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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2012;3(1): 49-93.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.120003
A process of masculine development in a male client in his early adulthood
Kyu-suk Kang
Huge Dream Counseling Psychology Center, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence :  Kyu-suk Kang ,Email: kitty4839@naver.com
Received: June 1, 2012   Accepted: June 16, 2012
Abstract
The objective of therapy was to help the client develop a healthy masculinity, an independent ego, and a healthy, related Anima. The therapy went on for approximately 9 months with 20 sandplay pictures in 22 sessions. This case report analyses the therapy process with the emphasis on 10 sandplay pictures that contained important indications of change. The case report bases its analysis on analytic psychology, whose analytic process is presented by a) the description of the sandpicture, b) client’s associations, and c) therapist’s responses. In the therapy process, it was observed that the client’s Self was separating from mother-child unity, and the client developed ego functions which enabled him to manage and control strong emotions caused by external situations. In addition, the client developed his Anima by connecting with the innate healing energy of the Psyche. The client overcame the major symptoms that he complained before he started therapy. For example, he was relieved from intense emotions of fear and anxiety that drove him almost to death, and made a new girl friend which he couldn’t previously because he was not financially independent from his mother. He also improved the uncomfortable relationship with his father. Last but not least, the client left for Japan to study and “establish his own kingdom” there.
KeyWords: sandplay therapy, ego, anima, self, differentiation, anxiety
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