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 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 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
 

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

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 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 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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

I use my training and background in Jungian, post-Jungian and archetypal psychology to listen and understand on a deeper level what clients are experiencing. In depth psychology, symptoms are understood as the psyche's way of speaking and making itself heard, and sometimes as invitations to lead a life more attuned to the callings of the soul (however you may define it). Imagery in artwork and dreams can also inform this process.

— Anne Gustafson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

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 Pacific Palisades, CA
 

Depth Psychology is rooted in Freudian and Jungian notions that unconscious factors affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By exploring the unconscious through active imagination, dream work, shadow work, and soul exploration, one can better know themself. In the depth tradition, we explore the world mythopoetically, allowing us to understand and make meaning of our lives through myth, metaphor, and poetry.

— Kara Petersen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

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
 

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

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 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