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Dr John Merchant

Address: Unit 22, 155 Missenden Rd, Newtown, NSW, 2042
Phone number: (02) 9550....
Mobile number: 0419 23....
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Dr John Merchant specialises in long-term psychotherapy (Jungian Analysis) which is a particular type of individual psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client explore together the client's current experiences, the previous emotional wounds they have suffered and their past memories. It is not about 'giving advice' but focuses on where the distress has come from by starting with the question - 'why is it like this for me?' as a way of getting to - 'what can I do about it?' This approach can deal with a broad range of problems often experienced as ongoing sadness (like depression), fears, relationship problems as well as confronting those hurdles which interfere with an unfolding life direction. Sometimes we can find ourselves in situations in life (including relationships) that feel like a repeat. By becoming progressively aware of the internal things which drive us, our range of choice is expanded, our emotions and thoughts can come into balance and a deeper meaning to life can emerge. Because of its exploratory nature, Jungian analysis tends to be a longer form of psychotherapy. It is not a 'quick fix' but rather gets at deeper causes so that lasting change can be achieved. Without this, problems only reappear in other ways. Jungian analysis also emphasises the unique individuality of each person so that it can incorporate other forms of personal and creative expression like artwork as well as a client's dream material. All of this requires a strong working alliance between the therapist and the client. Privacy and confidentiality is strictly maintained.
John Merchant also works as a trainer and consultant on such topics as Conflict Resolution; Student Welfare Programs; Human Resource Management and utilising archetype theory in market research and organisational settings. He has run a number of courses on Jungian Psychology through the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney like 'Jung and Dreams' and 'Carl Jung: His life and work' as well as Coordinating the Centre's University Preparation course in Psychology.
John's career began in welfare work running residential programs for troubled youth with drug and alcohol problems. On returning from fieldwork in the USA with the GROW movement (an Australian based self help group for people recovering from mental illness), he moved into secondary education with a primary focus on student welfare. School administration expanded his interests into the human resource dimensions of management psychology. In response to his clinical interests, John subsequently undertook Jungian Analyst training.
He currently supervises intern psychologists, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors both in Australia and overseas.
John has both spoken and published material in Australia and overseas. His latest book entitled 'Shamans and Analysts: New Insights on the Wounded Healer' has been published by Routledge in London and New York.
John is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Association for Analytical Psychology and is a Training Analyst and previous Vice-President of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts.

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