The Meaning and Value of Suffering in Jung’s Psychology

The Meaning and Value of Suffering in Jung’s Psychology

Presented by Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT, and Maria Ellen Chiaia, PhD, LMFT

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

C. G. Jung pioneered new and important ideas for the therapeutic treatment of psychological and spiritual suffering. Counter to the cultural belief that suffering is a bad thing to be eliminated or transcended as quickly as possible, he believed neurotic defenses develop when the soul has not discovered the authentic feelings and deeper meanings of her suffering. For suffering without meaning is very hard to bear, yet it is also often astounding to see how much a person can endure when he or she understands the why and wherefore of that suffering. In fact, directly encountering and embracing our suffering may lead to important personal and spiritual realizations.  

In this workshop, Drs. Maria Ellen Chiaia and Bryan Wittine, two certified Jungian analysts practicing in Marin County, will explore depth psychotherapy that encourages patients to find greater wisdom and maturity by authentically experiencing their sorrows and dark nights of the soul. They will integrate readings from Jung and Jungian analysts with ample clinical material to illustrate how our patients can be helped by connecting with a wisdom greater than their own. As they will suggest, under some conditions suffering can be harmful to the development of the personality,but under other conditions we can grow and even find fulfillment when we cope with life’s tragedies and contemplate their deeper meanings. 

Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT,is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Marin County.  He is cofounder and former chair of the graduate program in transpersonal counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University where he also served as Associate Dean of the former Graduate School of Consciousness Studies.  He has served on the adjunct faculty at CIIS, ITP, and other graduate schools.  Having trained in Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy, his long-standing practice of contemplative spirituality and studies in psychoanalytic psychology brought him to train at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where he now regularly teaches on such topics as deepening clinical work; depth psychotherapy and spiritual inquiry; and the integration of Jungian and transpersonal psychology.  

Maria Ellen Chiaia, PhD, LMFT,ISST,is a child and adult Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Berkeley and Marin County, California. She is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a Teaching Member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She teaches and consults at the San Francisco Jung Institute, various other institutes, nationally, and internationally, and has authored many articles and book chapters. She coauthored Sandplay in Three Voices: Images, Relationship, the Numinous, published by Routledge in 2005. The focus of her work revolves around the relational field, the experience of nonverbal states, the imagination, and finding meaning and spirit in our journey as humans. 


CIP Group Room
1330 Lincoln Ave # 201
San Rafael, CA 94901 


Non Members: 
$75 early registration up to 10 days prior to class, $85 after

CIP Members: 
$50 early registration up to 10 days prior to class, $60 after 

CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, and Psychologists. 

Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days prior to the seminar or class for a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.



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