What is the NAAP
The NAAP is a professional community of analytical psychologists in the Netherlands. Analytical psychology (or Jungian Analysis) is based on the work of the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), who developed theory and methods for treating psychological conditions as well as for promoting personal development. Jungian Analysis is a rapidly growing and widely respected psychotherapeutic approach that belongs to the tradition of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychologies.
The NAAP distinguishes itself from other Dutch organisations who base themselves on Jung’s work through its members’ qualifications. After an academic education, as part of their training all members have had years of intensive training analysis, clinical experience in psychiatry and substantial supervision. It is therefore the only Institute in the Netherlands recognised and sanctioned by the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), the worldwide supervisory organisation, created by Jung who set the standards for the training. All NAAP members are themselves IAAP certified diplomate analytical psychologists. Ensuring high professional standards and ethical practice is of primary importance to the NAAP and its individual members.
We are analytical psychologists certified by the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). We have acquired our certifications from IAAP member post-graduate institutions around the world. Each one of us has developed his or her individual approach to analytical psychology. In this way, a variety of streams of Jungian psychoanalytic practice come together in the NAAP. Some members focus on symbols, archetypes, and complexes. Others emphasize transference and counter-transference. All members orient their practice around Jung’s central concept of individuation. Working with dreams forms an important aspect of the individuation process. This blend of specializations ensures our continuous professional development.
IAAP members in different parts of the world employ a variety of designations, the majority employ ‘analytical psychologist’ or ‘psychoanalyst (C.G.Jung)’ also ‘Jungian analyst’. This can be confusing; even so, NAAP members follow convention and employ these names. IAAP and NAAP members are not employing the descriptive terms ‘Jungian therapist’ or ‘depth-psychologist’.