Juliet Bruce, PhD
The 2012 film "A Dangerous Method" portrays the breakup between Freud and Jung, and the resulting split between analytical and depth psychology. In one turning point scene, Freud says something to effect that "our responsibility is to help our patients become conscious of the underlying unconscious drives that are playing havoc with their conscious lives. It's not our place to interfere beyond that."
Jung replies, "I disagree. If we bring our patients to the dark places in their psyches, it's definitely our responsibility to give them a journey back to a happier life."
If you want to help your patients make an integrative journey toward wholeness in their lives, a working knowledge of narrative medicine and how other expressive modalities support it is essential.
In addition to my private counseling practice, I train clinicians in the use of storytelling techniques to not only support their clients but also mitigate the effects of burnout and offer fresh perspectives for their own well-being.
"THE FIREBIRD": EXPLORING DEPRESSION AS TRANSFORMATIONAL GROUND
Depression and anxiety are the twin maladies of our time. The Centers for Disease Control predict that by 2020, over 80% of women will have experienced depression. Beneath the roots of depression and anxiety in our personal lives, many depth psychologists believe these miseries are a reflection of the violence and destruction taking place throughout our world, including to our earth itself. Literally, as we heal ourselves, we heal a small bit of the world.
In my practice, I help my clients follow an ancient path through this condition. Traditional cultures understood depression and other non-ordinary mental experiences as states of emergence rather than as disorders.
This workshop uses the rich metaphors, visual images, and environments of a famous Russian folk tale to take a fresh and optimistic approach to depression.
(NOTE: this approach is not intended to replace traditional talk therapy. Rather, it is intended to support and enrich common therapeutic modalities.)
"Thank you for your wonderful presentation. Looking at depression through a story lens was useful. Definitely useful." -- from The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, presented on May 8, 2014.
Write to me to book this event for your agency.
Past story trainings include presentations at the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, World Congress for Social Psychiatry, National Association for Mental Health Professionals, the C.G. Jung Foundation of NYC, Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, Adelphi and Long Island Universities, and the Expressive Therapies Summit, among many other venues.
To speak with me about a story presentation for your agency, academic institution, or other organization, write me at the above address.