Rosh Hashana: The Model Therapy Process

What does Carl Jung, Alchemy, psychotherapy, and the Jewish New Year have in common?

Video Description:

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 Presenter:

Yonasan Bender, SW graduated from Hebrew University’s School of Social Work. He has his psychotherapy practice at The Place: The Jerusalem Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. To share your thoughts, experiences, questions, or a different perspective, you can reach Yonasan Bender at 053-808-0435 or email him by clicking HERE. To learn more about him and his work, click HERE.

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