What is Archetypal Integration?

And where does it come from?

In 1919, Jung first used the term archetype to describe “potential universal patterns and primordial images" of psychic energy that govern "all psychological experience" (Samuels et al., 2012, p. 3; Jung 1956). In simpler terms, archetypes are personified patterns or motifs that are familiar to, and resonate with, the human unconscious and conscious mind. The terms "Victim," "Helper," "Addict," and "Wounded Healer" are all archetypes. You hear the word and an image associated with that word immediately comes to mind.


Archetypal Integration is the Third Realm therapeutic approach that helps bring the unconscious elements of our psyche into conscious awareness by exploring the archetypes, or unconscious patterns, that are most active in our daily life. I use both traditional archetypes and cosmological archetypes (i.e., astrology) in the integration work which can be adjusted depending on a client's preferences. Archetypes can also be explored through dream content, in film or myths, and with psychedelic therapy.

I invite you to take a step forward into your archetypal journey! Today may be the first day of the rest of your life...