The circular image used in this web site is a photograph of an architectural detail that hangs in my office. I find it meaningful in that it can be seen to represent a diagram or map of the self: The outer circle being our whole selves, conscious and unconscious; the inner circle being the ego, the center of our consciousness; and the partial circles being those aspects of ourselves (our complexes, in Jungian terms; objects or presences, in analytic terms; schemas, in cognitive terms) that can overwhelm our ego, as the result of unconscious and unresolved issues. These experiences usually leave us feeling out of control and overtaken by emotion, and often provide the motivation to begin psychotherapy.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
              C.G. Jung