Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation

Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Psychotherapy

Coming soon to John F. Kennedy University Berkeley Campus in June 2016

A course designed to illuminate the connections between fairy tales and psychological growth

Bringing the Magic of Stories to Psychotherapy

Fairy Tales- Pathways To Transformation imageThe major contributors to the development of Psychotherapy-Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Otto Rank, and others looked to fairy tales and myths to understand the working of the psyche. Classic stories still yield new insights and clinical directions for contemporary therapists. Narratives are important in our lives. We gain a sense of ourselves through telling stories about ourselves to others. Identities form by integrating our personal histories with the legends and myths of our cultures. Sometimes individuals get stuck in sad, rigid and competitive stories. Their tales may then become the subject of the therapy hour. Illuminating fairy tale patterns often reveals pathways to happier endings.

The hero or heroine leaves home on a journey or a quest. She overcomes dark forces through courageous action. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. They typically return with a gift to society. As models and guides, they encourage us to do the same. We will examine and apply the dynamics and changes processes for expanding personal and social development. During our times of rapid planetary, economic, and cultural upheaval, a study of heroic action has special meaning.

The applications for psychotherapy will be delineated: Fairy tales enable clinicians to instill hope, offer compassion focus, use underlying patterns to guide healing, and expand upon the symbolic imagery that transforms suffering into creative action. By examining them through family systems, psychoanalytic, cognitive, and […]