Friday 12th June, 2020
Kirstin Robertson-Gillam, PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA:
"A Jungian Approach to Therapy using Music and Creative Arts"
Reflections and discussions will focus on ideas expressed
in Joel Kroeker’s book “Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings”.
Kirstin will discuss Kroeker’s six principles of:
1. Perception: A creative act of perceiving sound. On the level of perception, music is relative, not absolute.
2. Loosening attachment to mastery and liberating expression. Participating in analytic music psychotherapy does not depend on the
patient having musical skill or previous musical background. There is no right/wrong way of music expression.
A music-centred analyst can help the patient enter the process more fully through creating a non-judgemental expressive temenos
such that unconscious content can emerge without unnecessary hindrance.
3. Improvisation; Improvisation is the inner state manifested in outer form; “music is metaphor in motion”.
The expression of spontaneous composition can be a means for unconscious contents to be communicated,
which are currently beyond the reach of words.
4. Sound; Is an image between sound perception and mental imagination regarding affect,
somatic response and chains of echoic association.
Sound is an “auditory image, a psychological expression of the totality of the self” as auditory mandalas. (Jung, 1972: 20).
5. Active Imagination; Through Musical Images. Jung’s active imagination process helps us to assimilate unconscious contents
verbally and visually but also musically via musical dialogues in improvisation.
6. Holding irrelevant aspects in a constellation that can lead to consilience; Consilience is Latin for “to leap together”
and this experience in music can hold seemingly irrelevant aspects , held in an energized constellation,
suddenly jump in a reconciling transcendent third (chord) which often appears as a way forward from a perceived impossible situation.
The necessary capacity for this leaping together is the increased tolerance of dissonance, which is linked to Jung’s (1968) notion
of holding the tension of opposites.
Robertson-Gillam’s six principles of Creative Music Psychotherapy are under the acronym C.R.E.A.T.E.
and are aimed at improving mental, spiritual and physical health and increasing brain itegration:
1. C=Cognitions; involves practising mindfulness techniques.
2. R = Relaxation; involves learning the stress response, basic relaxation methods and imagery and visualisation techniques
to access the creative brain.
3. E= Effort – which involves learning focused attention and commitment to the whole process.
4. A = Awareness – learning to build awareness of how we as individuals operate upon the our world and self-awareness
of how we operate within our world. Increased awareness helps us to understand ourselves and the world we live in better
so that we can minimise problems as they present and build coping strategies and resilience.
5. T = Talk it, sing it, draw it, tame it, combining exchanging and expressing ideas, expressing these ideas through music, song,
improvisation, dance and art. One idea can have many forms of expression. As we learn to express our inner needs,
we learn to understand ourselves and others and how we all also operate in the world, building compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.
6. E = Energy flow from negative to positive. We can be challenged with many of life’s curveballs which can give us
negative stress responses. By understanding how energy flows between ourselves, others and our environment,
we learn to control our energy and build motivation, purpose and happiness. Mindell (1993) said that ‘happiness happens’
when we how our actions, deeds and perceptions that make us happy. We can become inspired to embark on important projects
and forms of service that serve others as well as ourselves.
Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice
specialising in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling.
She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts,
music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.
Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England.
She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused
on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression
in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.
You can contact Kirstin directly:
P: (0409) 533 466
While prevented fom meeting face-to-face at Lyneham, we are meeting on-line via Zoom.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing by 10pm.
Cost: Jung Society members free, All guests $10 (plus booking fee).
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