Message from the AJA Chair

Liz Grant
Chair of AJA

Welcome to the new website of the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA). I expect you find yourself here for different reasons: perhaps you are interested in Jungian Analytical Psychology and want to know more; maybe you are interested in AJA itself; or maybe you simply stumbled upon the site by accident However you got here, have a look round enjoy the images and words which accompany them; let them tell you who we are.

AJA’s beginnings.
AJA came into being in 1977. Gerhard Adler, who had worked closely with Jung, was inspired to create a training where symbolic and spiritual aspects of analytical psychology had their place alongside developmental issues. He and his wife Hella, together with a small group of analysts, left the London Jungian Association they were part of and began a new training. At this time training took place in private homes; the new group was essentially ‘homeless’ until in 1984, when we took up residence in an apartment in North London. Looking back on this moment in time, we can understand the separation as resembling the moment in everyone’s life when we leave home to create our own way in life.

AJA grew slowly: beginning with a small group we have grown over fifty members plus a strong group of candidates. Initially largely London based, now over half of our membership comes from different parts of the UK and elsewhere.

What is our purpose? What are we here for?
AJA has provided training for potential analysts right from the beginning of our existence. True to our origins, we seek to hold a centre place between developmental, classical, and archetypal thinking. This can be seen in our training syllabus as well as in the choice of external seminar leaders who are invited to teach. Holding the middle ground is not always a comfortable place to be and at times it can feel more like holding extremes together; And it is also a creative place where new thoughts and ideas can emerge.

An important feature of our training is expressed in its title, Jungian Analytical Training for Qualified Psychotherapists (JATQP). Our candidates are all qualified psychotherapists, and they bring with them their experience of working with a variety of people. Monthly weekend seminars enable candidates to continue their own practice during the week. The aim is not a ‘conversion’ that turns its back on what has already been learnt but rather an energetic integration of previous experience with the concepts and theoretical base of Analytical psychology as expounded by Carl Jung. More details of the training can be found in another section of the website.

Our new premises in Camden allows us to offer seminars, workshops for members of AJA as well as to the public – there is an increased interest in Jung and Jungian concepts at the present time. These events are advertised in the events section of this website. The majority are in hybrid form – participants can come in person or join us online. One of the fruits of lockdown has been the discovery of new means of communication through Zoom and other similar programmes.

We are also active members of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). This challenges us who look outside of the walls of our premises. Many of our number have been involved in trainings in countries where initially there were few Jungians. This has had an impact on us as a group and increased our awareness of different realities to our own. It is stimulating to see the spread on analytical psychology in so many parts of the world.

Opening and Changing
We are launching our new website during a time that is challenging and uncertain– globally we are experiencing tremendous flux and turmoil. The tragic war in Ukraine; the devastating effect of climate change, the migration of peoples in search of a safe place in which to live; a general disillusionment with the political world. How can we not be affected by this? The despair and anxiety that many people are experiencing is to be heard in all our consulting rooms.

One of Jung’s most well-known quotes is ‘Who looks inside dreams, who looks outside awakes.’ Looking inside using our different personal functions cannot be separated from the context in which we live. Jung shows us the interrelated nature of inner and outer worlds.

If you want to know more about us you can contact us.

Liz Grant
Chair of the Association of Jungian Analysts

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