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!

Meet the specialists

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

— Kerry Cohen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

One can address symptoms and deal with them but until and unless we have worked through the underlying root cause(s) the issues will re-surface in some form or shape. therefore i love to do depth work and my clients find it highly rewarding, because when they plumb their depths they find incredible treasures of self-acceptance, unconditional love, profound peace and incredible joy. it takes trust, commitment and courage to do depth work.

— Meenal Chaudhari, Counselor in Downtown Saratoga, 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

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

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

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 Highland, NY

I prefer to work with people on the core of what is bothering them, rather than remaining exclusively in the realm of symptom management. I find that dealing with the core, vulnerable issues a client is presenting is more effective over time than only managing. To this end I create a safe place for the client to look deeply into what they fear in their psyche and help them hold and integrate this in a way that makes sense for them. It can be difficult, and immensely rewarding!

— Rayne Banneck, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Skimming the surface doesn't go far enough. You deserve real relief for whatever's getting in the way of you living the fun and fulfilling life you want. Deepening into your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations can help you get to know yourself on a soul level. From this place, you can take the risk of moving from familiar waters to exploring the unknown. You can follow your own pace and curiosity, and you can count on me to bring my warm, supportive presence to the process.

— Jessica Weikers, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

So much of who we are lies under the surface of our thoughts. Our psyche speaks to us in dreams, emotion, bodily symptoms, and images. Depth therapy takes us on a journey to our inner world where we can reconnect with creativity, inspiration, and forgotten aspects of our self.

— Devona Snook, Counselor in San Francisco, 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

This is another way of describing psychodynamic treatment. In the course of many psychodynamic treatments long buried feelings and memories often come to light and often impact ones understanding of oneself in a deep resonating manner

— Deborah Hellerstein, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

We can work together on your dreams and your self-expression through art work, poetry, creative writing, etc., to help gain insight into the patterns being played out in your life. I completed my Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute in March of 2018. My perspective and approach draws from the work of Carl Jung, James Hillman, Donald Kalsched, Marion Woodman, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

— Kristen Hornung, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Encinitas, CA

Some clients have immediate problems they need help navigating, but often people come to therapy with a more general sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the way they interact with others or in difficult situations. I love helping clients develop a deep understanding of their patterns, and move towards more satisfying ways of being. I was trained in this type of therapy during graduate school, and have continued to broaden my understanding of how to help clients make these changes.

— Annette Holloway PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Skimming the surface doesn't go far enough. You deserve real relief for whatever's getting in the way of you living the fun and fulfilling life you want. Deepening into your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations can help you get to know yourself on a soul level. From this place, you can take the risk of moving from familiar waters to exploring the unknown. You can follow your own pace and curiosity and can count on me to bring my warm, supportive presence to this process of discovery.

— Jessica Weikers, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 Highland, NY

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

Depth psychotherapy is a way of saying that the unconscious is important. In this type of work, we are not just looking to problem solve, although that may be part of the process. Instead, we are looking at underlying patterns, motivations, and origins. We may work with dreams, sand tray, imagery, expressive art, or body posture and sensation to explore what's really going on underneath the presenting story. This kind of work can be deeply healing and restorative as we give the soul a chance to express itself and be heard.

— Jennifer Wohl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR