Dr Wilna van der Walt Psychotherapy Practice

Medical Practitioner and Creative Facillitator

MB ChB (UFS) Pr nr 0681652

Wilna van der Walt is a registered medical practitioner with a lifelong interest in depth psychology from a Jungian perspective. She is available as creative facilitator for groups and also on an individual basis.

Address Darling, South Africa

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

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

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.

Creativity and the Inner Other

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?

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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.

The goal of Jungian analysis is to bring about an increased understanding of one’s self and an improved adaptation to one’s outside world, by learning to understand something of and relate to deeper aspects of the personality.

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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The old woman and the moon, an inner journey in oil

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

Die Zebravis 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  www.wilnavanderwalt.co.za