The James Goodrich Whitney Center For Psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco has been providing sliding-scale depth psychotherapy since the 1940’s. The Center welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Between 90 and 120 patients are seen at any given time. Therapy can last as long as two years and patients can be seen at frequencies greater than once weekly. Therapy is also available for couples.
Contemporary Jungian psychotherapy is informed by a variety of psychoanalytic approaches. The focus is not only on difficulties and conflicts but also takes into consideration the healing and creative aspects of the psyche. There is a trust in the innate wisdom of the unconscious to guide the work through symbolic material, and to lay out a path towards wholeness or individuation.
Our clinical and theoretical approach offers perspectives into a complex and multilayered psyche that includes developmental and archetypal perspectives. This depth orientation often involves working with symbolic material (i.e. dreams, sandplay, etc.) as well as close attention to developmental issues and transference/countertransference. In addition, Jung, in discussing the idea that therapist and patient have a mutual impact upon each other, advanced the idea of intersubjectivity, a perspective that is very present in Jungian work.
Therapy at the Center is provided by analysts, candidates in analytical training, pre-doctoral psychology interns and registered Marriage and Family Therapist interns who are involved in a two-year training program, as well as fourth year psychiatry residents. Registered Social Work Interns are also eligible to apply for internship training. Currently there are 9 interns. Interns receive intensive supervision from two supervisors simultaneously. They participate in case conference/seminars, didactic seminars, and have access to the rich resources of the Jung Institute.