Dr. D. Javier Castillo Colomer.
VIU professor (International University of Valencia). Teaches subjects: developmental psychology and the master of psychological therapies depressive and anxiety disorders from analytic practice.
Psychologist specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy of EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists´ Associations). Jungian analyst. Director of IVaPPA (Valencian Institute of Psychology and Psychotherapy). Responsible for the analytical psychology section of SEPPI (Spanish Society of Psychology and Psychotherapy for integration) and its Scientific Committee. Member of the SEPTG (Spanish Society of Psychotherapy and Group Techniques). Advisor to the governing board of the College of Psychologists of Valencia on the issues of Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology. Director of the “De Profundis collection” of publishing manuscripts. Has collaborated in post-graduate and PhD courses with several Spanish universities (Madrid and Valencia), as well as a speaker at various Summer University courses (Valencia, Más Palomas, Gandia …).
Author of the following books: Analytical Psychology and integration, Llibres Nau (2002), The dreams in life, illness and death, New Library (2005), The value of suffering, Desclée de Brouwer (2007), How we Psychoanalyse, Manuscripts (2008) From the Dionysian to the demonic, Manuscripts (2008), Reason and power of myth , Fata Morgana (2009) and Depth Psychology, Manuscripts (2010).
I graduated in Philosophy and Educational Sciences, Psychology section, in 1983. Truth be told, my clinical vocation was developed after the start of my university degree because of my contact with Freudian thinking, at first I was more interested in social psychology, and I was about to direct my studies towards pure philosophy. They were times when the shadow of Francisco Franco still loomed, and riots and political movements that occurred during the transition were very present. It called for the opening and expansion in all directions and psychology was no different. We started to hear about Freud, Fromm, Marcuse and Reich, among others, highlighting the contributions of the latter to left-wing political movements.
Although the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Valencia had only the model of referential behaviour modification, some professors had included some references to the history of psychoanalysis in their programme. This allowed me to do a project on Freud for the subject taught in the first year, General Psychology: para praxes and dream interpretation in the drive theory of Freud. It was from this first study that began to shape what would be my future career as a clinician, being forever linked to psychoanalysis.
In my training I distinguish four different phases:
In the years that I studied my college degree and during my first years as a professional psychologist I attended many psychoanalytic seminars. I spent several years working on various Freudian texts with the supervision of different psychoanalysts, including Lacanian as members of the IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association). I Participated in the establishment of one of the first Valencian psychoanalytic societies The Oscar Masotta School of psychoanalytic studies, and was included in the psychosis working group. At the same time I became interested in the Reichian character analysis technique and did different work and experiences where the mind-body method that Reich had developed as the core of his psychotherapeutic work. This latter methodology, unlike my first learning, was the key to give new meaning to the material that was emerging, it had a special emphasis on contact and emotional release.
In the process of my training the didactic analysis I conducted for five years with Dr. A. M. Lessens, neuro-psychiatrist and analyst, in the early 1990s was fundamental. This professional linked together his clinical work in Grenoble psychiatric with his private practice. Although I had previously been in analysis with other psychotherapists, the synthesis to the clinical approach between psychoanalytic (first had been Freudian psychoanalyst) and the Reichian work, (at the time he was the president of the French Society of Reichian analysis) provided a fundamental influence in the way to understand the therapeutic process. So important was the analytic framework, with instruments such as interpretation, transfer analysis and dream interpretation, as the contact with the body and with the possibility to facilitate emotional abreaction through different mind-body exercises which was provided by clinical Reichian psychotherapy . In the last years that I travelled to this beautiful village in the French Alps my clinical work was supervised by Dr. Lessens, something that considerably enriched my therapeutic skills.
While traveling to Grenoble I began to familiarize myself with the literature referring to non-ordinary states of consciousness, among my common reads were books by C. Castaneda (whom I had the pleasure of meeting), S. Grof and K. Wilber. I was a founding member of the Spanish Transpersonal Association and was responsible for its clinical section. These facts are given in parallel with some personal experiences that I enjoyed living with native tribal cultures, primarily in the Venezuelan-Brazilian Amazon, with the Yanomami and Piaroa. The result of these experiences, the impact that resulted in me having contact with the various indigenous mythologies, I began to generate a broader idea the unconscious. The reference of mythology as a way of amplifying the material coming from the unconscious, as well as a way of understanding this in a broader and richer way than I had with the Freudian and Reichian therapy, introduced important changes in my way of understanding the psyche. From here to the notions of the collective unconscious and Jungian archetype had its first step. During that time and until his death, in 2006, I travelled to Valencia twice a month to see Dr. J. Zabala, a psychiatrist who had been a patient and disciple of M. L von Franz, being a member of the Institute C. G. Jung of Zurich and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. I started analysis with him that lasted nearly nine years and a monitoring process for about four. The profound influence Dr. Jose Zabala has had with my work is expressed in the extreme importance to the work I give dream interpretation and active imagination as well as the vision of the unconscious that has the capacity to implant in the consciousness many seeds of creativity. Although my understanding of the analytic framework was very different to my analyst I must admit that without the analytic experience with him my idea of the psyche would be much more superficial and reductive. Later I resumed my personal analysis with Dr.Theodor Abt, founder member of the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology according to C. G. Jung and M. L. von Franz, in Zurich, so I started traveling regularly to this beautiful city, a situation that still continues today.
After more than thirty years of psychotherapy work, four of them in the public arena, I define myself as a deeply integrative analyst, it is true that this Analytical Psychology framework has the capacity to become a reference model of this integration (clearly different from the eclecticism approach). It is important for me that an analyst has the capacity to make a differential diagnosis and develop a treatment strategy that should be open to what the analysed patient’s unconscious is marking as basic objectives of the elaborating process. I also find it a good therapeutic complement the possibility of introducing group discussions as a way of working through some of the mind-body expressions and the complex interactional patterns that emerge in the psyche of the analysed patient.
From my point of view, therapeutic models can only aspire to be references that allow us to approach, in a very humble way, the complexity of the psyche. The claim that a model “is the best” is a part of fundamentalism that in many different ways influence our everyday reality continuously. In my case, I must admit, that I am indebted to the different models and ways of understanding the clinical process and I firmly believe that future creative developments in this field lies in the integration of different approaches.
My Analytical Practice
My clinical work
Since 1983 I have worked as a psychotherapist, both from an individual and group framework, always within the psychoanalytic tradition. For a while my private practice combined the practice of psychotherapy with the public framework, although at present I only practice privately.
Throughout these years of clinical work I have been evolving towards integrative models that allow me to understand the mental processes and psychotherapeutic intervention with more complexity and comprehensiveness. The map I provide to Jungian Analytical Psychology has become the main reference of this framework.
Dream analysis for me is very important, as the linchpin of psychic work and the elaboration of the unconscious, as is the transference interpretation or character analysis. Depending on the structure and needs of our patients we can use one or other tools in the elaboration of their conflicts.
Analytical psychology aims to deepen the meaning of symptoms, allowing the analysed patient to becomes aware of their intrapsychic dynamics, as well as their creative potential: depression, a psychosomatic symptom, sexual dysfunction, an addiction or anxiety induced by a separation, loss of a loved one, or physical and psychological abuse, as well as symptoms occurred without apparent connection to any external element- could be life experiences, that with its elaboration, enable us to gain consistency, flexibility and deepness.
My work as a Supervisor
In the past decade I have dedicated a part of my work to supervise other psychotherapy professionals, both as individuals and in work groups.
Diagnosis, clinical interaction styles, transference and countertransference analysis and dream interpretation have become fundamental in this clinical supervision.
The process of both psychotherapy and supervision, can be both presentational or online, making it possible to work with people from different cities and countries.
It is possible to contact me by the following means:
C. Francisco Cubells 32, 1
46011 Valencia (España)
Mobile Telephone: (34) 629 612 318
Telephone consultation in IVaPPA: (34) 963 677 504
Location of consultatons of IVaPPA:
Calle Francisco Cubells 32, piso 1, puerta 1
46011 Valencia (España)
Zone: Valencia Port Nearest Metro Station Marítim – Serrería line 5 / Nearest Tram Station Francisco Cubells Line 6