit Gail Lyons's website.