Homeopathy and Jungian Work: Including Homeopathic Medicines in the Psychotherapy Process For the Benefit of Our Patients
Anita Josefa Barzman, M.D.
Saturday, January 26
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
At the Institute
4 Continuing Education Credits for MD, PhD, MFT, LCSW, & RN
CCH Credits are also available for this course through the Council for Homeopathic Certification.
Homeopathy is a medical art that is remarkably well suited for adjunctive use with depth psychotherapy. Homeopathic remedies can penetrate into the psyche and catalyze change on the level of the psychoid, affecting mind, body, and spirit, with a capacity to gently promote deep healing that is categorically different from what we can expect from conventional psychotropic medications.
The notion of the psychoid is one of Jung’s innumerable contributions to our understanding of human experience. The domain of the psychoid is the imponderable dimension of our experience where material and non- material reality, matter and spirit, interpenetrate and intertwine, where the archetypes reside, from which the complexes arise, and where the sequelae of trauma are woven into our psyches to lodge and persist. It is on this level of the organism that changes must occur for deep healing to unfold, and it is on this level that homeopathic remedies effect transformation in the organism.
Homeopathy’s fundamental philosophy is deeply resonant with and supportive of core Jungian ideas, including the appreciation for the nonmaterial reality of the psyche; the deep interconnectedness among mind, body, and spirit; symbolic dimensions of experience; and the fundamental potential for wholeness within the individual. Homeopathy strongly and gently supports the inner process of change on which our patients embark in psychotherapy, as well having the capacity to bring genuine healing to deep and severe suffering and symptoms. Prescriptions are made based on a nuanced understanding of the totality of a person’s experience, rather than considering individuals as an array of symptoms.
There are a number of circumstances in the course of depth psychotherapy when collaborating with a homeopath could be of benefit to our patients. These include situations which would indubitably call for referral to a psychiatrist (such as severe anxiety, depression, or psychosis), situations where patients are struggling with long-lived suffering that would not be readily amenable to conventional psychiatric interventions (such as spiritual or existential suffering, addictions, long-term sequelae of trauma), and for individuals who prefer not to use standard psychotropic medications. Patients can derive tremendous lifting of severe psychological symptoms from homeopathic treatment instead of, or in addition to, conventional psychiatric treatment.
This clinically-oriented workshop will offer licensed psychotherapists guidelines and a conceptual framework for understanding the clinical utility and benefit of collaborating with a homeopath, as well as consideration of how to introduce the idea of such a referral with patients. Possible simultaneous use of homeopathic and conventional medications will also be considered. Homeopathic philosophy, and its similarity with Jungian work, will be explored, as well as the range of clinical conditions and psychological situations that can be helped with homeopathy. Clinical material will be shared to illustrate the benefits of collaborating with a homeopath during psychotherapy, including the on-going sorts of changes and effects that psychotherapists can expect to see in their work with their patients (both within the patient and also in the relational field of the psychotherapy).
Readings will be sent to participants in advance of this workshop.
Anita Josefa Barzman, M.D., is an Analyst member of the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California in San Francisco, California. A Board-Certified Psychiatrist, she undertook the formal study of homeopathy during her analytic training, drawn to the deep healing potential of this modality, as well as to its strong resonances with Analytical Psychology. She holds a Practitioners Diploma in Homeopathy [PDHom(UK)]. She has used homeopathy extensively in her analytic practice for over thirteen years, collaborates with other analysts and therapists in a combined treatment framework utilizing homeopathy and psychiatry, and writes and teaches on this subject locally and internationally. She practices in San Francisco and in Mountain View, California. www.anitajbarzmanmd.com
The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.