Psychotherapy Pastoral Care Spiritual Direction Psychoanalysis
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, with individuals or couples, understands the human being to be more than what he or she says and does. The soul is the conscious and unconscious center of the person and has an abiding influence on every aspect of the person's life. Within a safe and trusting relationship, the client shares his or her story with emphasis on trauma and pain as well as joy. Dreams provide the best way to access the unconscious. The purpose is growth and transformation.
Pastoral Care brings healing, hope and wholeness to individuals, couples, and families by offering spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care. Pastoral care rests on a holistic understanding of life as spiritual, biological, psychological and social. It holds a deep respect for the rich diversity of human life and human understandings of religions and spiritualities. Typically the work is done in response to a crisis and may be limited to one or two sessions.
Spiritual Direction is conducted within a relationship of attention and conversation. It is always done a faith or religious system of belief. The faith system may not be spoken of explicitly but it is always assumed. In the words of Carl Jung, "Invited or not, God is always present." The human person is the creation of a loving God who has a lasting relationship with the individual and whose loving activity may be discerned in the person's life.
Psychoanalysis rests on the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, two 19th - 20th Century European psychiatrists who identified the unconscious - a dimension of the mind not readily available to consciousness - which exercises a profound influence on the whole psyche - a term both Freud and Jung used to mean the soul. From Freud and Jung we learn of the dynamic power of the dyadic relational field where transference and countertransference energize and change both analyst and analysand. In a trusting relationship established through listening and a safe and non-judgmental presence, over time, the analyst is able to create a container where the work of change is accomplished through interpretation, intervention and influence. The work is not short term; and it is often the work of re-parenting, a working through of childhood trauma, abuse or neglect. Psychoanalysis has been called the "talking cure." In fact, it is the "listening cure." Freud understood it to be "the cure of Love."