Here are the areas in which I have developed a specialty over the years
Depth Psychology and Dream Work
My specialty is based in depth psychology of which Jungian psychology forms a part. This perspective looks at problems and disturbances as expressions of the psyche in its movement toward healing and the fulfillment of its potential. You will find this therapy both deep and very practical and effective in dealing with your pain, struggles and challenges. Working with dreams is the oldest healing tradition in the world, and finds a resurgence these days as neuroscience has proven that it triggers the inner healing response. I have close to 20 years of training in depth, Jungian psychology and working with dreaming.
Adolescents and their Families
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have had an extensive education in family systems. This is combined with practical experience through working with clinically complex teenagers and their families, as I did intensively for four years at a residential clinic. On a regular basis am I involved in talks, and workshops with parents and adolescents at several local high schools here in Salt Lake City. I help adolescents to acquire practical (DBT) life skills, I help adolescents find their genius, those places where they can flourish I then also teach parents mentoring and parenting approaches. This helps to clarify roles and frees parents up from what can be an overwhelming sense of having to be all things and gives them practical directions to be a supportive parent.
As a licensed Marriage and Family therapist I work with couples exploring the relationship dynamics from a Jungian perspective and I use the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work. We explore the projections in the relationship, the unconscious dynamics, and the phase of the relationship. Plus we explore how to bridge the couple’s chasm, from differences such as communication, sexuality, money, etc. I provide many practical research based tools to help the couple.
Jungian Addiction Recovery Group
Every Monday our recovery group comes together to work on sobriety and recovery from addictions. This group works from a Jungian perspective. Jung’s psychology forms a cornerstone of Alcoholic Anonymous and can provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics and the complications of an addiction and how to live a fulfilling sober life. I have worked several years at addiction treatment clinics and continue to train therapist at clinics all over the United States on how to work with addictions. I have developed an expertise in working with ‘using dreams’ in recovery. I am also an advisor to Neumont University on dealing with the gaming use and addictions. I have been working with and lecturing on one of the biggest current addictions, the addiction to Internet Porn. You can read one of my articles here.
Machiel Klerk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has studied close to 20 years Jungian Psychology. He followed a course at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and has a Master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Plus he has finished an additional 3 year training in depth psychology and dreamwork. Machiel has published articles, gives workshops and lectures in Europe and North America. Machiel is also the founding president of the Jung Society of Utah and of the worldwide recognized premier online educational depth psychology organization - Jung Platform