Depth Psychology

A Mission Statement

Depth Psychology is a practice of making what is unconscious, conscious.  It has evolved out of Carl Jung’s studies of the Self and  in my own words is best explained as what we don’t work out, we act out…

My personal depth psychology experience embodies the following premises:

  1. Commitment to the understandings that Psyche is real, is a perspective, is personal and more than personal (Coppin & Nelson, 2005).  In my own words, Psyche is everything.
  2. Recognition of non-dualism.  That is, by means of Psyche being everything, the self/other dilemma is disillusion, much as Eastern philosophy teaches and seeks to embrace.  This is an informed ethos known only in practice.
  3. Commitment to the ethos of this practice is recognition of the wilds of the unconscious reflected in the wilds of nature.  In my words I will call this the Nature of nature.  Practice is exploration of these themes by virtue of commitment, or what Snyder (1980, 1990) terms the real work.
  4. Forwarding the practices of this wild and real work in the practical applications of Permaculture (see Starhawk,) Terrapsychology, and Ecopsychology (see Craig Chaliquist, ecofeminism, Starhawk).  Consideration of the value and application of animism (Snyder, 1969, 1990) and feminist spiritualism (Bobel, 2010) in this context.
  5. Commitment to the creative practice of Psyche as interchangeable with what might be called Blake’s poetic madness.  Poetry, when referred to with the capital P, is the understanding and application of creativity as sacred, as in “There is no way out of the spiritual battle/the war is the war against the imagination/you can’t sign up as a conscientious objector” (diPrima, 1990, 2001).
  6. Forwarding the practice of non-dualism by actively and personally deconstructing dominant culture rules and roles and embracing the practice of humanism (see Liberation Psychology, Watkins, 2008).
  7. Finally, in response to the ways in which the self/other dilemma has come to inform dominant culture ethos, and in commitment to compassionate understanding and applied compassionate but truthful deconstruction of said roles and rules, a commitment to the value of re-embodying the anima, (Jung, ) or soul principle, at times called the divine feminine (see Pinkola-Estes, 1991; Harvey, 1995; Stevens Sullivan, 1989), which looks like:
    • Celebratory, non-religious reverence for the mysteriousness of the Nature of nature and ritualistic, but spontaneous self-reflecting response, imbibed of and at once imbibing magic when practiced, as well as wonder, gratitude, and awe.
    • Acknowledgment of the sacredness of dark, which is only consciousness, pre-verbal thus yet to be made known.
    • Practice, with no concretized disillusions, only precepts meant to be tried out in action, again and again (see Hillman, 1975) of embodied anima via empowered animus.

To learn more about my clinical work in depth psychology, visit here.

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Bobel, C. (2010). New blood: Third-wave feminism and the politics of menstruation. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Chalquist, C. 2011. Catching the earth by the tail.  Taken from http://www.chalquist.com/earthrise.html.

Chalquist, C. 2007.  Terrapsychology, reengaging the soul of place.  New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal, Inc.

Coppin, J. & Nelson, E. 2005. The art of inquiry, a depth psychological perspective.  New York, NY: Spring Publications, Inc.

diPrima, D. 1990. Pieces of a song. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books.

diPrima, D. 2001. Recollections of my life as a woman, the new york years. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Ettinger, B. 2006. The matrixial borderspace. Minneapolis, MN: The University of Minnesota Press.

Harvey, A. 1995. The return of the mother.  New York, NY: Penguin Putnam.

Hillman, J. 1975. Re-visioning psychology. New York, NY: Harper & Row.

Jung, C.  1963.  Memories, dreams, reflections. New York, NY: Random House.

Pinkola-Estes, C.  1992,. Women who run with the wolves, myths and stories of the wild women archetype.  New York, NY: Random House.

Shulman, H. & Watkins, M. Toward psychologies of liberation (critical theory and practice in psychology and the human sciences.) New York, NY: Palgrave  Macmillan.

Snyder, G. 1990. The practice of the wild.  Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press.

Snyder, G. 1980.  The real work, interviews & talks, 1964-1979. New York, NY: New Directions.

Starhawk. 2004. The earth path, grounding your spirit in the rhythms of nature. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Starhawk. 2002-2014. Permaculture Resource page: http://www.starhawk.org/permaculture/permaculture.html.

Stevens Sullivan, B. 1989. Psychotherapy grounded in the feminine principle. Wilmette: IL: Chiron Publications.

 ©Kelly McMullen, Wild Women Wisdom, 2015, all rights reserved


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