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 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

The things we are conscious of are merely the tip of the iceberg. Our subconscious, which spans vast and deep beneath the surface, contains valuable information about what makes us who we are. By diving deep into the unconscious, we can uncover a greater sense of self-awareness and awaken to a different version of the human experience.

— Gretchen Goswitz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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 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

Through the study of dreams, images, symptoms, slips of the tongue, spontaneous humor, coincidences & interpersonal engagements. This work attempts 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 & integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness.

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

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

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

Depth therapy uses archetypal t symbology to guide us into the human psyche and the unconscious material that lies beyond the ego. We welcome the shadow for tea in my work. We get curious about what lies below the surface as much of our unconscious material is what guides our decision making. We use archetypes as a compass into where we may be in our soul's journey through dream work, symbology, art therapy, guided imagery, visions, rites of passage, and collective consciousness understanding.

— vanessa james, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

Offering Depth Psychotherapy was influenced by the work of Carl Jung and modern post-Jungian influences such as Woodman, Hillman, and Campbell. An emphasis is placed on the work of Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick with a focus on utilizing the book, "Loyalty to the Soul," and the "Light Within." The first is available on Audible, narrated by the authors, and on paperback. The second is available in paperback.

— Roderic Burks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, OR

Depth therapy is meant usually for people who feel they don't understand why life hasn't felt satisfying to them, why nothing works out over the long term, and why perhaps their relationships have been unsuccessful. Most of these issues involve unconscious conflicts and feelings that need to be uncovered over time. With the right help, though, someone can become much more successful over time, both in work and in love.

— Wendy S Kaiser, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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

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

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

With specialized training and consultation, I have always had a depth focus in my practice. What I've learned is that while some people need a brief period of support, others have layers of past experiences that need regular attention in order to attend to and build insight into in order to create healthy and lasting change. My many years of training and over a decade of experience practicing depth work informs me that these changes come from a place of self-awareness and integration.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA