Depth Therapy

Depth therapy, or depth psychology, refers to therapeutic approaches that take the unconscious into account. It is an interdisciplinary approach and therapists that practice depth therapy believe that everyone has traits they may not be aware of that influence their emotions, decisions, work, and life. The unconscious influence that these traits have may be negative, and depth therapy helps individuals better recognize these subconscious forces at work, so that they might better understand their present situation. A therapist specializing in depth therapy will work to help you gain more self-awareness in order to further develop positive traits and cope with the negatives. Think this approach may be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s depth therapy experts today!

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Depth therapy is about committing to the inward journey to help us better understand our personalities, impulses, tendencies, and unconscious thoughts and behaviors. We are all very complex beings and taking the long-term journey is sometimes needed to break through our own defenses and self-defeating behaviors and thoughts. When negative core beliefs are deeply imbedded in our psyches it takes some time to unlearn behaviors and thoughts and grow from our vulnerabilities.

— Daniel Lavelle, Licensed Professional Counselor in McLean, VA

Depth oriented therapy includes exploration of unconscious as well as conscious thoughts/feelings. Unconscious processes are often responsible for obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviors and for persistent or repetitive patterns in thoughts, feelings, and relationships. Focusing treatment on the unconscious can yield longer-lasting and ongoing improvement versus focusing on symptoms alone.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

We like to think we know everything, but doing this work it's become apparent there's a lot more going on than we can see. Beneath our everyday lives, there's a vibrant world of hidden thoughts, feelings, images and sensations, all acting on us in ways we don't realize. So when we look at personal transformation, it's not just about solving problems and becoming a better person, but learning about and respecting the great forces that are always working below our awareness.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

Throughout grad school and since I have been deeply engaged with the unconscious. I studied Depth psychology and particularly Carl Jung for many years. I have also been a client of Depth therapy off and on for many years. I am fascinated with how developing engagement with unconscious content can teach us so much about our lives and through that help us find meaning and transform us.

— Brent Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LOS GATOS, CA

Through the study of dreams, images, symptoms, slips of the tongue, spontaneous humor, meaningful coincidences as well as interpersonal engagements. Depth psychological approaches attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known. Healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transform

— Jerry Moreau, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

In depth (AKA psychodynamic) therapy, we work to uncover the unconscious patterns and beliefs that contribute to the outer symptoms and struggles that often manifest as anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, burnout, and more. This isn't a quick fix, yet I generally find that my clients benefit more quickly from this than they often expect. Whatever is bringing you to therapy right now, if we want to make it stop, we have to learn why it's happening.

— Maria Orr, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corvallis, OR

Within psychodynamic approaches, depth and Jungian orientations offer a creative view of the human psyche. The presence of story, imagination, dream-tending, art, expression, association, intuition, and the numinous are appreciated within the therapeutic relationship. These elements help to reveal unconscious material, personal, and collective complexes that are influencing one’s life and relationships.

— Rebecca Bruno, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Although I am not a trained Jungian Analyst, I am inspired by the works of Jung in his ability to find what I would call the true self. I think that honoring the subtle, mysterious aspects of consciousness can create a deep and meaningful bond between the clinician and client. I can explore the way your life experiences have paved identity formation. I work with clients to fill out the nuances of their life story, and explore themselves in unique ways they have not explored thus far.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I attended Pacifica Graduate Institute, a renowned school for Depth Psychology. My practice focuses on attending to your underlying core beliefs that are keeping you stuck in painful patterns.

— Grace Porter, Counselor in ,

In the interest of helping you get to know & accept yourself, I will guide you as we uncover the various layers of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, & desires. Depth therapy is all about getting to know those hidden, unconscious aspects of yourself so that you can work towards wholeness & lessen the power of your inner critic. Let therapy be the place you can share the parts of yourself that you usually keep hidden.

— Andreana Davies, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Montecito, CA

Our therapists are here to listen and create space for you in a way that facilitates deep insight and healing. We welcome your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, relationships, dreams, and life stories. By exploring the symbolic world from a psycho-spiritual perspective of soul-making, we can come to understand how the soul creates and expresses itself through images and symbols. The process can lead to a greater sense of self and a healthier, more fulfilling life.

— Brown Therapy Center, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

My journey into depth psychotherapy began during my undergraduate studies in German, Psychology, and Sociology, continued with my doctoral work in German, Jewish, and Scandinavian Studies, and expanded with my master’s work in counseling. My work is based on the principles of transpersonal psychology, Eastern and Western philosophies, thanatology, gender studies, and attachment theory.

— Lisa Rainwater, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winston Salem, NC

Depth therapy focuses on exploring aspects of your unconscious or parts of self that are difficult to access on your own. It's used to uncover unconscious thoughts or beliefs that impact your present situation.

— Spaces Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Throughout grad school and since, I have studied Depth Psychology. In particular, the work of Carl Jung. I also have experience as a client of Jungian analysis. I am fascinated with how engaging with unconscious content can help us learn so much about ourselves at a deep level, and through that help us find meaning and bring about transformation.

— Brent Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LOS GATOS, CA

Depth Therapy is based on the psychology of Carl Jung and believes you have a conscious and an unconscious life. The unconscious can be running the show without your knowledge. In this type of therapy I guide you through a process to help you access self awareness and inner wisdom as we gently uncover the parts of you that need conscious healing. We work from the inside out & we always uncover without shame or blame. This is how we start becoming more of who we are & less of who we are not.

— Christina Sheehan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR