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Welcome to my practice. I am glad you are considering my psychoanalytic practice for your therapy needs.
ABOUT JUNGIAN ANALYSIS
Jungian analysis, like psychotherapy in general, addresses problems in the realms of love, work and play. We all have deep needs to be known, to love and to be loved, to experience meaning and joy in our lives. When these desires are frayed and frustrated because of past wounds or a current situation, because of depression or anxiety, because of fear, shame, or low self-esteem a Jungian therapeutic approach offers many healing avenues. Each person is unique, so each analytic endeavor is unique. I have multiple therapeutic skills best serve the particular personality and problem of the client.
When appropriate, Jungians tend to focus on two essential components. First is the therapeutic relationship itself. Sharing one’s feelings, thoughts and memories with someone who is open, caring and fully engaged is the fertile ground for healing and wholeness. The resulting relationship is not just mutually respectful, it becomes a temenos, a sacred container where deep understanding and healing take place.
Secondly, Jungian therapy focuses on the images that spontaneously arise in a person’s dreams, preoccupations, and daytime fantasies. These offer us an objective perspective of where we have come from, who we are now, and who we might become. Spending quality time with these gifts from our unconscious, the life-giving sea of our lives, is often enlightening and transformative. Here we get to know our “shadow,” our “contra-sexual aspect,” and the same figures and situations we find in myths and fairy tales.
The unconscious is bristling with unknown parts of our psyche longing to be welcomed by us and, when we give them hospitality, they enlarge us. Jung said “In each of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves.” A dream offers correction when we are off center. The images help us to reimagine ourselves with a larger perspective so that we can live boldly into our growing wholeness. They enable and encourage us on our individuation journey.
In addition, Jung’s approach leaves space for the spiritual aspects of the human psyche, psyche being the Greek word for soul. While not a follower of organized religion, Jung knew that the spiritual aspects were key to a meaningful human existence. He concluded: “Among all my patients in the second half of life—that is to say, over thirty-five—there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost what the living religions of every age have given their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his religious outlook. This of course has nothing whatever to do with a particular creed or membership of a church.” For those who are interested, Jungian analysis can also take the form of spiritual direction, particularly as we look to connecting to our inner selves and identifying our individual purpose in life.
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
Kendrick L. Norris, PhD, NCPsyA, IAAP, is a Jungian Analyst who works with individuals and couples.
Dr. Norris does not accept insurance.
Fee is $100 for a fifty minute session. Sliding scale may be available.
Sessions take place in my private office at 133 State Street (corner of Boston Post Road), Guilford, second floor of Health Options building.
To set up an initial meeting, call 203-415-0470 or email KendrickN@aya.yale.edu
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Clinical Member, International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP)
Clinical and Board Member, New York Association of Analytical Psychologists (NYAAP)
Clinical Member, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP)
Clinical Member and Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
Clinical Member, Imago Relationship International (IRI)
Board Member, C.G. Jung Foundation of New York
Founding member, board member and program director for Guilford, Connecticut Association of Jungian Psychology
Clinician, Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Raphael’s Hospital
Part-time Clinician, Family Counseling of Greater New Haven
Clinical Pastoral Education, Yale New Haven Hospital
Clinical Pastoral Education, St. Raphael’s Hospital
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church, Guilford, CT
C.G. Jung Institute of New York, Diploma
Graduate Theological Foundation, Ph.D., Pastoral Psychology
Yale University Divinity School, S.T.M., Pastoral Psychology
Andover Newton Theological School, D. Min., Psychology and Clinical Studies
Yale University Divinity School, M.Div.
The Connecticut Association for Jungian Psychology (CAJP) offers educational programs—lecture, classes, seminars and workshops—in the Connecticut Shoreline and Hartford areas: www.jungct.org
Temenos Institute offers educational programs—lectures, classes, seminars and workshops—in Westport, CT: www.temenosinstitute.net
C.G. Jung Foundation of New York offers educational programs—lectures, classes, seminars and workshops—to the public in Manhattan. They also offer on-line classes: www.CGJungNY.org
Mercy Center offers a beautiful, ecumenical setting—the Madison shore—for retreats, spiritual and psychological programs: www.mercybythesea.org.
Imago Relationship International: To find workshops for couples and reading resources: www.gettingtheloveyouwant.com
SOME C.G. JUNG QUOTES
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.”
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”
“Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.”
“Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them.”
“There is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols which are older than the historical man, which are inborn in him from the earliest times, eternally living, outlasting all generations, still make up the groundwork of the human psyche. It is only possible to live the fullest life when we are in harmony with these symbols; wisdom is a return to them.”
“The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.”
“Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.”
“…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
“We have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.”
“A true symbol appears only when there is a need to express what thought cannot think or what is only divined or felt.”
“Philemon and other figures of my fantasies brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. He said I treated thoughts as if I generated them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, or people in a room, or birds in the air, and added, “If you should see people in a room, you would not think that you had made those people, or that you were responsible for them.” It was he who taught me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche. Through him the distinction was clarified between myself and the object of my thought. He confronted me in an objective manner, and I understood that there is something in me which can say things that I do not know and do not intend, things which may even be directed against me.”
“The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.”
“I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.”
“I don't aspire to be a good man. I aspire to be a whole man.”
“That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.”
“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”
“The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals.”
“Psychological or spiritual development always requires a greater capacity for anxiety and ambiguity.”