What is it about?

Jungian Analytic Psychology is the only best theory able to assist the Traditional Healers understand their spiritual long and psychologically and spiritually traumatic journey towards being a healer. These wounded healers become strong and are able to mentor those struggling with their spiritual calls. Traditional healers may not be psychologist, however, indigenous indivination systems accommodates counselling of clients and more over, traditional healers could best be associated to psychiatrist and medical doctors more than psychologists . This correlates with their training and divination strategies used which are similar to that of the medical doctors. However, Analytic psychologists could team better with Traditional healers than any other type of psychologist as psycho=analysts use Jungian analytic theory. This project revisits the delayed process of integrative psychotherapeutic processes between the Traditional Health Practitioners and Jungian psycho-analysts and allopathic practitioners in general. We currently call it a 'Rainbow Therapy'.

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Why is it important?

It is the first official, academic and professional dialogue that seriously critically look at how psychotherapists from both schools of thought are called, trained and work with clients and how integration could possible achieved. This common ground is tried at a professional and ethical level with full respect, acknowledgement, recognition of each professional at the same level and respecting the philosophical foundations and interests of each school. WHO suggests that a healthy person is psychologically, physically, spiritually and socially grounded and hence when treating the ill person all these aspects are critical to assess, evaluate and treat. Both Traditional Health Practitioners and Jungian psychology analysts are looking at how all these psychotherapists could assist clients to achieve a totally healthy level at all times. Integrative therapy assist clients to be treated fully and by a team of respectful psychotherapists who understands all aspects of the client.


I hope this article together with other sections written by my partners will attract all psychotherapists attention from various schools of thought and all will learn that we all deal with one person 'a client' from different perspectives. We therefore all. need to work as a team and refer to each other in a non judgemental and respectful manner without undermining each others school of thought and therapeutic methods. It is only when we work as team that we can understand and have an insight about 'who we are, what the other is doing and how our otherness could be meaningful in the treatment of our clients". All our systems have have flaws, weaknesses as well as strengths, Our systems cannot successfully manage all levels of our clients and we need each other. I hope to observe increased interests from all of us to work together in a professional and respectful manner including the marginalized traditional healers.

Lily Rose Nomfundo Mlisa
University of Fort Hare

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This page is a summary of: Encountering the other: Jungian analysts and traditional healers in South Africa Part III: The traditional health practitioner’s stance and the world view, Journal of Analytical Psychology, January 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1468-5922.12564.
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