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

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

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

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 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

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

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

— Lira Ravenel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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 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

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

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 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 ,