Jungian Analyst

Telephone:  +41 33 841 03 36

Email:  patricia.skar@outlook.com

Office Address:

Bahnhofstrasse 10, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Home/Mailing Address:  Im Schwanden 708, 3803 Beatenberg, Switzerland

Upcoming Event: 

For The Champernowne Trust Summer Course: "Images of Power and the Power of Images: Exploring Psychological, Ethical and Spiritual Aspects"  5th-10th August 2018

Presentation: "The Power of Music: Eros, Order and Individuation"

Today more than ever, music is being listened to in the context of audio-visual media. How are images affected by music, and how does music powerfully constellate images? In this talk, these and other questions will be examined in the context of recent brain research, music therapy and Jungian psychology, focusing on the power of music to affect our emotions and to open us to new possibilities in our lives. We will then compare the teacher-student relationship in learning a musical instrument with the analyst-analysand relationship in psychoanalysis, illustrating the potential of each experience to facilitate what Jung called the individuation process. Finally, we will explore the presenter's method of using a form of music improvisation as active imagination within analysis and in groups, including musical examples.  

Venue:  Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth, Leics LE17 6QX    www.hothorpe.co.uk

For more information, please click here

About Patricia Skar

Born and raised in America, Patricia Skar received Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa. She later trained at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich, graduating with the Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1992. Since then she has practised Jungian analysis in Ireland and England, moving back to Switzerland in 2010. She has lectured widely in a variety of clinical and academic settings, including Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. Her published articles focus on the parallels between music and analytic processes and the connections between Jungian psychology and the new sciences.

Besides her many years of working as a Jungian analyst, Patricia brings her lifelong experience as a performing musician and teacher of piano and violin to her analytic work, making her especially suitable for individuals with a career or background in the arts. She offers long and short-term analysis for adults: the frequency of sessions and an appropriate (sliding-scale) fee is determined by the unique requirements of each individual.

In general, Jungian analysis can address a broad range of emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety, but can also be beneficial to anyone wishing to pursue psychological awareness and growth. Particularly in times of transition, analytic work can help bring conscious and unconscious elements of the psyche into balance, facilitating a greater wholeness in the person. For a short introduction to Jungian analysis, please click here.

Professional memberships:

The International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP)
Die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Analytische Psychologie (SGAP)
The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP, London)
The Irish Analytical Psychology Association (IAPA, Dublin)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)


McCarthy, R. and Skar, P. (1993). ‘Jungian Analysis’, in Edward Boyne, ed., Psychotherapy in Ireland, Dublin: Columba Press, 47–72.

Saunders, P.T. and Skar, P. (2001). ‘Archetypes, Complexes and Self-Organization’, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 46/2, 305–323.

Skar, Patricia (1992). Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections. Diploma Thesis, C.G. Jung Institute-Zürich, 1992.

___________ (1997). ‘Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections’, in Mary Ann Mattoon, ed., Zurich 95: Open Questions in Analytical Psychology, Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag, 389–403.

___________ (2002). ‘The Goal as Process: Music and the Search for the Self’, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47/4, 629–638.

___________ (2003). ‘Sound and Psyche: The Common Rhythm in Mind and Matter’, in Cambridge 2001, Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Analytical Psychology, Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag,

___________ (2004). ‘Chaos and Self-Organization: Emergent Patterns at Critical Life Transitions’, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 49/2, 243–262.

___________ (2010). ‘The Matrix of Music and Analysis’, in Paul Ashton & Stephen Bloch, eds., Music and Psyche, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations, Spring Journal Books, 77-92.