EP212, Yvonne Smith Tarnas: Destined Meetings–Synchronicity, Intentionality, & Archetypal Meaning in Psychotherapy

We mirror each other! Jungian analyst Yvonne Smith Tarnas highlights how patient and therapist, and you and your friends, reflect each other’s problems and potentials.

In this episode, we explore the role that synchronicity has played in Yvonne’s work as a psychotherapist and delve into her dissertation work, which focused on synchronicities emerging in the initial therapist-patient session.

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Our guest Yvonne Smith Tarnas, MFT, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice. She has also studied astrology since 1973. Yvonne received her doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, with her dissertation titled ”Destined Meetings: Synchronicity, Intentionality, and Archetypal Meaning in the Initial Therapy Session.” Yvonne has presented her integration of psychotherapy and astrology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the International Scientific Astrological Research Conference, the North South Jung Conference, the “Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche” Symposium in Joshua Tree, and the British Astrological Association Conference.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

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