This essay involves a discussion and a Jungian depth psychological perspective on a relationship with W B, a man that suffered from Delusions of Grandeur and Persecutory Delusions, as well as severe arthritis. Although I was not there as a therapist or healer, we did discuss dreams and other issues regarding his life and there may, as a result, have been some measure of healing.
Before I get into my talk I feel the need to state that I am not here to sell my services or try and convince you to send clients my way. As you know psychiatrists have one corner of the therapy market all sewed up thanks to Medicare. Otherwise, commercial values have taken over the world of therapy as it has become dominated by managed health care agencies and insurance companies, each of which encourages brief therapy [3-6 sessions] and medication. Of course, pharmaceutical companies play a major role in defining the status quo. These organizations also treat therapists as numbers, as if to say that one therapist is as good as the next. Rather than choosing therapists on the basis of character, or integrity, they are selected on the basis of symptom specialization and the therapist’s networking acumen.
In this paper I demonstrate how the archetype of Dionysus is constellated in the dreams of a male therapist and his female analysand. Amplifications on the nature of this archetype, by drawing on story, myth and cult practices, help in understanding the meaning of each of their dreams. I also attempt to relate the meaning of the dreams to everyday reality and life circumstances.
In this paper I examine two causal explanations for depression, the psychological and the biochemical. I argue for a holistic Jungian depth perspective that may, at times, allow for the wise use of antidepressant medications. I differentiate between pathological depression, where antidepressants may be therapeutically advisable, and transformative depression, where antidepressants may, at times, be helpful although in the long run their use is detrimental to in-depth healing.
In this essay I discuss the nature of Shamanism and its relevance for depth-therapy. Contemporary therapists can learn much from the shamanic model. Indeed, there are many parallels between shamanism and depth psychology.