In Trauma and the Soul (2013), Donald Kalsched explores the mystical or spiritual intimacies that can occur between the therapist and the client during analytic trauma work. Kalsched uses extended vignettes, including therapeutic dialogue and dreams to illustrate how the process of depth psychology carries both analytic partners–therapist and trauma survivor–into another world, one filled with light and dark daimonic powers. Kalsched argues that this mytho-poetic world is simply not the defensive mechanism as suggested by Freud, but a mystery that is at the center of the healing process. Kalsched uses Jung’s own early trauma as an example of how the analytic process moves one towards healing. Using images of Dante’s descent into the Inferno of Hell, the archetype of lost child, and Antoine de Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, Kalsched maps out his psycho-spiritual approach to trauma and it’s treatment.
1. Participants will learn Kalsched’s model of the mytho-poetic world that is created during analytic therapy.
2. Participants will learn the impact that trauma has on the survivor and the ways in which analytic therapy moves the client towards healing.
3. Participants will learn the power of the therapeutic alliance that is created between the therapist and the clients and the way in which another world is created.
4. Participants will learn how Jung’s early trauma caused him to go inward and how his analytic work moved him towards healing.
5. Participants will learn how dreams and the therapeutic dialogue can help to create this mytho-poetic world.
Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D. is a Jungian influenced therapist in private practice. She is a licensed professional counselor, a board certified coach, and certified in EMDR therapy. She has been working in the treatment of trauma since 1991. She earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1993 and a Doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003. She has led numerous study groups for the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis and serves on the Board of Directors as Vice-President.