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

Depth therapy approaches can draw on psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I aim to assist adults and couples to build insight and work towards individuation through a strong therapeutic alliance.

— Brian Benjamin, Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The depths, darkness, or the shadow. When we thing of these things we often think of fear, or pain, but within the depths we can find - or realize - our strengths and understand the extent or our resilience. We begin by identifying unconscious behaviors, then, we look to the shadow to confront the demons that lay therein. Once we begin working within the shadow, we begin soul (psyche) work, we begin the process of individuation, healing, growth.

— Jeremy Grisham, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Everett, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 therapy looks at the story untold, or the aspects of yourself that may not be conscious, but are seeking for a way to be expressed in your conscious life. I help you see more of the arch of your personal story and help you discover and live more of your own personal path of individuation.

— Jessica Barnese, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

— Kerry Cohen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 allows people resolve their difficulties once and for all by healing old traumas and learning healthy coping skills. I use depth approach to bring love and compassion into your relationship with yourself and others.

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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

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