Music is everywhere in our lives and all analysts are witness to musical symbols arising from their patient's psyche. However, there is a common resistance to working directly with musical content. Combining a wide range of clinical vignettes with analytic theory, Kroeker takes an in-depth look at the psychoanalytic process through the lens of musical expression and puts forward an approach to working with musical symbols within analysis, which he calls Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP).

Kroeker argues that we have lost our connection to the simple, vital immediacy that musical expression offers. By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, he illustrates how to rediscover our place in this confrontation with deep psyche and highlights the role of the enigmatic, musical psyche for guiding us through our life. Innovative and interdisciplinary, Kroeker’s model for working analytically with musical symbols enables readers to harness the impact of meaningful sound, allowing them to view these experiences through the clarifying lens of depth psychology and the wider work of contemporary psychoanalytic theory.

Jungian Music Psychotherapy is a groundbreaking introduction to the ideas of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy that interweaves theory with clinical examples. It is essential reading for Jungian analysts, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, music therapists, academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, music studies, consciousness studies, and those interested in the creative arts.

chapter |5 pages


chapter Chapter 1|5 pages

The Red Album

Jung’s relationship with music

chapter Chapter 2|4 pages

The musical cure

Cultural amplifications of musical healing throughout history

chapter Chapter 3|5 pages

Music as an orienting force

The place of music within analytical psychology

chapter Chapter 4|6 pages

A lexicon without a language

How musical thinking transcends the confines of grammar

chapter Chapter 5|5 pages

A conspicuous silence

The absence of music in analytical psychology

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages

What is music?

[Music = time + sound]

chapter Chapter 7|6 pages

Working analytically with musical symbols

A natural next step from Jung’s original vision

chapter Chapter 8|15 pages

Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP)

Analysis through musical processes

chapter Chapter 9|5 pages

The musical field

Processing the symbiotic auditory ecosystem

chapter Chapter 10|5 pages

Bilocation and the composer’s vantage point

Some hints on setting the frame from the world of the sound poet

chapter Chapter 11|6 pages

The scope of a music-oriented approach

On beauty, ethics and the role of creativity

chapter Chapter 12|58 pages

Musical approaches to analytic technique

Navigating the dual role of musician and analyst

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Amplifying musical symbols

Example #1: tonal centre as the musical archetype of home

chapter Chapter 14|2 pages

In conclusion …

Musical reverie as a profound investigation of oneself