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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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

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
 

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
 

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 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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – C. G. Jung. Depth therapy honors both our inner and outer life, and views symptoms not as ‘problems,’ but as the voice of our soul speaking out. In therapy, we will enter on a collaborative and creative journey to explore and integrate the unconscious and conscious aspects of your experience, and help you find meaning, Self-understanding, and greater freedom in all aspects of your life.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in VALLEY VILLAGE, 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

Our therapists are here to listen and create space for you in a way that facilitates deep insight and healing. We welcome your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, relationships, dreams, and life stories. By exploring the symbolic world from a psycho-spiritual perspective of soul-making, we can come to understand how the soul creates and expresses itself through images and symbols. The process can lead to a greater sense of self and a healthier, more fulfilling life.

— Brown Therapy Center, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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

Talk therapy often involves rehashing that which is conscious, yet much of what has the power to transform us for the better is far beyond our own personal experiences, whether we remember them or not. We are connected to a wide web of wisdom through what Jung called the collective unconscious, a field that can present itself to us in meaningful ways through dreams and expressive therapies. We can get in touch with psyche/soul & find connection to a greater whole through depth methods.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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