Tending Psyche with JoHanna McNamee

“In Active Imagination we invite the creatures of the unconscious to come up to the surface and make contact with us."Robert Johnson, Inner Work


Developing a relationship with the unconscious allows us to realize our full potential and links us to a potent source of renewal, growth, strength and wisdom. Such connection can be found and fostered through the intentional process of Tending Psyche.

Tending Psyche provides an alternative approach to exploring and resolving issues and situations that are confounding, even crippling our lives. This facilitated process enables us to access deeper levels of Psyche and approach a dilemma in a creative, experiential, non-cognitive way. Thinking is only one of many tools for problem solving. Tending Psyche empowers our other innate and often underdeveloped gifts lodged elsewhere in our Psyches. As well as dreams, we can tend situations in waking life such as relationship, work, and health issues. By using symbol and metaphor we can experience fresh insights and emotional responses to the stuck, resistant, and painful places and chronic issues in our lives.

Let me guide you deep into the unconscious in this intentional tending process. Through prompts and questions I encourage you to follow your own clues on your individual path. I also help you recognize the wisdom of universal archetypes, allies, and ancestors who appear during the sessions. These profound explorations can help you break through to new awareness, develop a new perspective, make sense of your life, and live life more fully.

“To the extent that I managed to translate the emotions into images – that is to say, to find the images which were concealed in the emotions – I was inwardly calmed and reassured. Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them….It was then that I dedicated myself to service of the psyche. I loved it and hated it, but it was my greatest wealth. My delivering myself over to it, as it were, was the only way by which I could endure my existence and live it as fully as possible.” C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

"When human life is in balance, the conscious mind and the unconscious live in relationship. There is a constant flow of energy and information between the two levels as they meet in the dimension of dream, vision, ritual, and imagination.” Robert Johnson, Inner Work