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Jungian Analysis (also known as Jungian Psychoanalytic Therapy) 

Nicholas Toko

Mobile: 07447 955399

I am a Jungian Analyst-in-training in private practice based in London. I provide Jungian therapy, also known as Jungian Analysis, or Jungian Psychoanalytic Therapy, to people whether children, young people or adults from all walks of life. A Jungian Analyst is a therapist who works with people on a wide range of emotional issues which are negatively affecting a person's mental health, health and wellbeing, or psychological functioning and there is an impact on their personal or professional/work life.

What is Jungian Analysis?

It is difficult to overcome the experience of emotional pain and suffering, to feel like life has no meaning or purpose, to feel helpless, to face hurdles and adversity in your ambitions, goals, aspirations and in relationships with others or be unable to express how you are feeling. Talking to a therapist can bring relief, however, to find a way to access your own inner resources, to find your own inner strength can be a life changing experience, which brings relief, free from distress or nagging thoughts, at peace with yourself and others, resilient and a reconnection with yourself.

Jungian Analysis is a talk therapy which brings the unconscious mind into conscious awareness as part of the treatment of a person's emotional issues. Psychoanalytic therapy offers you an opportunity to talk through worries, concerns, difficulties or needs in a secure, confidential setting. The goal of analysis is to regain a sense of well-being by bringing together the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind.

Jungian Analysis helps to alleviate emotional suffering and supports you to better cope with life's ups and downs. It is directed toward an exploration of your unconscious in order to alleviate emotional or psychological suffering felt to be no longer tolerable because of it's interferences with living. The goal of Jungian Analysis is a movement towards healing or wholeness. This means coming to terms with the unconscious, its specific structures and their dynamic relations to consciousness as these become available during the course of therapy.

Jungian Analysis is beneficial to all people regardless of their upbringing, culture, identity, and personal history. In fact, these factors play an important role in analysis. 

The mental health charity Mind provides a useful explanation of the different talk therapies including psychoanalytic therapy. It also explains what talking therapies are, what happens during therapy, how to get the most from therapy and how to find a therapist.

 

'It is an essential feature of Jungian analysis that in working towards a healthy mind, the unconscious is given a central voice, for example, through the analysis of a person's dreams, fantasies or imagination, personality type, and even drawing, painting, and sandplay'

dream analysis. a person records their dreams and brings them to therapy for interpretation and understanding the meaning within the context from which they have arisen. 

active imagination. a process of 'dreaming with open eyes', which facilitates the engagement of the unconscious into a person's conscious mind. 

drawing, painting, sandplay. other creative ways to facilitate the engagement of the unconscious into the conscious mind, a non verbal, therapeutic process that makes use of a person's drawings, paintings, a sandbox using toy figures, and sometimes water, to create images, pictures or scenes of worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns. 

personality or psychological type. to become aware of one's typical patterns and in others, to better understand the dynamic nature of the human character, and to open oneself up to personal growth. 

What can you expect from Jungian Analysis?

  • privacy and confidentiality.

  • trust and integrity. 

  • professionalism.

  • generally, analysts meet with prospective clients or patients for one or two sessions to determine whether the therapeutic relationship appears to be conducive for productive work.

  • a weekly 50 minute session with the analyst. Jungian analysis requires both commitment and regularity. A minimum requirement is a weekly session.

  • each session is part of an ongoing therapeutic relationship with the analyst. 

  • each session is held in-person at the analyst's practice.

  • an in-depth discussion about what brings you to therapy. 

  • cost of analysis is a fixed-fee per session.  

How does Jungian Analysis help?

We will work together on the problem or issue that you are facing. My approach aims to facilitates a meaningful, conscious, developmental relationship with oneself and with others. Jungian Analysis treats a broad range of symptoms and moods. Anxiety, depression, trauma, developmental issues, personality disorders, past and life circumstances, current difficulties and aspirations, transitioning from current to new life, achieving harmony between internal and external goals, looking for meaning in life. We will work creatively together with all aspects of your psychological and emotional patterns which aims to develop your awareness and bring change as you come to terms with your limits and potential.

My professional accreditation

The practice of Jungian Analysis requires extensive training. To qualify as a Jungian Analyst, the therapist must complete a post-graduate training programme at an institute approved by an accrediting and regulatory organisation. My work as a Jungian Analyst is conducted under the auspices of training at the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich also known as ISAPZurich in Switzerland. This encompasses the requirement to conduct the analysis under the supervision of recognised ISAP supervisors. 

 

ISAPZurich is the non-profit, educational arm of the Association of Graduates in Analytical Psychology Zurich (AGAP), one of the founding member groups of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), the worldwide umbrella group of recognition for Jungian Analysts and Analytical Psychologists. AGAP is a Group Member of, and accredited by, the IAAP as a training group.

 

I also work as a freelance Organizational Effectiveness and HR Consultant. My clients include both private and public organisations and I typically work with business and organizational leaders from C-suite to other senior and mid-level executives.  

I also work in partnerships with mental health service providers in east Africa, specifically, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. I am also open to working with mental health service providers in Washington DC, USA. Get in touch for a discussion. 

Contact me 

Do you have any questions? Are you considering Jungian therapy for yourself? Would you like to have a chat about whether Jungian therapy is right for you? Are you looking for a Jungian therapist? For a free, confidential discussion you can reach me on 07447 955399 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm). I might be unavailable when you call, however, leave a message with your name and number. I will call you back as soon as I can.

Alternatively, you can send me an email: nicholas@nicholastoko.com

 

My practice is based at 27 Delancey Street, London NW1 7RX (Camden Town), 1 Birkenhead Street, London WC1H 8BA (King's Cross) and 45-55 Norvin House, Commercial Street, Shoreditch London, E1 6BD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some common reasons why people come to analysis

Nicholas Toko

anxiety

emotions characterised by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

Anxiety is not the same as fear, but they are often used interchangeably.

Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid - particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future.

 

Anxiety is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

 

Anxiety is considered a future-oriented, long-acting response broadly focused on a diffuse threat, whereas fear is an appropriate, present-oriented, and short-lived response to a clearly identifiable and specific threat.

developmental issues

lack of development in a person's personality or life stages e.g. childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

unconscious fantasies and dreams

seeking to understand the meaning of unconscious dreams and fantasies in the current life situation. 

achieving harmony between internal and external goals

addressing conflict between one's inner and external goals and aspirations. 

bereavement and grief

Bereavement is the experience of losing someone important to us. It's characterised by grief, which is the process and the range of emotions we go through when we experience a loss.

Losing someone important to us can be emotionally devastating – whether it's a partner, family member or friend. Grief can bring up lots of different, complicated emotions, and can sometimes affect our physical health. Our page on experiences of grief describes some common feelings.

Bereavement affects everyone in different ways, and it's possible to experience any range of emotions. You may feel lots of different emotions at the same time, or your feelings may change quickly. Your feelings may also be confusing at times. There's no right or wrong way to feel.

 

Feelings of grief can also happen because of other types of loss or changes in circumstances. For example:

 

  • The end of a relationship

  • The loss of a job

  • Moving away to a new location

  • A decline in the physical or mental health of someone you care about

  • Distressing world events

depression

a negative affective state, ranging from unhappiness and discontent to an extreme feeling of sadness, pessimism, and despondency, that interferes with daily life. Various physical, cognitive, and social changes also tend to co-occur, including altered eating or sleeping habits, lack of energy or motivation, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and withdrawal from social activities.

personality disorders

any of the group of personality disorders involving pervasive patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and the self that interfere with long-term functioning of the individual and are not limited to isolated episodes e.g. borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder.  

current difficulties and aspirations

difficulties in areas of personal growth, work and career, family and relationships. 

seeking meaning in life

life feels meaningless, addressing existential crises. 

trauma

any disturbing experience that results in significant fear, helplessness, dissociation, confusion, or other disruptive feelings intense enough to have a long-lasting negative effect on a person’s attitudes, behaviour, and other aspects of functioning. Traumatic events include those caused by human behaviour (e.g., childhood abuse, rape, war, industrial accidents) as well as by nature (e.g., earthquakes) and often challenge an individual’s view of the world as a just, safe, and predictable place.

past and existing life circumstances

difficulties and challenges in previous or current life situation.

transitioning from current to new life

adapting or adjusting to significant changes in one's life. 

addiction

addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

 

Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and smoking, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:

 

work - some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work.

internet - as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives.


solvents - volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication.

shopping - shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don't need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair

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