I have lived in Far North Queensland since 1998, and have been working in allied health fields for almost 40 years. Through my life experience I have developed a deep compassion for the suffering of others. This has led me to undertake my lengthy training.
My training includes Jungian Therapy and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I completed a Master’s Degree in Analytic Psychotherapy in 2002 and was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2013.
In my private practice I see individuals of all ages, as well as couples. I also act as clinical supervisor for other therapists.
I give lectures and conduct workshops regularly throughout Australia, primarily at various universities and Jung Societies. I facilitate a monthly Jung Study Group in Cairns, on the fourth Tuesday of every month. I act as case supervisor for other therapists, especially those wanting a Jungian perspective.
I regularly facilitate workshops, including Dream workshops, which provide both theoretical and experiential interpretation of one’s own dreams. These workshops provide a guide to the inner life and can be life-changing.
I see people who are looking for insights into their personal lives and relationships, as well as work-place and business situations. Often a life crisis prompts the first visit. Consultations are for 50 minutes, and are private and confidential.
Cairns Jung Study Group meeting August 26th 2014
The "coniunctio" - Jung's idea of a union of opposites.
A talk by Dr Kaye Gersch.
The purpose of this talk is to bring the images and language of the alchemists into current understanding of psychology and spirituality. Jung understood that the ancient alchemists were working on the achievement of an inner process, an inner gold. Therefore, the coniunctio is not a physical union but rather a mental, internal state of being, a union of opposites, and in particular, the union of the conscious and unconscious. Jung described “a gradual transformation of the archetype into a psychological process which ... we can call a combination of conscious and unconscious processes" (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 295).
Jung believed that the "conjunction" or union within was essential to being a whole person, and to "individuation."
"Working with Patient's Dreams - a Course for Therapists"
In this 6 week course (2 1/2 hours per week) we explore the time-honoured tradition of dream analysis as a therapeutic tool. Dreams have been called the royal road to the unconscious by Freud. CG Jung travelled down that road and brought back a map of the human psyche.
Regardless of what type of therapy you practice, some patients are going to tell you their dreams. Some therapeutic orientations, including my own, rely on dream interpretation to guide the therapy. Even if your therapeutic work depends on a rational approach, such as CBT, you will find yourself puzzling over dreams brought to you by patients. Children’s dreams turn up in Court reports. Patients offer dreams to their GP’s.
In my experience, dreams brought by patients can be messages for me from the unconscious, guiding the direction of therapy, insisting that I do not collude with the conscious attitude of the patient. This is very helpful information and helps me to tailor the therapeutic work to the patient’s actual current needs, rather that a preconceived plan that I (or the patient) might have. This approach saves time and energy that could be wasted going down unproductive paths. In other words, working with a patient’s dreams amounts to patient-guided therapy. At least some of the time.
Course dates: August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, September 11th and 18th 2014.
Although you have missed out this time, if you would like to participate in a future group please let me know.