1st Edition

Jungian Art Therapy Images, Dreams, and Analytical Psychology

By Nora Swan-Foster Copyright 2018
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    Jungian Art Therapy aims to provide a clear, introductory manual for art therapists on how to navigate Jung’s model of working with the psyche. This exciting new text circumambulates Jung’s map of the mind so as to reinforce the theoretical foundations of analytical psychology while simultaneously defining key concepts to help orient practitioners, students, and teachers alike. The book provides several methods, which illustrate how to work with the numerous images originating from the unconscious and glean understanding from them. Throughout the text readers will enjoy clinical vignettes to support each chapter and illuminate important lessons.


    Table of Contents


    My Journey into Jungian Psychology

    Why this book?

    Navigation: Two Centuries, Two Paradigms

    Circumambulating the Stages




    The Map of the Book

    Jungian Art Therapy

    Images and the Interpretation of Images

    Affect, Emotion, and Feeling




    Masculine and Feminine Principles

    Genius Loci: Sacred Space


    Section I: Gateway: Preparing to Engage

    Chapter 1: A Jungian Landscape for Theory and Practice

    Landmarks: Conscious, Unconscious, and the Symbolic

    Jung, Signs, and Symbols

    Circumambulation: An attitude for the Inner Journey


    Jung’s Structure of the Psyche

    The Psyche as Circle









    The Self: The Numinous Psyche


    Psychic Energy


    Chapter 2: Jungian Art Psychotherapy: Creating Bridges to the Past

    Jung’s Contributions: Analytical Psychology as a Framework for Jungian Art Therapy

    Origins of Analytical Psychology

    Jung’s Separation from Freud

    Jung’s Creative Descent and the Liber Novus—The Red Book—1913-1930

    A Journey into Art Therapy

    Jung’s Influence on Art Therapy—American and British

    American Art Therapy

    Margaret Naumburg: The Mother of Art Therapy

    Naumburg’s Academic Accomplishments

    Florence Cane

    British Jungian Art Therapy and Withymead

    Champerowne’s Early Days


    Chapter 3: Psychic Energy: The Psyche’s Life Force

    Two Kinds of Thinking and Psychic Energy

    Psychic Energy

    Tension of Opposites

    Body and the Opposites

    Movement of Psychic Energy

    Progressive and Regressive Energy


    Principles of Constancy and Equivalence


    Jungian Art Therapy Example


    Psychic Energy and Teleology


    Chapter 4: Synthetic Method and Transcendent Function and Art Therapy

    Jung’s Synthetic Method




    Art Therapy and the Synthetic Method

    Transcendent Function

    The Role of the Transcendent Function

    Constellation of the Transcendent Function

    Transcendent Function and Restoration of Persona

    Florence Cane: Transcendent Function, Opposites

    Transcendent Function, Symbols, and Art Therapy

    The Transcendent Function in Action: Jungian Art Therapy Examples


    Art and Individuation

    Jung’s Two Approaches Towards Images: Creative Formulation and meaning

    Facilitating the Transcendent Function


    Section II: Attending: Engaging with the unconscious

    Chapter 5: Imagination: Creating Imaginal Space

    The Imagination

    History of Imagination

    Imagination and Symbolic Thinking

    Symbolic Thinking—A Developmental Process

    Productive Imagination

    Destructive Forces and Imagination

    Clinical Example of Destructive Imagination

    Lucinda’s Story: Imagination and Amor Fati


    Chapter 6: Complex Theory: The Material for Transformation

    The Basic Nature of a Complex




    The Structure of the Complex

    Cluster of Complexes

    Complexes as Expression of Energy

    Complexes, Emotions, and Images

    Tina’s Story

    Complexes, Emotions, and the Body

    Carol’s Story

    The Purpose of Complexes

    Progressive and Regressive Complexes

    Complexes and Multiplicity

    Complexes and Trauma

    Complexes and Transference/Countertransference

    Complexes and Art Materials

    Jungian Art Therapy Example


    Chapter 7: Archetypes: Anchors of the Mythic Pattern

    Definition of Archetypes

    The Structure of Archetypes

    Jung and Archetypes


    Jung’s Three Developments of the Archetype

    Years 1912-1934

    Years 1935-1945

    Years 1945-1961

    The Psychological Development of the Archetype

    How Archetypes Influence Consciousness

    Rebecca’s Image

    The Bipolar Archetype: Instinctual and Spiritual Poles

    Myth of Psyche: Instinctual and Spiritual



    Claire’s Story

    Self: Archetype as the Spiritual Pole

    The Relationship Between Ego, Complexes, and Archetypes

    How Do We Recognize an Archetype?

    The Archetype of Individuation

    Jungian Art Therapy: John and Emergence

    Important Summary Points About Archetypes


    Section III: Passage: Engaging with Images

    Chapter 8: Dreams and Art Therapy

    The Importance of Dreams

    Freud and Dreams

    Jung’s Approach to Dreams

    How to Catch a Dream

    The Structure of a Dream

    Types of Dreams

    Basic Notes on Dreams

    Dreams and Art

    Dreams Carry Energy and Emotion

    Anna’s Dream: Instinctual and Spiritual

    The Story of Dawn: The Castle and The Bridge

    The Bridge Dream

    Alternative Approaches to the Bridge Dream

    Dreams of the Past

    Dreams that Sing

    Naomi and the Boy Animus

    Ellen and the Father


    Chapter 9: Active Imagination and Art Therapy

    Active Imagination and the Pregnant Symbol

    Active Imagination—Experiencing the Psyche

    Jung’s Red Book: The Discovery of Active Imagination

    Jung’s Method of Active Imagination

    Example Dialogue with Art

    Von Franz’s Method of Active Imagination

    Post-Jungian Reflections and Methods

    Active Imagination and Transitional Space

    Active Imagination and Transference/Countertransference

    Creating a Personal "Red Book" Process

    An Example of Creating a "Red Book"




    Nora Swan-Foster, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, is a Jungian Analyst and Jungian Art Therapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist and a senior training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). Nora teaches at Naropa University, where she was on the faculty for several years. Her art therapy research and publications opened the door for using art therapy as early intervention with childbearing-related issues related to medical trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Nora is on the editorial board for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and her chapter "Jungian Art Therapy" was included in Judith Rubin’s Approaches to Art Therapy. She continues to investigate the Jungian path of creativity through teaching, painting, dreams, and active imagination.

    Jungian Art Therapy carefully lays out Jung’s model of the psyche for the art therapist seeking to enrich their work through an integration of Jungian theory. Jungian analysts and psychotherapists will find a valuable introduction to the integration of expressive art therapy techniques with Jungian psychotherapy. Grounding theory in image, Swan-Foster effectively provides clinical examples throughout to forge a bridge between Analytical Psychology and art therapy. Well-conceived and actualized.

    Mark Winborn, PhD, Jungian psychoanalyst and author of Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey and Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond.


    "This book actively imagines into the layers of transformation patiently waiting for those longing to awaken the innate forces of creative expression. Readers will feel gratitude for Swan-Foster’s generosity to competently synthesize the alchemical strands of art therapy with Jungian studies."

    Michael Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, Naropa University


    "Nora Swan-Foster’s new book, Jungian Art Therapy, brings the concepts of Jungian thought combined with the principles of art therapy to the cutting edge. It will be appreciated by students, teachers and clinicians alike who are interested in learning how Jungian theory and art therapy together form a dynamic psychotherapeutic discipline. The book is timely in the field. A must read."

    Sondra Geller, Jungian Analyst, Art Therapist, Clinician, Lecturer


    "Nora Swan-Foster is a Jungian analyst, talented writer and a thoughtful clinician who has produced an excellent book summarizing analytical psychology as it relates to art therapy. This text will be especially helpful to new clinicians and students who will find her easy style and clear descriptions of theory well integrated with engaging case studies. This accessible volume will be essential reading in graduate training programs and analytic institutes. I will recommend it highly to my students." 
    Linda Carter, MSN, CS, Jungian Analyst, Chair Art and Psyche Working Group, Past US Editor for Journal of Analytical Psychology.