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 involves exploring deeply rooted, often unconscious negative beliefs that can limit and hurt us. Those beliefs are formed in early childhood, but they affect us at any age unless we explore and understand them. Depth therapy is a long-term process because it takes time to build trust in therapeutic relationship.

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Being Adlerian, we work on understanding how a child, or you as an adult find belonging and significance, identifying ways of relating with others or the tasks of life that no longer serve you, replacing those approaches with more useful ways, through lifestyle assessments and Adlerian therapy.

— Catherine Gruener, LCPC, NCC, Counselor in Oak Brook, IL

All of my education is in the field of Depth Psychology. My doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology has an emphasis in Depth Psychology. What does depth therapy mean anyway....... depth psychology looks to traditions of depth thinkers such as the psychoanalytic, Jungian, and archetypal approaches. This means I'm looking at your individual makeup, patterns, and experiences, but also how your journey relates to broader mythic elements, unconscious factors, dreams, and images.

— Marjorie Cohn, Clinical Psychologist

Therapy is a space for you to explore more about your inner and outer life. By exploring with a non-judgmental presence in the room, you are able to see your experience with new context and from new perspectives. By expanding your view of your life, you can see new possibilities, lay old hurts to rest, and envision your future for yourself.

— Connor Moss, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

There are times in our lives when we reach a spiritual crisis. It may be as a result of a loss. Someone in the church may betray us. We may remember our past abuse. These crises in faith may rob us of our spiritual foundation. We may become alienated from our former beliefs. I believe that we are not just a brain in a body. We are all spiritual as well as physical being. Relating to our depths can make all the difference.

— Daniel Davis, Counselor in Santa Clara, CA

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

— Lira Ravenel, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Psychodynamic and attachment theory are the foundation of my training. While we will not spend every session discussing your family of origin, we will hold this early blueprint and the ways that this shaped you while exploring the impact on your current experience. I incorporate the wisdom traditions and dreamwork to support an understanding of the unconscious.

— Ali Psiuk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I believe that we need to process stories from the past that repeat themselves in the present. This involves looking at themes, patterns, feelings, internal processes that might be buried or glossed over in daily life. By tapping into these feelings, we are able to do the hard work of having integrity internally while dealing externally in different environments.

— Marc Anderson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Seattle, WA

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 psychotherapy describes a range of approaches to therapy that take the unconscious into account, rather than one specific modality. This interdisciplinary approach to treatment is based on the idea that all people possess traits or elements of nature that may influence, often unconsciously, their natural processes. These approaches combine elements of psychoanalysis and Jungian psychology, with transpersonal psychology and existentialism among the other notable influences.

— Alex Tsai, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN CARLOS, CA

I utilize the techniques of Carl Jung, Marianne Woodman, and other Depth psychologists, which include exploring dreams, symbols, metaphor and movement.

— Lisa SLOAN STROM, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I completed a focused, 2-yr training in depth theory & methods at the SF Jung Institute & an integrative training blending depth, somatic, & relational approaches at California Pacific Medical Center, also in SF. I see your psyche as a health-seeking system that communicates your deepest truths in symbolic ways, often through image, fantasy, or bodily impulses. I work to help you relate to what is unknown in yourself & to make meaning from it. I also offer dreamwork.

— Elaina Barulic, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I do medium to long term therapy with my clients, working beyond easy or behavioral fixes.

— Kerry Cohen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Jungian focused, looking at dreams, the unconscious and consciousness, and the concept of the Self, which is separate from the Ego. Uncovering the cultural and societal layers of disruption to then be able to get to the healthy and whole Self.

— Stephanie McDonald, Therapist in Bellingham, WA

I fell in love with Depth therapy during my Masters program and received training in it for over a year. Depth therapy refers to accessing parts of ourselves that may be deep within us, or in the subconscious. In my practice, I aim to help people become aware of those parts of themselves and to work through those emotions and experiences. The result is becoming a more whole and integrated human being, one who can bring to light their hidden parts, soothe them and gain awareness.

— SkyeBlu Cutchie, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have a background and ongoing training in Jungian psychotherapy. Through this orientation, we work on opening up the communication between the conscious and unconscious aspects of psyche. This can happen in the here-and-now, via dream work, or astrology/tarot work.

— Sally Hildreth, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Experientially oriented therapies help clients learn how to stay with & really feel into the inner depth of their lived-experience. This is a level of our existence that we typically don’t pay attention to. This therapy helps clients develop the capacity to operate out of a wider & deeper system of knowing that includes but reaches beyond thought. To function out of this perspective is to engage in direct experiential knowing through awareness, which is the ongoing knowingness of the mind-body.

— Dr. Johnathon Neda, Clinical Psychologist in Costa Mesa, CA

Jungian and depth psychotherapy are the approaches that made me feel at home with psychotherapy, and one of the biggest ways that I personally approach my own integrated wellness. Considering the deeper processes of the psyche, at work in dreams, art, stories, and imagery, is a process that often underlies the situations and struggles we experience on the surface. Not all clients are looking for deeper explorations, but for those who are, I am willing to dive the depths with you.

— Rae Blaisdell, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Depth psychotherapy refers to the process of bringing to light those parts of the self that have been hidden in the unconscious, parts which are often difficult to surface alone. As a therapeutic orientation, it is generally less solution-focused, linear, or prescriptive, and takes into account the subjective meaning that human beings give to their experiences. There is a strong emphasis on the therapy relationship and relational experiences when meeting.

— David Sachs, Counselor in Roseville, CA

No one can know you and understand your needs until you do. Give yourself permission to slow down. Remember who you are, what you are made of, and why you are here. Discerning your innate truths is a deeply therapeutic process enhanced in reflective collaboration. Together we'll... ...uncover what is needful of seeing and mending. ...shed outdated layers of inhibitions and conformity. with your intuition and ancestral wisdom. ...unblock the creative wildness that lives within your soul. ...explore the stories you tell yourself and how those stories affect your relationships. Everything from your own birth and childhood, through your emerging awareness of your own sexual self, your exploration of life partnership, mating, parenthood, aging and beyond. ...practice new regulation skills to support your journey back into connection with your self and the relationships that fulfill you.

— Rebecca Wong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Paltz, NY

Depth therapy is a term for therapy that looks deeper than symptoms into the unconscious. This includes spiritual concerns that impact health and well being, deep exploration into repeated patterns of behavior and the roots of this behavior, dream work and creative expression.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

I utilize the Depth Therapy orientation in my approach to working with clients, helping to process past lived experiences, unconscious material, and imagery/symbolism to help with understanding current impacts. It is important to resolve past ailments and raise conscious awareness to how we are influenced by prior lived experiences. I work with clients to ensure that therapy is tailored to their needs, and will sometimes utilize other approaches or modalities when appropriate.

— Allison Gary, Counselor in Denver, CO

Depth therapies (Jungian, existential, and process-oriented approaches) have been a central part of my research for the past ten years, and I was fortunate to gain specialized training and supervision in these approaches through post-graduate training.

— Avi Vodnoy Wolf, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHICAGO, IL

Much of my personal work has been deeply existential and transformative in a way I did not know possible for much of my life. I recognize that both the conscious and unconscious play crucial roles in how we exist within the world, and it is a unique path for each individual to awaken to the unconscious within themselves. This can include exploration of the feminine and masculine archetypes, the patriarchy of our culture today, the shadow self, and other Jungian concepts.

— Emma Shearer, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Atlanta, GA