The Student Experience

F. K. J., Houston, Texas, USA,
Diploma Candidate (Matriculated in WS 2011)

Background: Episcopal Priest, (MDiv); Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Clinical Psychologist (PhD)
Current Employment: Trauma Therapist in Private Practice;
Prior Training Institutions: Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY; Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpenteria, CA; Houston-Galveston Trauma Institute, Houston, Member of the Jung Center Houston, Texas

Why I chose the Institute

It is a privilege to study at the institute where analytical psychology has its roots. It is a privilege to learn from the distinguished faculty from Switzerland, Germany and all over the world who teach at this institute. It is an incredible opportunity to study alongside colleagues from all over the world and learn from such a diverse gathering of faculty and students.

The Experience of Training

This program is very challenging and requires a lot of self-discipline and study. The two parts of the program: Propaedeuticum (Intermediate) stage of the program lays a firm foundation for entering the second part of training Diploma Candidacy. I value the approach that has been used through the years: oral exams, papers, seminars and lectures, special events highlighting areas such as sandplay, the Red Book and many other pertinent topics. Faculty, supervisors and administrators are very approachable and interaction with them is a valuable part of the program. The time spent at the institute is intense, full and rich. The quality of supervision both group and individual is excellent.


C. W., Portland, Oregon, USA,
New analyst 2013

Background: MBA Finance Northwestern University; MA Counseling Psychology with Depth Emphasis, Pacifica Graduate Institute, CA. Former Vice President and entrepreneur.

Why I chose the Institute

Classical Jungian education; original institution; excellent Swiss analyst teachers and overseas teachers; diverse training offerings including spiritual; they had the energy to bounce back from the split as a better institution. My large multinational class is one of the best results of these training years. I have colleagues from so many countries and they broadened my cross-cultural capacity as well as friendships.

Experience of Training

The training was hard; very demanding in terms of reading and being able to conceptualize, theorize, and apply. Symbolic education was first rate; these training analysts can go very deeply very quickly and it is in the air here; scope of knowledge of analysts is remarkable. The quality of overseas teachers is excellent 99% of the time. Ethnology contributed a huge amount to formation process as analyst. Association Experiment is just vital and my teacher's fidelity to Jung's experiment was remarkable and rewarding. So glad I have that grounding. The thesis process was challenging but my advisor was supportive yet gave me my creative freedom and I received compliments on the thesis originality as a result. The library is fabulous and the librarian is well-trained. It was great to have Carl Gustav Jung's great grandson as President of the Curatorium, especially when the Red Book was published. That was thrilling.


R. C., MS, LPC, McKinney, Texas, USA,

Current Employment: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice, seeing adult clients and specializing in women with a history of trauma and abuse.

Why I chose the Institute:

I chose the Institute in Küsnacht to pursue my training as a Jungian analyst because of the accessibility of the training to students from all over the world who are studying here and then taking what they study back and putting it into practice on the ground in their own locales. The training in Küsnacht is multi-faceted and rich, deeply invested in theory while retaining the Living Spirit of the work so important to C.G. Jung himself. The reputation of analysts who have trained here stands high above any other training, and we as students benefit from the diversity and the vast knowledge of the instructors as well as the rigorous demands of the self-paced curriculum. The structure of the program produces individuated, compassionate, ethical, knowledgeable graduates who can carry the benefits of Analytical Psychology from the shores of Lake Zürich to the four corners of the world, just as I believe Jung would have wanted.


R. de L. F., São Paulo, Brazil,
Registered in the Further Education program, and attending interviews to apply for the International Programme

Background: I am a psychologist working in private practice, and also I have Biology Masters degree.

Why I chose the Institute:

I chose the Institute because here is the source of the Analytical Psychology, "the mother house" of Analytical Psychology. And also because there are people of all continents and it is an unique experience; it is a privilege to exchange experiences with people all over the world.

Experience of Training: The seminars, lectures and conferences are very wide, we can get in touch with a lot of disciplines. I think this model of immersion studies for three weeks are important for those who wants to deepen the learning and your own personal development.


K. P., Edmonton, Alberta, (Western) Canada,
Diploma Candidate

Background: B Commerce, MA Psychology
Current Employment: Currently in private practice as a licensed clinical psychotherapist

Experience of Training

The C. G. Jung Institute provides students a dialectical structure that embraces contemporary experience in the living body and birth place of depth psychology through the actual training approach of Carl Jung himself. Working with the Institute's Analysts and the pace of pedagogical requirements have facilitated a captivating initiation interweaving my personal individuation and professional training process. The Küsnacht experience has enabled me to step outside the familiar, live with the locals, go through global perspectives, drop into the depths (suffering death) amidst the mysteries, and play creatively in transitional 3rd space - in sum total, now finding myself, "standing between two worlds" (Jung).


I. McC., Ireland,
Diploma Candidate

Background: Clinical Psychologist

Why I chose the Institute


Experience of Training

For me I found that the Jung Institute in Küsnacht was as democratic as an educational establishment could be: there was a respectful combined effort by the administration, academic staff and the mature students to ensure that we would succeed. There was a sense of united collegiality that ensured a respect for the rigorous academic experience. It was never them and us, it was "we" and there was a sincere effort to ensure that all the normal problems and misunderstandings would be thoroughly explored and resolved. Studying in a historic building combined with the mysterious resource of the lake was a privileged experience that provides a strong foundation from which to share.


B. W., Originally American, from SFO, living in France for 20 years,
Training Candidate (admitted October 2012)

Background: I have worked at the United Nations in Geneva since 1993, including one year at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters. Aside from my regular job on environment and health, I am working on Global Mental Health with a focus on East Africa. Will give a paper at the First East Africa Regional Conference on Psychology on "Mainstreaming Mental Health and Psycho-social Support in Refugee Operations" (Kampala, Nov 2013).

Why I chose the Institute

The programme appealed to me for many reasons and encompasses my many years of prior training and independent study on conflict resolution, mediation and peace-building, as well as addresses my long-standing interest in cross-cultural approaches to psychology and mental health, cultural anthropology, ethnology and religious studies.

Experience of Training

So far I find the training of very high quality, with the exception of very few lecturers for whom the Jung Institute does not appear to be the right niche. I like the format of the studies (lectures, conferences and seminars) and the training in two parts is motivating. Also, having courses offered in intensive blocks 3 times a year permits someone like me who is working full-time to participate.


T. O., Luxembourg,
Further Education Program

Why I chose the Institute

My experience at the Jung’s Institute was bar none the most rewarding experience of my life as well as it was a defining point from turning my entire career towards fertile and plentiful field of analytical psychology. Similarly, it has motivated me to improve my personal life on so many different levels, that I can openly say that time for me has divided on “life before” and “life after” my experience at the Institute. The atmosphere and the daily work in classes are what really make it such a special and truly unique experience. Learning through experience, both your own and that of other participants, makes the analytical material accessible and compelling. It served me as a valuable stepping-stone on my journey to become an analyst and surpassed all of my expectations of excellence in education.


BvG, Munich, Germany,

Background: PhD in Mathematics and Physics

Why you chose the Institute

The Jung Institute in Küsnacht gives the unique opportunity to meet kindred people, but who are quite often from a totally different background than the therapeutic profession. This linkage to scientists, bankers, business-people and so on from around the world, this diversity of experience and know-how makes the Küsnacht-Institute standing out from all others, because, when people have to stay for a longer period of time, say a year or two, in the Zürich-area, one would loose that professional diversity.


V. A., Houston, Texas, USA,
Diploma Candidate

Background: Litigation attorney, licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, as well a various United States District Courts; Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California

Why I chose the Institute

I realized that spending a mere two and a half days a month for ten month a year in training in the US (the typical format), the experience would be anemic and less impactful than spending three to four weeks two or three times per year training at the CGJI in Küsnacht. Family and financial obligations prevented me from considering a longer time commitment than this, and I consider the attendance requirements there to be a reasonable compromise that still permits for a training of the highest quality.

Experience of Training

I have begun supervision of cases with training analysts, and participating in case colloquia with fellow candidates and training analysts. The experience has been amazingly rich for me, and I value the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that the analysts bring to the instruction and supervision, not to mention the exchange of ideas with my colleagues from many different countries around the world. It would be impossible to replicate this in the United States.


C. B., French living in the UK,
Diploma Candidate

Background: Human resources

Why I chose the Institute

I chose to study at the CG Jung Institute in Küsnacht following a summer intensive programme. I loved the idea of immersing myself in my studies intensely (for 3 weeks) whilst anchoring my life and my practice in my own home. I was also attracted by the international profile and calibre of other students. I have always felt that there was Eros in this Institute and I wanted to study within a warm and stimulating community.

The Institute is everything that I hoped it would be and more. I am allowed to go at my own pace, connecting my studies deeply with my own process. I particularly enjoy colloquia, which are often hosted in the analyst's house or practice, or an interesting location. I have been able to make very deep connections with other students and analysts. There is rigor, depth and a capacity to accommodate a great diversity of backgrounds. This is just right for me. I feel challenged, held and inspired to go further and deeper.


J. K., Vancouver, Canada,

Background: Masters in Music-Centred Psychotherapy, Masters in Ethnomusicology, I am a Registered Clinical Counselor

Why I chose the Institute

I have studied at other Jung Institutes in the United States and though they had many wonderful teachers and students I feel that a diverse international context is the best way to learn and integrate this material. National consciousness is no longer big enough to approach our current world issues. We now need world consciousness. Cross cultural exchange where people find themselves out of their comfort zone, language zone and time zone is an excellent way to bump up against the edge of our myopic views and to feel on a deeply human level the vastness and breadth of the collective unconscious. This is felt experience, lived communally and intensively and then brought back to our home environments where, in the end, we will be living what we learn. In our modern busy world this intensive CGJI environment is truly the only workable way to allow for this diversity of international professionals to gather and engage deeply with this profound material. After spending a year researching most of the Jungian-based programs worldwide, I was encouraged to find that my psyche was right (at least this time!) that the CG Jung Institute Zürich is exactly this sort of place. Due to my professional and family life in Vancouver Canada the only way I could possibly do this training is within the framework of this International Block Semester program. I'm tremendously thankful for this particular program, it's the only one in the world, and it's precisely what I was looking for.


O. G., Switzerland,
Diploma Candidate

Background: Psychologist

Why I chose the Institute

I chose the Institute because it's where all started and it's close from my home even if it's not my mother tongue. It's also a way for me to be recognised as Psychotherapist FSP (Swiss Federation of Psychotherapists).The quality of training is good. Specially the exams who let some free space to the person to develop its interests. The teachers come from all over the world and give a wide view of the Jungian community.


AdM, Italian living in Paris, France

Background: Daughter of a diplomat, I have travelled and lived in many different countries. I have a degree and a master in Clinical Psychology and I have been in business as a communications executive for the last 25 years.

Why I chose the Institute

My international background and a dream brought me to Küsnacht. After a long Freudian analysis and training in my youth, an important crisis in my "successful" business career, allowed me to open new doors within myself and understand that there is more than just a causalistic approach to the psyche. Individuation as a long lasting creative process is at the heart of our path, and Küsnacht was, is and will be the best place to allow to walk along this unique soul's journey with soul partners from all over the world.

Experience of Training

The training is very valuable in all its aspects. The fact that it is concentrated for three weeks three times a year allows us to commit to it and at the same time continue being in our personal and professional daily life in the country where we live. We, as students are able to bring our background from the world to Küsnacht and enrich the training with reality and with our diverse experiences and talents. The institute provides the analytical psychology theory and the unique wide cultural heritage CG Jung brought to depth psychology, as well as the clinical experience that brings it to life. Our own experience with analysands, in the second part of the training, with the individual and group supervision allows us to share and develop a unique multicultural experience and knowledge of individual and collective unconscious.



I am Italian but in the past 20 years I lived in the USA, France and Switzerland, I am thus not new to the international cross-cultural exchanges which characterise the Küsnacht experience. However, what is shared at the Institute is different from any other intellectual and cultural exchange as it represent a communion of Souls.

Background: I have been working with victims of human rights violations for 17 years collecting witnesses of victims of torture, rape and family members of disappeared persons. While doing so I realised that I was not equipped to sustain the trauma of the others and, at the same time, to deal with my own. I also could not avoid wondering what could transform certain persons in beings capable of heinous crimes, I wondered about evil and shadow which in my work are an evident reality. From this background, and through a series of incredible (for others) synchronic events, I began my studies at the Institute as training candidate last year.

Why I chose the Institute

I chose the Institute after having taken into account other options because I was impressed by the curriculum offered as well as by the professionalism of its staff. Their willingness to advise on the different choices to be made and their understanding of the demands that everyday life and commitments place on the students made me feel I enrolled a "human" institute, which is respectful of the individuals. This attitude makes it possible from people from all over the world to gather in Küsnacht bringing their personal and professional experiences as well as their cultural background at the Institute and leave from there with a common understanding of analytical psychology and its potential for a more conscious and responsible way to relate to the world.


CvS, American,
Diploma Candidate

Often, in the US, I am asked about my experience, and what I most often share is the remarkable opportunity we have to commune in an international milieu - both in terms of the faculty and the student body. The reality that most of us are extracted from our home environments - every semester - and shifted into liminal space here in Küsnacht activates creative change and expansion, which I don't perceive happens when one trains on 'stable ground'. That 'move' creates an intensity that, for me, facilitates our process. Given that liminality, the international exchange is enhanced; we are 'opened' to one another with renewed freshness each semester, while supported by past encounters. I treasure the opportunity to engage with individuals with shared interests in Jungian process, each offering the unique perspective of their culture. The experience of seminars and especially, case colloquia, in that international exchange is priceless.

The gifts don't end at the Institute, however. Outside of seminars and colloquia, we gather in our various lodgings. Many of us reside together, which provides opportunities for discussions long into the nights, and at meals. While each of us are engaged in unique paths and far from 'home', we develop intimate friendships which connect us to one another while away from Zürich. An additional advantage is the continual 'here and there'/'back and forth experience. We have time to 'digest' the intensity of the semesters here in Küsnacht when we return to our homes. We therefore become the living bridge.

Finally, there is the issue of faculty: Rather than a relatively fixed faculty, we enjoy a rich melange of heterogeneous individuals and highly stimulating, global offerings. I feel so very fortunate to receive my analytical training here in Küsnacht.


PA, American, living in the UK,
Diploma Candidate

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, UK
Prior Training Institutions: Previous experience in business and arts administration

Why I chose the Institute

I initially chose to visit the Jung-Institut to revitalize the Jungian analysis I had undergone in Los Angeles in 1987-92 – an analysis rooted in my experience of being HIV+. As I now engage in counseling and group presentations for PWAs and medical staff working in HIV/AIDS, I soon realized that the Institut offered immense possibilities for my later-life goals – that it would be both possible and valuable to use my long experience of serious illness and loss to support many others who are inexperienced in these areas; and that it is possible to do so in a context of continuous development (individuation) and deep exploration of existential growth and meaning.

The Jung-Institut is a professional institution, and training comes from skilled (and often, justifiably, famous) Jungian professionals. Lectures range from the introductory to the highly specialized; often the most valuable are those that connect to the analyst’s applications of Jungian theory, and those that examine contemporary problems and overlaps between Jungian and other psychoanalytic theories. Exams are as strict and demanding as in any graduate school. A notable aspect of the English program is the density of discussion and interaction with other students, who are involved with various practices and patients – this interaction continues throughout the year via Skype and e-mail contact.


Training Candidate

I am a Canadian citizen with three degrees in Psychology. I am also a Registered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in psychiatry, community care, primary care and academic settings.

Why I chose the Institute

I feel happy and very fortunate to be a Training Candidate in Küsnacht. While our students come from many different countries, I think we all appreciate the opportunity to attend the many excellent lectures and seminars given by Jungian analysts and other highly qualified teachers and supervisors here. I wished to train at this Institute due to its well-known reputation, rich tradition and history, and beautiful setting; and to have access to the Bookstore, Library and Picture Archives (along with its international faculty and students).

I was also a Matriculated Auditor at the Institute several years ago, and attended many lectures and seminars by Jungian analysts who are now with ISAP. In my opinion the current training program in Küsnacht is of the same high quality as it was before the split, which led to the founding of ISAP.

I think we are very fortunate to have many experienced longtime lecturers, seminar leaders and supervisors at the Kusnacht Institute including Frau Ammann, Dr Baumann, Dr Hinshaw, Prof Dr Kast, Frau Loscher, Dr. O'Kane, Dr. Ribi, Dr. Strubel and Frau Wacker, along with many very good new ones.

It is also a great benefit that we can attend courses in the Summer, Fall and Winter blocks, and then take our learning back to our home countries. I appreciate that the structure of the current training program allows us to live and work in our home settings - as C.G. Jung did during his confrontation with the unconscious.


MAM, Italy,
Further Education (2nd semester)

Why I chose the Institute

For 35 years I have been a translator (German into Italian) of psychoanalytical Works (especially some texts of the Gesammelte Werke C.G. Jung). I wished to live this soul experience; I was glad to participate; I think we are (in German course) a good team, with emphathy and common interests. The seminars are a very good level and fascinating.