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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Although I am not a certified Jungian Analyst, I would consider myself by and large a depth-oriented therapist. I enjoy working with the "soul" and how the external world and your experiences may be impacting your internal world.

— Tegan Rowley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Englewood, CO

I see the specific issues that we all face as part of our larger growth and development as human beings. Understanding ourselves deeply is valuable in and of itself, but also in helping us to make wiser, more effective choices in our relationships and lives.

— Patrick Grugan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

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

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
 

I take inspiration from the works of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and those who have followed in their footsteps. I believe that communication with the unconscious mind through dreamwork and active imagination can help us to access the wisdom of our inner depths. I continue to pursue education in depth psychology through the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Oregon Friends of Jung, Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, and the Salome Institute of Jungian Studies.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

I trained under the supervision of an experienced depth therapist. In my own work I have witnessed how distress and suffering is often rooted in earlier experiences when love and connection may have been thwarted -- we suffer trauma to our bodies, our souls. We adapt in ways that cease to serve us. Exploring our darkness as well as our light, in the safe compassionate space of therapy, allows us to reconnect to our vitality and wholeness, opening up new possibilities for living and relating.

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

Depth therapies are primarily concerned with healing the wounds from both childhood and early childhood (pre-verbal). It is assumed this is where the wounds began, mainly from 0-5 y/o. After that, we just keep repeating this wounded way of being. Depth therapy helps the client regress into childhood and release this contracted energy, so we can develop naturally into the person we were meant to be.

— Robert Teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA

Together we work to bring the unconscious conscious through non judgmental exploration, inquiry and analysis as we seek to deepen our insight and integrate ourselves more fully.

— Erika Nelson (Accepting New Clients), Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

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

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

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
 

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

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – C. G. Jung. Depth therapy honors both our inner and outer life, and views symptoms not as ‘problems,’ but as the voice of our soul speaking out. In therapy, we will enter on a collaborative and creative journey to explore and integrate the unconscious and conscious aspects of your experience, and help you find meaning, Self-understanding, and greater freedom in all aspects of your life.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in VALLEY VILLAGE, 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

In my time in private practice, most clients choose to work with me long term. Once we have achieved the primary goal that the client came in for, clients find other work they would like to focus on in order to improve their lives.

— Heather Kalso, Clinical Social Worker
 

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