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Ronald T. Curran, Ph.D.

Office: St. Clair Office Building/Suite 502
1725 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
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Profession: Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Psychotherapy (Jungian oriented)
Psychoanalysis (Jungian)
Practice Description: Pain, uncertainty, misery, and feelings of being lost emerge as we seek to find our individual path in life. However, feeling lost can be seen also as a painful but hopeful sign that it is time to be found. It can indicate the need to connect with your inner Self rather than to substitute unfulfilling forms of social adjustment or premature conclusions about personal failure.

My approach to finding oneself considers symptoms like depression, anxiety, and bipolarity to be 'red flags' indicating your need to seek new insight into your past, present, and future. These disruptive moods are not necessarily pathological; in fact, they often foreshadow transformation and change in the form of renewal of the personality or an emergence of creative activity.

While I am a Certified Jungian Psychoanalyst with fifteen years of clinical experience, I often employ an eclectic mixture of current therapeutic theories to restore meaning and direction to individuals' lives. Nonetheless, I also work with dreams, symbols, films, fairy tales, paintings, and other symbolic material that have had an emotional impact on you. These sources often mirror inner unconscious issues that have yet to be made conscious, analyzed, and included in your sense of self. This emphasis works well with individuals in creative fields.

Dreams do not deceive, lie, distort, or disguise; they indicate the presence of an inner voice speaking symbolically and seeking to express something that you need to know, but do not. You have an inner Self that functions as much like an eye to the future as it does an understanding of the past. Its existence argues that you are far more than the sum of your social roles and professional accomplishments. As strange as it may sound, success in the world may trigger a feeling of inner emptiness and a sense of being a fraud.

My therapeutic approach focuses on you as a unique individual. It recognizes that you have a Self in the sense that there is an inner form of guidance available to you, if you have the genuine desire to connect with it. I will work with you as a guide in your journey toward wholeness, not as someone with all the answers. I realize that what we need to work on and understand lies within you, not me. I can't know anything important without your input. Our process together will be a cooperative one focused on healing and growth--both yours and mine--unfolding in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Jungian Psychoanalysis/Psychotherapy
Sexual Abuse
Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality)
ADHD
Adjustment Disorder
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Anger Management
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Asperger's Syndrome
Bipolar Disorder
Co-dependency
Communication Disorders
Crisis/Trauma
Depression
Dissociative Disorders
Divorce/Dissolution
Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Eating Disorders
Grief/Loss
Life Transitions
Men's Issues
Parenting Issues
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
PTSD
Relationship Issues
Self-esteem
Sexual Abuse
Stress Management
Women's Issues
Age Specialties: Children
Adolescents
Adults
Elders
Session Formats: Individual
Couples
Clinical Case Supervision
Treatment Approaches: Developmental
Eclectic
Existential/Humanistic
Interpersonal
Intersubjective
Jungian
Object Relations
Person-Centered
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Psychoeducational
Additional Demographic Expertise: Middle Eastern
Muslim
Certification #: P041658
Certified By: National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP)
Professional Affiliations:
International Association for Analytical Psychology
Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts
Fee Schedule: Sliding Scale from $70 to $100
Accepted Insurance: No Insurance/Sliding Scale Based on Income
Office Hours: By Appointment
Driving Directions: From the Northeast (Fox Chapel and surrounding areas), take route 28 South to 279 South. Then take the Greentree exit and follow Greentree Road towards Mt. Lebanon. You will be on Greentree Road for approximately two miles. You will pass a combination residential/lbusiness area. (The Carriage Park Apartments will be on your left.) Continue on Greentree Road/Route 19 South, and you will pass Mt. Lebanon High School on your right. Eventually you will come to another "T." This will be where Cochran Road meets Washington Road. Turn right onto Washington and Ft. Couch Roads. As you approach this intersection,make sure that you are in the far left-hand lane. At this point, a Walgreens store will be on your left and Boston Market will be on your right. Turn left onto Ft. Couch Road and make an immediate left into Walgreens' parking lot. Continue straight forward up a small embankment where you will find the St. Clair Building surrounded by a large parking lot. This is where my office is located. Go around to the front of the building, enter the lobby, and take the elevator to the fifth floor. My office is #502. When you exit the elevator on the fifth floor, turn left. My office is the first one on your left.

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Additional Comments: SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Curran, R.T. (2005) Kali, Individuation, & the Primordial Unconscious. PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES. 48, no 2, 172-189.

Curran, R.T. (2005) Reply to Wolfgang Giegerich's THE END OF MEANING & THE BIRTH OF MAN. JOURNAL OF JUNGIAN THEORY & PRACTICE, 6, ii, 63-65

Curran, R.T. (1998) 'Cat Burglar' in the Topkapi Palace: The Double Binds of Therapy with Dissociative Identity Patients (two-part article) QUADRANT: JOURNAL OF THE C. G. JUNG FOUNDATION OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, XXVII & XXVIII, 65-78 & 31-48.

Curran, R.T. (1995) Frogs, Princes, & Individuation: A Jungian Reading of DELIVERANCE. MASCULINITIES, 3, 3, 46-68.

Curran, R.. (1992) Complex, Archetype, & Primal Fear: Stephen King's Use of Fairy Tales in THE SHINING , in THE DARK DESCENT (Analysis of a Child's Dream/Greenwood Press), 33-46.

Curran, R..T. (1991) 'Snow White,' 'Cinderella,' & 'Dracula': When the Ferris Wheel Stops, in PSYCHE'S STORIES, II (Chiron Press), 93-110.

SUPPLEMENTARY QUALIFICATIONS:

I got my early clinical training at a United Way Agency (Family Resources) where I worked for six years exclusively in the area of physical and sexual abuse.

I was a member for four years of an ongoling weekly seminar at the University of Pittsburgh's teaching hospital WESTERN PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE AND CLINIC with a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatric nurses, and residents. We functoned as a city-wide resource for therapists working with Dissociative Identity patients, which were then diagnosed as Multiple Personality Disorder. My dissertation (passed "with distinction" was titled "Multiple Personality Disorder & Jung's Complex Theory." Further, I taught seminars on Jungian psychoanalysis to the psychiatric residents at WPIC.

I have over 4,000 documented supervised clinical hours. I have been supervised by psychologists, psychatrists, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysts, as well as clinical social workers.

I have over 700 documented hours of academic and clinical training in my Jungian psychoanalhytic training program (IRSJA/ 7 years), including seminars, lectures, workshops, and tutorials.

As a tenured professor, I have taught courses in Jungian psychoanalyss and literature at the University of Pittsburgh since 2000.

I am a senior training analyst who teaches in the IRSJA institute program in Pittsburgh where I instruct and supervise candidates. I have taught clinically-based seminars focused on dream analysis,dissociative identity, psychopathology, narcissism, attachment, and object relations as well as mythology and folklore from an archetypal perspective. My most recent course, "Neuroscience, Object Relations, & Jungian Analysis (2010) reflects my recent research and study in the area Neuroscience and Psychotherapy. To know the "mind" fully, one has also to understand the "brain;" biology and psyche cannot be separated if psychotherapy is to be wholistic in nature.

I have taught at the University of Maryland (Near East/Turkey), the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and the University of Pittsburgh.

PHONE AND EMAIL CONTACT:

Via cell-phone (412) 848-0155) and email (rtcurran@pitt.edu), I am availabl 24/7.

LOCATION:

From the Northeast (Fox Chapel and surrounding areas), take route 28 South to 279 South. Then take the Greentree exit and follow Greentree Road towards Mt. Lebanon. You will be on Greentree Road for approximately two miles. You will pass a combination residential/business area. (The Carriage Park Apartments will be on your left.)

Continue on Greentree Road until it comes to a "T" with Cochran Road which will become Route 19 South. Continue on Cochran Road/Route 19 South, and you will pass Mt. Lebanon High School on your right. Eventually you will come to another "T". This will be where Cochran meets Washington Road.

Turn right onto Washington Road/Route 19 South and continue on Route 19 South until you reach the intersection, make sure that you are in the far left-hand lane. At this point, a Walgreens store will be on your left and Bostom Market will be on your right.

Turn left onto Ft. Couch Road and make an immediate left into Walgreens' parking lot. Continue forward up a small embankment where you will find the St., Clair Building surrounded by a large parking lot. This is where my office is located. Go around to the front of the building, enter the lobby, and take the elevator to the fifth floor. My office is #502. When you exit the elevator on the fifth floor, turn left. My office is the first one on your left.
 

Ronald T. Curran, Ph.D., Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst in Pittsburgh

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Years in Practice:  16-20
Gender:  Male
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  No
Public Transportation:  Yes

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