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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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

In depth therapy, the goal is to help you bring to light those parts of the self that have been hidden in the unconscious, and blocks that may be preventing you from being the version of yourself to aspire to be. This is not a quick fix approach, and does not provide easy answers. It involves developing a trusting therapeutic alliance in which you will, over time, gain greater awareness of your programming from early childhood experiences, and heal old wounds in order to move forward.

— Amy-Lynn Gerber, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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 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 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 Berkeley, CA

Although I am not a trained Jungian Analyst, I am inspired by the works of Jung in his ability to find what I would say is the true self. I think that honoring the subtle, unconscious aspects of therapy can create a much more meaningful bond between the clinician and client. I will explore complexes and archetypes in the path to identity formation. Depth therapy is empowering in the sense that it focuses on the self, rather than pathologizing the client.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Chicago, IL