Carl Jung, Alchemy, And Psychotherapy: An Analysis Of The Jewish New Year As A Map To Psychotherapy

What does Carl Jung and his depth psychology have to offer to psychotherapy and a better understanding of transcendence.

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Carl Jung is often overlooked for his role in the development of psychotherapy. Often, looked as a mystic, little is taught about his theories. His therapeutic approach, clinical contributions, and method of psychoanalysis are routinely overlooked. In some sense this is to his credit. His insightful and scientific approach to therapy have predicted where modern therapy’s development. So much so, we take those contributions for granted.

This lecture attempts to illustrate a key aspect of Jungian analysis: Alchemy. Jung, later in his work, drew from the alchemists looking at them as the first therapists. Their belief in man’s transcendent nature and pre-scientific mind make them perfect models for therapy. Therapy awkwardly sits between science and philosophy and alchemy provides the perfect glue bridging the two.

This video demonstrates Jungian psychology and it’s utility in the field. Using alchemy, the clinician can better grasp the human soul, suffering, and how to heal it. Alchemy also offers a road map of how to guide treatment and dangers to look out for.

These themes are used in the analysis of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. The symbolism of this holiday highly corresponds to alchemical thought. It also serves as a unique and helpful model of human growth, development, and self-actualization.


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About The Author

Raised in a rural farm town Iowa, Yonasan Bender, L.C.S.W. combines small town values with powerful training. He provide clients with cutting-edge empirical knowledge, empathy, and timeless wisdom.

Yonasan’s a graduate of Hebrew University’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. He completed post graduate training in a wide array of therapeutic approaches. These approaches range from CBT to Psychodynamic therapies. Before Hebrew University, he studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Drake University. Yonasan majored in philosophy and ethics.

Yonasan is the clinical director of Jerusalem Therapy Mental Health Services. He’s also a member of the Association For Contextual Behavioral Science. He’s a key member of the clinical team at The Place, the Jerusalem Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. Yonasan is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist skills trainer at Machon Dvir. He’s also a group leader for the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder’ Family Connections program.

He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, anger, poor self-esteem, insomnia, and marital conflict. He has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, families, and children.


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