The New School for Analytical Psychology
The New School for Analytical Psychology in Seattle is a consortium of clinician-scholars. We value the New, with an approach to knowledge that emphasizes our embeddedness in a contemporary cultural context. An ethical obligation to the ‘other’ is a prime concern. Our School of Analytical Psychology honors the ancient, the modern, and the post-modern, embracing education as a never-ending dialogical process that does not hold fast to a single theory or ideology. Analytical psychology emphasizes our origins in the world of clinical analysis.
An ethos increasingly shared by many clinicians questions traditional assumptions about the analytic process. At the New School for Analytical Psychology, we want to explore such questions as:
- To what degree can we ‘know’ the mystery of the ‘other’ whom we encounter – face to face?
- How does our historical, political and cultural context affect the suffering of our patients and our world, and how do we include this in the analytic process?
- How can we honor uncertainty and mystery, while responsibly sharing our knowledge and ourselves?
- Amidst the terrible suffering that we often witness, how can we maintain empathic attunement to self as well as ‘other’?
We value a broad understanding of self and world, but also view the therapeutic encounter as a mysterious meeting, where a transformative spirit of life may emerge within the gaps in our knowing. This attitude counters the traditional view of the analyst as ‘the one who knows,’ the one who fills voids in the therapeutic process with his or her own version of meaning. Our approach eschews therapeutic actions that ‘appropriate’ the uniqueness of the other. We regard analysis as a dialogical process from which ‘goals’ emerge in their uniqueness, often as surprises—not something an ‘authority’ could know beforehand.
A well-worn pair of shoes that speaks to the difficult path we all walk in life. The image of ‘The Wanderer’ is grand, spiritual, mysterious. Van Gough’s ‘A Pair of Shoes’ is simple, down to earth, particular.