WHEN THE KING-QUEEN UNION CANNOT HOLD: MEDIATING IMPASSES IN COUPLES THERAPY

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
9:30AM – 1:30PM
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

9:30AM – 1:30PM

FACULTY: CAROLYN H BRAY, PHD

4 Possible Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN

TUITION: $150/$175 (INCLUDES CEUS)


When there is an impasse, how can a Jungian approach to couples therapy promote psychological growth of both the relationship and the individuals?
A Jungian approach to couples therapy is guided by the concept that coupling or marriage is a pathway to individual psychological development. The inherent tension between the individual and the couple is the source of Eros, bringing passion and the potential for new life in the relationship and the individuals. However, this same Eros can also lead to conflict and impasse resulting in an emotionally painful experience for all concerned. If they can be endured, these moments may serve as opportunities for further growth.

Dr. Bray will outline the foundational principles that securely hold the couple, including an overview of Jungian typology as a vehicle to establish a basis of understanding and improved communication. She will present clinical examples of impasses and examine possible options to mediate them. Finally, Dr. Bray will address ways in which seemingly irresolvable impasses may be addressed through divorce mediation or collaborative law, minimizing feelings of failure, shame, and blame.



CAROLYN H. BRAY, PHD is a Jungian psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Dr. Bray has a private clinical practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California, working with adult individuals and couples and providing consultation to other mental health professionals.