26th NOVEMBER 2011
TAROT AS A PROJECTION TECHNIQUE IN THERAPY
The goal is to integrate tarot with psychology in order to develop a new form of psychotherapy that is solidly based on the insights about us that tarot can offer. At its best, tarot psychotherapy will place one's personal therapy in the larger context of one's spiritual evolution. Tarot images are powerful symbolic tools that bring insight to our inner self. It is an ideal projective technique. E.Greenberg
Tarot cards are used in therapy as a projective technique and not as divination. One of the major benefits of illustrating one's life issues with projective techniques is that it decreases the sense of shame that many people feel about their perceived personality "flaws." The underlying assumption of Tarot Psychology is that everyone is struggling with the issues of life and that everyone is equal in this respect. In addition, because different sets of cards have different issues and personality styles associated with them, any system of Tarot Psychotherapy that evolves out of Tarot Psychology automatically recognises that different people need different approaches.
Elinor Greenberg a gestalt therapist and is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Dr. Greenberg is an internationally known Gestalt Therapist and is certified in the Masterson Approach to the Psychodynamic Treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Disorders; Ericksonian Hypnoptherapy; and Group Therapy. She has developed a method of practice using what she describes as the“birth card approach“ She states: “If my client expresses an interest, I go on to calculate his or her Birth Cards by adding the month, day, century and year of their birth together. In most cases the total can then be reduced to only two major arcana numbers which then become the Birth Cards“(Tarot Psychotherapy with Birth Cards)
What is projection work?
Projection is a term used to describe a process whereby parts of the ego are thought of as forced into another person who is then expected to become identified with whatever has been projected
The projector 'strives to find in the other, or to induce the other to become what is unconscious in the person projecting.
Objectives of this workshop: To use the Tarot cards as projection of the ego-self and determine how we can bring ton the conscious awareness the material hidden in the unconscious for therapeutic work.
This workshop is specially useful for professionals who work with children, adolescents and adults who need more that the usual dialogue method of therapy.
The client may choose two major arcana cards that represent the kind of personal growth issues that they will be dealing with over and over again during this life-time. We make it clear that there is no logical scientific reason of why this Tarot cards selected, however we have found that these cards are very useful none-the-less to begin the therapy process. The essence of Tarot symbolism is found in the principle of collective unconscious.
Collective unconscious is a term of analytical psychology, coined by Carl Jung. It is proposed to be a part of the unconscious mind, expressed in humanity and all life forms with nervous systems, and describes how the structure of the psyche autonomously organises experience. Jung distinguished the collective unconscious from the personal unconscious, in that the personal unconscious is a personal reservoir of experience unique to each individual, while the collective unconscious collects and organises those personal experiences in a similar way with each member of a particular species.
The Tarot cards are useful in the therapy moments when the client requires to connect deeply with the images that represent the collective unconscious of all humanity. They also represent major archetypes first described by Jung: archetypes are innate universal psychic dispositions that form the substrate from which the basic symbols or representations of unconscious experience emerge. According to Jung there are four universal archetypes: Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, and Trickster, Devil etc.
Determining the date of birth numbers and how the Tarot illustrates the issues that are present in the here and now. The important practice is to empower the client to develop his or her own tools of awareness, choice and action. The therapist is not making any divination but supporting the process of healing.
A variety of Tarot cards will be available for examination and practical work. Any additional materials needed will be available.