Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Film and the Unconscious

Linda Schierse Leonard, Jungian Analyst


The Workshop: Like dreams, myths and fairy tales, film is an expressive medium that reveals the deep archetypal patterns of the unconscious. When we go to the movies, we sit together in the dark and engage with the emotions and psyches of the imaginary characters before us. We laugh together, cry together and come to discover a lot about ourselves and others. In the workshop, Linda will use film clips and a complete film to take us on a journey in which she will show us how to feel the moods, explore the images and listen to the language of the unconscious. Characters and stories in films often lead people to explore their own inner struggles and point to core complexes that need to be elaborated.

Therapists may be particularly interested in this workshop as an entre into the unconscious of their clients. Clients often bring films into therapy. The workshop will give us greater facility in working with them to open the way to change in a manner similar to work with dreams.

Creative artists may find the workshop helpful in their exploration of film and its relationship to archetypal patterns leading to creative breakthroughs. Using film as a language of the unconscious, Linda will explore the mysterious experience of creativity through the deep emotional truths and paradoxes that films present to us.

The Workshop Leader: Linda Schierse Leonard, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst trained in Zurich. She is an internationally renowned author, lecturer and workshop presenter. Linda is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and a faculty member and training analyst for the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado. Her best-selling book, The Wounded Woman, has been translated into 15 languages and continues to influence people around the world. She has written five other popular books on Jungian topics, including On the Way to the Wedding, Following the Reindeer Woman: Path of Peace and Harmony, Meeting the Madwoman, The Call to Create, and Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction. Linda is in private practice in Boulder and Aspen and is available for phone consultation as well as face-to-face therapy. She conducts workshops for us on creativity, film as an adjunct to therapy, addictions, and aging. Her workshops are open to the general public. Linda is especially interested in working with writers and artists on creativity issues and with dreams.

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