Analytical psychology, or Jungian analysis as it is more commonly known in North America, was founded by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist (1875 – 1961). Though there are today several branches of Jungian thought, two major contributions of Jung to the world of depth psychology are recognized by all as fundamental:
In light of this, we can say that Jungian analysis is both a therapeutic process as well as a process of exploration of one’s inner world. A Jungian approach favors neither the conscious and nor the unconscious but seeks rather to establish a dialogue between the two. Based on an understanding of symbols, this process fosters reconciliation with oneself and the outer world and can help connect one to a deeper sense of meaning. In short, Jungian analysis is but one tool in the individuation process.