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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No matter what we’re discussing, I take an underlying depth informed perspective/orientation. What this means is that I’m highly attuned to the subtle, unconscious meaning behind your words, mannerisms, and the overall way you not only express yourself, but what you avoid expressing. I like to give my clients an opportunity to hear what I observe about you, so your healing process can include things you may not be aware are holding you back from healing.

— Tracy De Soto, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Nolensville, TN

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 ,

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

I am a mature therapist, having begun my practice after decades of integrating the natural world and the arts into education and other transformational work. Training under the close supervision of an experienced depth psychotherapist, I have considerable experience with work that is grounded in explorations of both our darkness and our light, where the depth of who we are and all we have experienced can be held and acknowledged so that it may be transformed.

— Amy Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New Paltz, NY

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

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

Depth therapy encompasses several different schools emerging from psychoanalytic and branching out into psychodynamic, object relations, relational and many others. I would say that while this therapy is fairly heavy in theory, the overall impact is a deepening of the patient/therapist relationship, with the emphasis placed on therapist stepping into the client's emotional experience with them safely and respectfully.

— April Watson, Psychotherapist

My specialization in graduate school was rooted in the Depth/Jungian tradition, and I have continued to study dreamwork and other imaginal techniques. I weave these into my practice whenever they facilitate deeper engagement of Self, Spirit, or World.

— Lauren Traitz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Through the study of dreams, images, symptoms, slips of the tongue, spontaneous humor, meaningful coincidences, and interpersonal engagements, depth psychologists attempt to understand the language and dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in their work with clients and in the world. Depth psychological approaches to psychological suffering attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known.

— Roderic Burks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Burbank, CA

Depth psychotherapy is a dynamic exploration of your life. Taken with a trusted and skilled guide, this collaborative journey can bring long-lasting relief from suffering and freedom from deeply engrained, self-defeating and unconscious patterns that keep you from being your self in the world and from living a more fulfilling life.

— David Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

Many forms of therapy are like placing a Band-Aid over an untreated wound. Depth-oriented therapy helps you go beneath the surface. Diving deep in therapy allows you to get to the root of the issues and problems you're facing so that you can free yourself up to live a more rich and meaningful life.

— Julia Lehrman, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

Depth therapy allows for an exploration of the unknown, or the unconscious self. It is a way for you to uncover parts of the self that may have been hidden. It may include dreamwork, breathwork, body movement and talking.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist

I draw from many of the psychodynamic/depth-oriented perspectives as they may applicable in my work, though my orienting framework is analytical (Jungian) psychology.

— Mike Lee, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

I am a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles with a specialization in spiritual and depth psychology.

— Lira Ravenel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , 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

Talk therapy often involves rehashing that which is conscious, yet much of what has the power to transform us for the better is far beyond our own personal experiences, whether we remember them or not. We are connected to a wide web of wisdom through what Jung called the collective unconscious, a field that can present itself to us in meaningful ways through dreams and expressive therapies. We can get in touch with psyche/soul & find connection to a greater whole through depth methods.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO