"... if a neurosis gives an impression of wanting to hold on to
a childhood paradise, the "childhood paradise" that it is
allegedly defending is, rather than an archetypal truth, a
thoroughly modern idea, a new invention, an abstract
utopian concept of a "childhood paradise", that is merely
retrojected into the past."
Wolfgang Giegerich, Neurosis: The Logic of a Metaphysical Illness, 2013 p. 356
Psychotherapy is not about "fixing" a psychological machine in the same way as medicine is often about the fixing of a physical machine. Human psychology is intimately related to to the phenomenon of human consciousness which is a unique phenomenon in nature, not amenable to simple "illness" metaphors or philosophically naïve physical analogies.
Often what we term "mental illness" is an attempt to adapt to a difficult situation or event which is connected to complex facets of our history, character and environment and has to be approached as such. I therefore aim to look at anxiety and depression as often failed and outdated solutions which need to be unpacked and examined rather than blocked or avoided.
Anxiety and depression are all too common, understandable responses to some of the difficulties of modern life and it is usually worthwhile to investigate them so that they do not become habits from which it is hard to escape. This is particularly important in relationships where habits and patterns of behaviour often determine the tone and course of the relationship.
I am happy to provide open advice to anyone investigating psychotherapy or psychoanalysis as many people have questions about the process, structure or contents of such work before they decide to take part in it.
A graduate and past Vice-President of the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, I hold practice licenses for Canton Zürich and Canton Schaffhausen and am registered to work through Swiss Health Insurance. I have practices in both central Zürich and Schaffhausen.
Address · Sonneggsteig 7, 8006 Zürich
Email · firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel · 044 586 3392
By telephone, please leave a message and I will usually reply the same day.
Take tram 7 or 15 going North to stop "Sonneggstrasse" (two stops after Central). Go left across the bottom of the road and you will see steps going up to the right, near to a small, modern bronze drinking fountain. Go up the steps almost to the top. To the left side, there is an iron gate. The door to the practise is red with iron decorations and the bell is on the left of the door.
If coming by car, there are "blue zone" parking spaces and also 2 hour meters all long Turnerstrasse and the surrounding area at the top of the steps.
The above interview is also now available in the book "Breakfast in Küsnacht: Conversations on C.G. Jung and Beyond"
First reading of the draft paper "Consciousness, Reflexivity and Evolution" from the ISPDI Conference November 2021