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Kate Hooper
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"I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art."

-Helena Bonham Carter

Imaginal Psychology rediscovers the richness of the imagination and restores its capacity to heal...

 

After a personal crisis years ago, Kate's trajectory led her down a rabbit hole, where she ended up at the door of Archetypal or Depth Psychology....This perspective, explored through extensive dreamwork, bodywork and lectures, became captivating and intriguing. Over many years, it radically opened Kate's world, exposing her to a more meaningful and richer way of life.... Also, the stuck, old narrative she carried around like a bag of bones for a good deal of her life needed an update-so her script was gradually re-worked and re-imagined.... Thereafter, things in a strange sense began to slowly fall into their rightful place-threads were pulled together, unconscious material revealed; and new, unexpected stories began to emerge...This process eventually created a sense of profound relief and joy, paving the way for a deeper curiosity about her surrounds and the world at large. This philosophy, rooted in the aesthetics and imagination (the arts, culture, mythology and philosophy) has subsequently been taken into her practice...

So why go the route of 'Archetypal', 'Imaginal' or 'Soul-based' Psychology? Firstly, historically, it has a rich lineage-it was coined this in the 1970's by James Hillman, with its roots going as far back as Carl Jung. 

Then within this framework, there's also a departure from a clinical lens. Instead, there's an exploration of loosening habituated narratives, through a 'dark eye'-our stories about ourselves essentially become manufactured,  echoing our parental influence or received from our surrounds and our cultural context...When these perceived stories go unchecked, they can become stilted, restricting the ability to accept life as it is, not how we have constructed it. This subsequently can stifle the creation of an authentic life that is eagerly waiting to be explored.... However, if these stories are examined only through the conventional lens of 'talk therapy', and are only given sentimental compassion, this can perpetuate beliefs that no longer serve an individual...And over time, this will eventually manifest in symptoms, such as depression, neuroses, anxiety, relationship difficulties, addictions, inauthenticity, illness, or a sense of meaninglessness...Essentially, these presenting symptoms bring individuals into therapy....

Another drawcard to this approach is that when creatively playing with these stories in a therapeutic context, the presenting dreams, memories, myths and everyday experiences, will open up and allow unconscious, shadow material to be made conscious. This will no doubt, provide some profound ideas and unexpected insights, allowing for a more curious and deeper exploration to occur between patient and therapist. By cultivating the imaginal, over time, not only is there a gradual healing that begins to occur, but a feeling of being more congruent; a reconciliation of opposing beliefs; and an authenticity that slowly emerges....The stories subsequently become richer, more interesting-which goes to the basic premise of: 'doctor the story, not the patient', encouraging you, as James Hillman suggested, to re-think, re-vision and re-imagine...

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'The prime requisite for the practice of analysis has always been very simple. The analyst must be analysed himself before analysing others. This was the original premise of Freud and Jung and is maintained by the genuine Freudians and Jungians today. It is called a recognised training analysis and it includes as well, the study of the unconscious. How many hours of analysis an analyst has had, whether or not he has a doctor's degree, whether or not he be recognised by his colleagues, licenced by the state, or graduated from an analytical training institute, such questions are all secondary to the first criterion: the analyst must have been analysed before he analyses others. This is both the prime training and the test of the vocation.'


-James Hillman (Suicide and the Soul)

ABOUT

About me...

Background

Experience:

An Archetypal Psychotherapist, qualified Social Worker and trained Relationship Advisor (and having been under on-going, extensive years of self-analysis).  After completing her degree and first qualification in Social Work in 1991, Kate went on to practice for a number of years in Childcare, Couple Counselling, Hospice, Autism and Mental Health.

As a consequence of being born into a large extended family, being married, a parent, and an exposure to a colourful patient base, a fascination for human nature, and complex relationships evolved. Then in 2009, Kate was introduced to Archetypal Psychology, which has subsequently paved the way into a far richer and deeper insight into herself, the world and therapy practice (and also re-discovered a dark sense of humour in the process!).

 

Kate has two young adult sons and a dog. She walks and hikes regularly, practices yoga, dance movement and meditation. She loves writing stories, the cinema, theatre and travelling.  Kate volunteers in the community on a weekly basis and runs a monthly support therapist group.

Education:
  • B.Soc Sci Social Work (University of KZN) 1991          (Registered with SACSSP, SAASWIPP)                

  • Marital Adviser (Marital Institute of SA) 2001          

  • Archetypal/Imaginal Psychotherapist (in training at Tamboo Academy from 2009-current)

Specialties in Imaginal Work:

​ Adults- Individuals, Couples     and   Parents:   

  • Relationship Issues/Effective Communication Techniques

  • Physical/Sexual Well-Being

  • Stress/Trauma/PTSD

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Childhood Wounding

  • Erotic Imagination/Dreamwork, Creativity

  • Spiritual Awakening

  • Grief, Loss

  • Disabilities

  • Addictive Patterns

  • Ecological Responsibility

OFFERINGS

Offerings

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Individual Depth Therapy:

  • Exploration of presenting symptoms

  • Connecting the inner wisdom of the body through imagination, stories, dreamwork and mythology

  •  Discovering different perspectives and excavating unconscious material  

  • Gradually altering worn-out narratives that are no longer of service

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Couples Depth Therapy:

  • Training communication techniques and imparting helpful guidelines for relating optimally.

  • Making unconscious patterns and projections conscious to each partner and tracking into the source (Includes pre-marital preparation, couple or marriage enrichment, and separation/divorce support)

CONTACT

Contact me...

Please contact me using this form if you have any queries. 

Email:

Cell number:

Location:

Cape Town,

Southern Suburbs

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