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I was drawn to working with Erica because of the depth of her experience in three areas that matter the most to me: working with the body, spirituality, and Jungian dream work. I find her way of working elegantly simple, and yet profound. I especially appreciate Erica's unwavering confidence in the healing process, her presence, and her ability to "track" and reflect back what is happening in each session.
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Enlightenment does not come imagining figures of light, but from making the darkness conscious. C.G. Jung
 
 
The dream is a hidden little door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which (is) psyche… C.G. Jung (CW10, para. 304)
 
 
My work with Erica helped me through my PTSD from a very chaotic, explosive, and neglectful childhood home. I was having experiences of high anxiety. I felt frantic -- not knowing how to soothe myself. My deep, gentle work with Erica allowed me to explore my dreams, symbolic images, and my body experiences, as a way to 'come back inside myself.' From this true place, I continue to find a gentle, strong, authentic voice -- my own. Client
 
 
The body is merely the visibility of the soul, the psyche; and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So it is really one and the same thing.
C.G. Jung (CW10, p. 355)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

My Approach to Analysis
Every client that comes to me is unique. As a Jungian analyst, I am grateful to the unconscious for its guidance into each individual process. If we listen carefully to the present moment, our projections onto others, our undiscovered gifts, our inner child, our dreams, our somatic experience/sensory awareness, and synchronistic events, healing becomes clear. Whether we are guided to the inner child or to pay attention to our spiritual path, the inner teacher is present. My approach is to honor the unconscious as it appears through the client, myself, and the interactive field. home

About Me
I am a M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) with over thirty year of clinical experience. I do individual, couple, and group work. While I have a deep and varied clinical background, I am less interested in diagnosis and more interested in what a dream, emotional or physical symptom, and the inner imaginal realm are trying to express. Anxiety, depression, anger, compulsion, illness, PTSD, etc. are the body/psyche's way of drawing our awareness to where we need to grow. My training and personal experience with verbal and nonverbal/somatic processes enable me to access the dynamic flow between the conscious and unconscious. In this dialogue I search for the client's true nature. It is our truth that heals and sets us free. home

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1963)
Carl Jung was one of the early pioneers in psychology who was interested in dreams as guidance, gaining psychological insight from a conscious dialogue with the personal and collective unconscious (Active Imagination), and the importance of the spiritual/archetypal realms of the psyche. Early in his career he chose to journey into his own unconscious as is chronicled in The Red Book (published 2009). His dark night of the soul taught him how to work with the inner world. "It all began then; the later details are only supplements and clarifications of the material… It was the prima materia for a lifetime's work."(Memories, Dreams, Reflections), Jung believed that transformation only occurs when there is an experience that connects body, mind, and soul.
He gave us concepts like shadow, persona, projection, Self, introvert/extravert, wholeness, persona, archetype, synchronicity, complex. home

Teacher/Lecturer/Workshop Facilitator
I have taught and supervised on the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels since the 1980s and am presently a training analyst with the Jung Institute of Boston where I sit on the Training Board. My goal as a instructor and facilitator is to create a Socratic dialogue between the audience (professionals and students), myself, and the material being presented. I draw on clinical examples, film clips, art, and other materials to bring the material alive. For experiential workshops, I use active imagination, the dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious. In workshops and training I maintain a relational and protected container for the unconscious to speak through dreams or active imagination in movement, art, and writing, honoring the individual's story and process.
Examples of past presentations and course titles:
Jungian Concepts
Dreams: Inner Teaching Stories
Jung, Spirituality, and the Body
Nonverbal Communication and the Interactive Space in Analysis - The Body in Analysis
Active Imagination Through Movement, Writing and Drawing
Body as Shadow
Healing Trauma Through the Imaginal Realm
Jung's Collected Works including The Visions Seminar, Nietzsche's Zarathustra Seminar, and The Red Book
Women's Dionysian Initiation Mysteries in Pompeii
Symbolic Analysis of Various Films
Redemption of the Feminine Erotic Soul
Introduction to Alchemical Symbolism
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Client Sessions
I have an office in Northampton, Massachusetts.
For appointments, fees (I do not take insurance but have a sliding scale), and other information please contact Erica. home

 

Contact
Erica Lorentz
713 295-1966
erlorentz@gmail.com

 

 

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