Dr Wilna van der Walt Psychotherapy Practice

Medical Practitioner and Creative Facillitator

MB ChB (UFS) Pr nr 0681652

Address Darling, South Africa (Relocating to Muizenberg soon)

Hi, I am a registered medical doctor, and practice within the field of psychotherapy.

Creative work can support one’s inner work and be very beneficial. When I speak about creative work, I am not referring to art or art therapy. You also do not need previous artistic experience or training of any kind. To incorporate creative work into your inner journey, or not, remains your own choice.

Jung, in The Aims of Psychotherapy:

A patient needs only to have seen once or twice how much he is freed from a wretched state of mind by working at a symbolical picture, and he will always turn to this means of release whenever things go badly with him.” (Chodorow, 1997, p. 93)

About psychology

Psychology and Creativity

A crisis may bring about inner growth, enabling one to acquire a more objective perspective on life’s difficulties and to engage more effectively with the problem at hand. This is a personal journey.

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

Creativity and the Inner Other

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 understanding one’s own symbolical language, is to develop a conscious relationship to creative work.

Creative work can be an indispensable tool in the process of individuation, assisting the therapeutic relationship.

The creative process, the act of creative expression, starts with creative play and fantasy, our imagination. My approach is based on my own experience with creative play and the unfolding of the creative process in my own life.  Jung’s work on active imagination resonates with my own work.

Creativity is the life-force itself, and the whole process of individuation is aimed at the restoration of the relationship to that central creative force at the core of one’s being.

The work that we do in the analytical relationship aims at freeing trapped energy. Developing a conscious relationship to one’s creative work does not mean analysing it intellectually, but learning to relate to the world of images in a meaningful way. A conscious relationship with creative work has the ability to nourish, support and contain the personality.

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.

Who was Carl Jung?

The 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.

Jung found that the unconscious spoke to us in our dreams by way of symbols. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, he felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. (Blurp from Man and His Symbols)

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.

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Jung quotes

Psychology and Alchemy (Par. 325-6):

The centre acts like a magnet on the disparate materials and processes of the unconscious and gradually captures them as a crystal in a lattice.

If the process is allowed to take its course, then the central symbol, constantly renewing itself, will steadily and consistently force its way through the apparent chaos of the personal psyche.

Indeed, it seems as if the personal entanglements and dramatic changes of fortune that make up the intensity of life, were nothing but hesitations.

Often one has the impression that the personal psyche is running round this central point like a shy animal, at once fascinated and frightened, always in flight, and yet steadily drawing nearer.