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Dr Wilna van der Walt Psychotherapy Practice

Wilna van der Walt is a registered medical practitioner with a lifelong interest in depth psychology from a Jungian perspective.

MB ChB (UFS) Pr nr 0681652

Contact telephone number 022 492 2069

Address 41 Fontein street, Darling, South Africa

Introduction

Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p 340:

The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.

Wilna van der Walt is a registered medical practitioner with a lifelong interest in depth psychology from a Jungian perspective.

Underneath the flux of everyday life lies the seed of one’s personality. As in the acorn, the complete oak tree is potentially there,  and it wishes to fulfill the manifestation of its own truth (see The world within – CG Jung in his own words). Its whole life is the story of this process of becoming. If one is able to connect to the deeper story of one’s life, it gives one a sense of meaning and purpose beyond the mere intellectual understanding of one’s everyday world.

The journey of self-discovery gradually opens up the pattern of one’s deep life. Together with the therapist or counsellor one undertakes this search for truth and connectedness. The connection to one’s deep life grows slowly, like a tree, for only swamp plants shoot up overnight.

Jungian depth psychology takes special note of dreams and their messages and aims at restoring the connection to one’s deep symbolical life. Another way of assisting dream work and of entering the dusk space of dreams and finding one’s own symbolical language, is by way of creative play. Jung called this ‘active imagination’.

Often, a person finds himself unwillingly on the chair of the psychologist or counsellor, there because life brought about some impossible crisis. Mostly this is viewed as weakness, although it takes really a lot of effort and courage to confront one’s own depths. What is not generally known is that a crisis may be utilised as potential growth and expansion of one’s personality.

Who was Carl Jung?

Image result for CG JungThe Swiss psychiatrist, CG Jung (1875 – 1961), was the founder of analytical psychology and is known for his exploration and description of processes of the unconscious and archetypal phenomena.

The goal of Jungian analysis is to bring conscious and unconscous aspects of the personality in better relationship to each other. The analyst and analisand or patient work together to increase the analisand’s consciousness, and to bring about balance and meaningful understanding which alleviate suffering.

In CG Jung speaking: interviews and encounters edited by William McGuire and RFC Hull, Jung says:

Together the patient and I address ourselves to the 2,000,000 year old man that is in all of us. In the last analysis, most of our difficulties come from losing contact with our instincts, with the age-old forgotten wisdom stored up in us.

Visit the website of SAAJA for more information about CG Jung.

Mythological themes

We explore our own stories, which our feet wrote in the soil of our lives through the many choices we make or do not make.

One way of engaging with the deeper layers of one’s personality is through creativity.

In this image, the young woman is born from the tree of becoming conscious, for by hearing one’s own story, knowing and accepting oneself and one’s own limits, one enters life as a better adapted individual.

She is Persephone who is abducted into the underworld, and her mother Demeter is searching, searching. All life is suffering, for nothing is growing and the earth is bare and barren. Dark depression feels exactly like this. But as in the ancient story with its wisdom, one may learn how to restore the lost connection to one’s own roots.

A tree must have roots. The tree is a rich and old symbol, spawned by taking on one’s life. It is grounded by its roots in one’s earthly life, while reaching for the sky, one’s higher values.

The Mulberry Woman  has green hair; her thoughts are greening, causing growth, and the mulberry fruit is her developing ability to love.

 

Publications


The Old Woman and the Moon is a valuable documentation of a transformation process, and as such it offers a solid contribution to the field of Analytical Psychology.

~ Fred Borchardt, Jungian analyst, Cape Town        


Die Zebravis, ‘n poëtiese binnereis, is die verhaal van my stryd om betekenis te vind in ‘n gebroke, mitelose samelewing en het manifesteer oor ‘n periode van 15 jaar. 

Teen 2000 het ek begin om dieselfde beelde wat ek geskilder het, te ontwikkel en versterk met behulp van poësie. Algaande het dit egter ‘n eie koers gekies.

 

 

For more information, please visit my creative website at www.wilnavanderwalt.co.za