Conscious Femininity

  • 07 May 2017
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Philadelphia (East Falls) (exact address to be emailed)
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Conscious Femininity

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Renée Balthrop, PhD

2 CEUs Offered

Conscious femininity is a concept developed by Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst who studied at the C. G. Jung institute in Zurich. After becoming an analyst, she went on to expand Jung’s ideas as they relate to feminine development and mind-body psychology. This presentation is an introduction to her ideas regarding conscious femininity.  Conscious femininity is the embodiment and awareness of living and practicing with a commitment to the feminine principle.  Masculine and feminine principles do not refer to concepts of gender. They are energetic patterns of being, with both the masculine and the feminine present in men as well as in women at all times.  Life is the result of the dynamic interplay of feminine and masculine energies.  In our fast paced, quick fix culture, as well as in the contemporary practice of psychotherapy, the masculine approach is more prevalent and has long been assigned a greater value than the feminine.  From the standpoint of conscious femininity, the feminine principle is not “better” than the masculine, or vice versa.  At this time, we need to make conscious and integrate qualities of the feminine principle in order to compensate for the longstanding dominance of the masculine.  Our intention is to develop a balanced partnership between feminine and masculine principles.

As clinicians, how many of us have struggled to take a complete history and formulate treatment goals in a single session?  Conscious femininity offers an alternative approach for achieving these objectives.  Predominantly masculine models of psychotherapy focus on goals, symptoms, analysis, interpretation, reason, and action. Psychotherapy grounded in the feminine principle has much to offer masculine oriented theories and begins in an altogether different place:  a place of not knowing, but of experiencing, centered on being as opposed to doing. Using clinical examples and case material this presentation will explore the conscious use of the feminine principle and the role of the masculine in conducting effective psychotherapy. 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

1. Describe what Marion Woodman means by “conscious femininity.”

2. List reasons why the use of metaphor and symbol are essential in therapeutic work.

3. Define the stages of feminine development. 


Renée Balthrop, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Media, PA. She is in the Fellowship program at the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis. She has studied extensively with Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst in London, Ontario.


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