Jungian Dream Analysis
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Renée Balthrop, Ph.D.
Manayunk/Wissahickon, PA

This presentation will explicate Jungian Dream Analysis as set forth by C. G. Jung and his successors Marion Woodman and Stephen Eisenstadt. Except for Dr. Sigmund Freud, no one has influenced modern dream studies more than Dr. Carl Jung. Jung, a psychoanalyst based in Zurich, Switzerland was a friend and follower of Freud, but he soon developed his own ideas about how dreams are formed and interpreted. He explained their therapeutic value and structure as well as his own method of analysis. Jung offered many examples of dreams from his patients and analysis of them. This presentation will outline the steps for dream interpretation from a Jungian point of view. It will also cover Jung’s concepts about dream interpretation, the function of dreams, dream structure, the language of dreams, and techniques for working with dreams. We will also explore Jung’s concept of active imagination and how it can be used to amplify dream images. In addition we will review the contributions of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman and Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D. both of whom have extend Jung’s original theories and methods.

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

  1. Describe the language of dreams.
  2. List the steps for Jungian dream interpretation.
  3. Name three sources for access to unconscious contents.
  4. List 3 tips for recalling dreams.

Dr. Renée Balthrop,is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Media, PA. She has over 30 years experience doing in-depth, jungian- oriented psychotherapy with adults in the Philadelphia area. Her areas of specialization include mindfulness based treatment approaches, mind- body psychology and the treatment of single and multiple incident trauma using EMDR. Her interests include women’s issues, dream analysis, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. She has completed the Fellowship program at the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Balthrop has studied BodySoulRhythms© with Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst in London, Ontario for over 20 years. She graduated from the first BodySoulRhythms© leadership training program in 2003. She attended a dream tending seminar with Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2018. She is also a writer who has contributed to The Renfrew Perspective and other local publications and a chapbook of her poetry was released in 2000.

Reference:Jung, C. G. (1974). Dreams. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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