Elaine Molchanov, LCSW, ACSW


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B.S. in Psychology: University of Illinois, Chicago (1968)
M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1970)
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Professional Organizations
International Association of Analytical Psychology
C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Analyst Member
Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS), Board Member

Born in Chicago, I finished my B.S. and M.S.W. by age 21, then moved to Austin, Texas to work at the University of Texas’s student mental health clinic. I began to have dreams and experiences that pointed me towards Jung (particularly the workshop “Finding God in the Unconscious” at the Jung Hotel in New Orleans!). Discovering Harry Wilmer, the only Jungian analyst in Texas, I began analysis and training. I practiced sandplay and visual art with Joan Buresh in Santa Fe, and through a dream was called to India and Siddha Yoga. The story of my life subsequently has been the interface between Jungian psychology and spiritual practice.

I married Al Collins and moved to Alaska, where our two children (an artist and a religion scholar) were raised, joining the Chicago Institute in 2009. I’m especially drawn to transformation of personality through Jungian and spiritual practices, and often use art and sandplay with adults, children, and teens.

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Snakes and Ladders: The Play of Consciousness in the Sand

Elaine Molchanov, LCSW, ACSW. 40 minutes. Video & Audio Download. Topics: Archetypes, Individuation, Mind and Body, Religion and Spiritu..
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