Meet Our Board Members
Theresa Yuschok, President, is a psychiatrist in Chapel Hill, NC.
"I value the vibrant fellowship of others who explore the psychological and spiritual depths.
We engage with outstanding speakers and authors to shed light on applying Jung's ideas individually and collectively..
A college theater class taught by a psychoanalyst, "Psychological and Archetypal Approaches to Literature" introduced me to Jungian depth psychology and I have devoted decades to expanding my understanding psychologically, creatively and spiritually.
"Psychologically, I learned to recognize compelling complexes with an archetypal theme from myths or fairytales which replay in my life or current events. When I embrace the rejected "shadow", I find some gold treasure. Wrestling with inner conflict or interpersonal disagreement, I have appreciated the alchemy that, if I am patient, holding the tension of opposites, a third possibility emerges.
Creatively, I use active imagination such as written dialogue, art, sound, movement and associations to amplify symbols that cross my path in waking life or in dreams. The language of symbols enhances my creative writing.
Spiritually, Jung described a universal and innate religious instinct to strive to connect with the Transcendent.I honor and celebrate numinous experiences, synchronicities, search for meaning, journey to wholeness in myself and others.
My favorite quote is from Marie-Louise von Franz, "The experience of Self brings the feeling of standing on solid ground, inside oneself, on a patch of eternity, which even physical death cannot touch."
In my 70th year I have found in the Jung Society of the Triangle a welcoming and supportive community which has offered me not only numerous opportunities to increase my knowledge of different paths to genuine self knowledge by virtue of the many different speakers and workshops the Society sponsors, but also the opportunity to make new friends with whom I share the common interest of using this profound gift of a human life to grow both emotionally and spiritually.
I come from a pathologically enmeshed nuclear family, and the real beginning of my quest towards some genuine self understanding and relief from my personal confusion began in my senior year in high school when my distress finally began to break through what, up until that moment, I had experienced as impregnable internalized barriers to personal authenticity. In the years since, I have engaged in many hours of psychotherapy, spent much time in recording and puzzling over the meanings of my dreams, travelled many miles, hitchhiking alone in Europe for months at a time, travel which I loved and which often offered me profound opportunities not only for adventure but also for personal insight. I have read much, and that reading has proved to be very helpful, not only the writings of Jung, but also the works of the Scottish existentialist psychoanalyst R. D. Laing, the brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa, the American mythologist Joseph Campbell, the American anthropologist and communications theorist Gregory Bateson, and the great Russian novelist Dostoevsky, among others. I am happy at this moment in my life to have arrived at some awareness of the dynamics at play in my life.
Lee Lawrence was a university tax law professor, Certified Public Accountant, litigation consultant, and business entrepreneur prior to a Near Death Experience from meningitis that changed his life and perception of reality in 1988. Subsequently he changed his career path with a degree in psychology and continued studying and performing neuroscience research for over thirty years as a tool to understand human consciousness. His interest is in techniques that demonstrate that the human soul or spirit exists, and understanding the soul's structure and dynamics based upon a belief that religion(s) are theories and philosophies of the anatomy & physiology of the human soul and how it interacts with its environment. The human soul, including the stored memories of past experiences are physical objects to his perception as a result of the illness.
His techniques demonstrate that the human soul or spirit exists, and explains the soul's structure and its functions. He bypasses the critical mind and reveals the experiences stored in the soul that generate personality patterns and cognitive processing. This opens the door to reveal the emotional subconscious mind. The explanations on how and where memories are stored, processed and retrieved are beyond modern science's understanding and are supported by his profound demonstrations.
Lee has presented frequently in many venues including universities, churches, academic conferences and organization meetings across the USA and Europe.
Member at Large
Currently, a great deal of my time and energy is given to parenting three pre-school children with my partner. They are everything and helping them navigate their individual universes teaches me more about my own universe than any other experience that I have encountered. I love my little family, dearly. Professionally, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), with a private practice in Durham. In many ways and for several reasons, in my vocational arena I feel like I am living my dream. I grew up in Lincoln County, NC, however, I spent most of my adult life in California. I attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and obtained a Master of Divinity before completing a M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy. I became interested in Jungian ideas through a series of synchronistic experiences and relationships; the most consequential being my personal work with a Jungian analyst, which began in 2019. Through this, I began reading and listening to Jung and other Jungians like Marion Woodman, Edward Edinger, June Singer, James Hillman, Robert Moore, etc. I began doing dream-work. And, I also developed friendships with others who resonated with Jungian ideas. Engaging with Jungian material (which is so very vast) has helped me to become a more whole being, gain awareness, and become more curious. The Jungian community has become dear to me, so when we moved to Durham in June of 2021, connecting with the Jung Society of the Triangle was on the top of my to-do list. I am grateful to be on this journey of learning alongside of other kindred souls.
Kenneth Turner brings a variety of life experiences to his work with the board. He earned a PhD in Physics (Princeton, 1962), an MA in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (University of West Georgia, 2007), and passed the National Counselors exam. He has been an astronomer, an research administrator, a federal bureaucrat, an executive at a high tech start-up company, a college professor, an entrepreneur, and a psychotherapist. He has married, helped raise children (his own and others), lived abroad, been widowed twice, and retired. Kenneth holds certifications in the Body Centered Transformation work of Gay and Katlyn Hendricks, and in the Enneagram approach of Kathy Hurley and Theodorre Donson. He is an authorized facilitator for the Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging program and has been involved with Jungian psychology for more than forty years.