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Jungian Art Therapy
Images, Dreams, and Analytical Psychology

ISBN 9781138209541
Published December 19, 2017 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

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


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"



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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.