My Practice

I am a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. I am passionately interested in depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. My new book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and treatment of fatness, all in the context of the war on obesity. Mine has been the life of a fat woman which naturally feeds my interest in the lived experience of fat people, the absence of such voices in discussions of weight, and in the effects of fat phobia and what I term the cultural fat complex.

I have published essays on Medea, fat politics, and embodiment. I hold a BA in Psychology from Duke University, an MA in clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Jungian Studies from the Union Institute.

In the early years of my career, I worked with schools and with children, especially young children. Along the way, I got training in working with pregnancy and post partum issues, parenting, and working with groups. But the deep love of my work life has been working with men and women in individual psychotherapy. I have attended numerous seminars and workshops at the Jung Institutes in Boston, Chicago and Zurich as well as having had many years of clinical supervision with Jungian analysts.

Twenty-five years ago, I embarked on a personal Jungian analysis. The work that I have done with the analysts I've worked with is the most significant learning of my adult life and served to intensify my interest in depth psychology.

I grew up an Army brat. Having lived in many places, I happily settled in Maine in 1972 and declared myself at home. I live with my husband and 3 cats in Belfast, Maine where I work with patients in psychotherapy, write, read and knit. My husband and I recently realized we cannot possibly watch everything in our Amazon, Netflix, and Acorn queues in this lifetime

Psychotherapy

Have you been considering finding a psychotherapist? I am accepting new patients for:

   . Short or Long Term Psychotherapy

   . Flexible Scheduling

   . Sliding Scale

   . Jungian DepthTherapy

   . Dream and Imaginal Work

   . Personal Growth Work

   . Body Acceptance

     Fat positive approach

   . By telephone, FaceTime, Skype or face-to-face


"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed."   Carl Jung


It is never too late to grow. Psychotherapy that can help us change a life is as much for the person in her  60's or 70's as it is for those in their 30's and 40's.

I am fascinated by stories. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our lives. The stories we tell others to shape how they see and know us. In  Jungian psychotherapy, together we listen to your stories and find the places where some element in the story, perhaps an old belief about yourself, keeps you from the life you want. Over time, the story changes so that the story you tell about yourself at the end, while still recognizably yours, is different from the story you told at the beginning, a revised version that you will continue to live into old age.

There are no magic tricks or tools in this kind of therapy. It works when you and I develop a good working relationship with each other. Your task is to show up at the appointed time and say what you want as honestly as you can. Tell me your dreams. Your feelings. Your wishes. Your hopes. Your sorrows. My task is to listen, listen as deeply as I can, and offer you my feelings, ideas, intuitions that come in response to your stories. 

The goal of Jungian psychotherapy is to enable you to live a life that most fully expresses your own nature. Each of us has a unique self which is trying to unfold. When that unfolding is blocked we may become anxious, or depressed or angry and we may have trouble in our relationships. You and I together develop a caring dialogue which will help you first to understand where you are blocked and then to overcome your blocks. Through our work, you can expect to feel happier and more fulfilled in your relationships, in your job and in your creative life.                                           

"If attention is directed to the unconscious, the unconscious will yield up its contents, and these in turn will fructify the conscious like a fountain of living water. For consciousness is just as arid as the unconscious if the two halves of our psychic life are separated."   Carl Jung 

Depth psychotherapy is usually not brief therapy. It takes time to explore the complexities of feeling and experience that make up a person's own unique past, as well as present manifestations of that past. People who enter Jungian psychotherapy make an important personal commitment.

Jungian psychotherapy is not only for those with diagnosable psychological problems, like depression or anxiety. It is also valuable for personal growth. Through Jungian psychotherapy you may in discover a more authentic and personally meaningful way of living your life. Using Jungian psychotherapy for personal growth also uses dreamwork as a core ingredient in moving toward psychological maturity.

Although in most respects working face to face is desirable, when distance or other circumstances make that difficult or impossible, then working by telephone or via FaceTime or Skype is a very workable alternative.

I currently have openings for prospective patients who wish to work by telephone, online or face-to-face -- we can schedule your first session within a week. If you have any questions or would like to know more about my practice or me, please use the contact form on the left to email me. I will call you if you provide a phone number or reply via email as you wish. 

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. – C.G. Jung 

Fees:

My standard fee is $110/50 minute session.

In general, I make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to our work.  Don't be hesitant to discuss what will work for you.

I do not accept third party payment/health insurance. This allows me  to have a sliding scale for fees according to your circumstances and ability to pay. Once we decide to work together, we will settle on a fee which we will negotiate together. 

I accept cash, check, and  PayPal. I prefer to be reimbursed the day of service if possible, but can make arrangements for you to pay once a month, if that is more manageable.

General policies

Following is an overview of policies and procedures regarding appointments, fees, cancellations, etc.

1. Cheryl Fuller, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychotherapist specializing in individual psychotherapy. Customarily once an agreement to work together has been made, patients make a commitment which may last from a few months to several years.

2. I do not offer emergency care, crisis intervention, court-mandated therapy, or case management services. I am available via email or telephone to established patients.

3. Full payment is expected for missed sessions and for sessions cancelled on short notice. This is a practical measure as patients contract for an available time slot which remains theirs until they leave therapy.

4. Patients may email Cheryl between sessions. Limitations on use of email will be discussed as needed.


My CV:

 Academic Background

             Ph.D., Analytical Psychology, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004

                                    Dissertation: A Woman Scorned: Medea and Betrayal

              M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Requirements completed 1970, Degree awarded 1972. All course requirements for Ph.D. completed.

                                    Thesis:  The Willimantic Project:  An Infant Development Program

                B.A., Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC., 1968

     Clinical Experience

                Community Mental Health: 1972-1975

                Private Psychotherapy Practice, 1974-present

                          -- Individual psychotherapy with adults and teens

                          -- Individual clinical supervision provided to other clinicians

                          -- Group therapy

                          -- Workshops on dream work, memoir writing, journal keeping, body image, parenting

       Research/Scholarly Activities

                    •  “A Woman Scorned: Medea and Betrayal”, dissertation, Union Institute & University, 2004

                     •  “Medea, the Shadow and Feminism” Quadrant, Spring2010

                     •  “I Know It Wasn't The Fish: Fat in the Consulting Room” in The Politics of Size: Perspectives from the Fat Acceptance Movement, ed. Regan Chastain, Praeger, 2014

                     •  “The Fat Lady Sings” in Spring 91: Women's Voices, 2014

                      • “Emma Jung’s Pen: Jung, Feminism and the Body” in Feminist Views From Somewhere: Post-Jungian themes in feminist theory, ed. Frances Gray, Leslie Gardner, Routledge, 2016

                      • The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects, Karnac Books, 2017

 

    Academic/Research Interests   

                       Teaching psychological principles and material to lay adults

                        Clinical supervision

                        Application of Jungian theory

                        Memoir -- teaching and exploring its psychological impact

                        Uses and meanings of virtual, i.e. online, community

                        Mythology

                        Therapeutic frame in counseling and therapy

                        Fat studies and body image/acceptance

    Affiliations/Memberships

                     International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS)

                     Society for the Psychology of Women

                     International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP)               

     Teaching and Workshop/Lecture Experience

 1980-2000 – taught adjunct lecturer at University of Southern Maine and University of Maine, Augusta; Osteopathic Medical School, University of New England

 2001-2005: courses in writing memoir, dreams, and introduction to Jung at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

 2007-present: At Senior College of the University of Maine,  courses relating to Jungian psychology

 2008 – CG Jung Center, Brunswick, Maine – day-long workshop on Medea, A Woman Scorned

 2011 – Summer Intensive Study Program: The Dark Side of the Self at the C.J. Jung Foundation of New York – daylong workshop on Medea

 2015 – CG Jung Center, Brunswick, Maine – lecture and workshop on the cultural fat complex

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