Akke-Jeanne is Jung Platform’s co-founder & VP Strategy Programs. Her background consists of a Master’s in Psychology, and several years of training in Jungian Analysis. She has offered training and coaching in a professional setting for over 10 years. In the past, she has worked for 8 years as a lecturer of psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.
She is the author of ‘Psychology of Heartbreak’ (in Dutch) and she provides Jungian coaching and training.
At Jung Platform, apart from daily management tasks, Akke-Jeanne identifies, develops and manages projects, like the development of courses and programs. She supports Jung Platform’s Teachers in fine-tuning their modules to ensure that our programs are always practically grounded. Akke-Jeanne is driven by a passion for depth psychology.
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In this blog series, I answer a few questions I was asked by my colleague Gauri Ramesh about Jungian Coaching. Gauri is the Certificate Program Coordinator at Jung Platform and…
Carl Jung said that it is up to us to live our life in line with our true essence, our unique core that continues to unfold as we age. This essence is often experienced as if it is guiding us through life and is aiming at full expression. At times, it can even feel as if we are being used by something larger that wants to engage with the world through our own body and movements. Jung called this process of personal development and unfolding the individuation process.
Coaching teaches us about true companionship. It asks us to: be present, open and inquisitive, and embody the experience with the client so that the Soul can reveal itself. Tending to this process of personal development—individuation—of the client and the coach is the biggest gift that coaching offers.
‘Working in the helping profession—as a psychology lecturer, trainer, and coach—has helped me to recognize and deal with my codependency. But it has been a long journey to give up the role of the ‘savior’. Luckily this journey has brought a great sense of freedom in no longer feeling a need to help others all the time.’
Tracking our subjectivity in the helping profession is good practice. We can ask ourselves how our experience in the presence of another, might hold information for the other person’s struggles.
Learning about the barriers we’ve built against pain and love is how a heartbreaking experience can serve as a valuable teacher. By accepting the invitations of heartbreak, we learn about ourselves, about letting go and allowing renewal to take place so that we open ourselves up for love again.’ What are some of these inner barriers that we construct to protect ourselves against pain?
The moment we recognize how we limit ourselves, we begin to make space for our authentic and creative being to come through. Being a Jungian psychology-lover at heart, I believe it is useful to look at our romantic relationships—they carry vital information about ourselves and often reflect something about ourselves that we are unaware of. It is then useful to ask: What does the other reveal about myself?’ Read More.