Gail Collins-Webb

Analytical Psychotherapy (Jungian Analysis) in Earley, Wokingham/ Reading, Berkshire

Call in confidence (0118) 9664826
Email gail@collinswebb.plus.com

Session Practicalities

  • What can I expect in an analysis session?
    • At the initial session basic information is explored including your family tree, an outline of your background and history, medical issues, and your current life situation.  The main problems you may currently be experiencing will possibly be discussed but only briefly.  Painful and difficult issues are only discussed once a client feels ready to do so and only once a working relationship has been established.

      To make a connection with the unconscious, Jungian analysis uses symbols that emerge spontaneously in fantasies, dreams, creative projects and daily experience. During therapy such material will be explored and personal associations will be discussed.  Many of these images are archetypal and parallels can be drawn with wider human experience.  The process generates energy that leads to psychological transformation and personal development.
  • How long does it take?
    • This is the most frequently asked question. The quick answer is that all depends on the issue that needs to be addressed. If you have been suffering from a particular issue for a very long time, then you can expect that it will take a similarly long time to resolve it.  In a research study on Jungian Analysis (Naturalistic Study of Long-Term Analytical Psychotherapies (PAL) (http://www3.sympatico.ca/cjbecker/Effectiveness_of_Jungian_Psychotherapy.pdf), the average number of hours of treatment was found to translate into about 2 years of work of weekly sessions. Also please see this paper by Christian Roesler which indicates that significant beneficial changes are delivered over an average of 90 sessions.

      Some people find that they feel more empowered in a short period of time e.g. around 6 months. There is sufficient research to show that long term psychotherapy is necessary if people are to experience long lasting change in their lives. Others remain in analysis for a number of years while they explore their unconscious and the deeper meaning and purpose of their lives.
      At some point, analysis can become an inner journey as clients touch the deeper archetypal level of reality and meaning. This often happens after several years of analysis. It is important to consider that the amount of time in analysis and the benefits derived from it are directly related to the commitment and the energy that someone is willing to put in.
  • Do I need to remember my dreams to be in a Jungian Analysis?
    • Dreams do play an important role in examining what is happening in the unconscious. It is not necessary to remember your dreams, however, to be in Jungian Analysis. The unconscious reveals itself in many different ways including fantasies, day dreams, music, art, daily stories, creativity and even slips of the tongue.
      Often people entering into Jungian therapy find that they remember their dreams more easily than they did before.  We all dream, so it is more a question of whether we remember them or not.  Working with dreams has the effect of increasing our ability to recall dreams.
  • Is Jungian Analysis worth the cost?
    • The answer to this question very much depends on how much you value yourself and how much you prioritise your personal growth and well-being.  In dreams, money is often presented as a symbol of energy and of value.  Your psychological health and personal development not only determines your well-being, it also translates to your future quality of life.  So from a symbolic point of view, the money devoted to address psychological issues and well-being is an investment in your life and in realizing your potential. From this perspective, therapy will return dividends in your own psychological growth and healing.
  • How frequent are sessions?
  • After an initial session therapy begins with a six session period. At the end of this we will evaluate the situation and decide whether we will enter fully into the therapeutic contract.
    Therapy tends to work to the extent that there is commitment and regularity in the arrangement on the part of both client and therapist.

    Sessions frequency is negotiated according to your needs.
  • What is the cancellation policy
    • When booking an appointment, you are reserving my time to be exclusively to be with you.  I work on the condition that you will pay the full fee for any session that is missed, or cancelled less than 48 hours in advance.