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

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 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, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

“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

Depth therapy seeks to bring the unconscious into the light of awareness, for long term change and transformation.

— Tara Parker, Psychotherapist in Glenview, IL

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 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

Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Or at a crossroads? Have you tried traditional talk therapy and feel a yearning for something that’s, well, more soulful? According to the C.G. Jung Center (of Evanston, IL) website, "depth psychology refers to approaches...that are open to the exploration of the subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects of the human experience. A depth approach may...explore the unconscious and involve the study and exploration of dreams, complexes, and archetypes."

— Jessica "Chiara" Viscomi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 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

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

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

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

Together we work to bring the unconscious conscious through non judgmental exploration, inquiry and analysis as we seek to deepen our insight and integrate ourselves more fully.

— Erika Nelson (Accepting New Clients), Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA