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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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

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

I provide depth-focused psychotherapy and work from a trauma-informed, relational, and holistic perspective. This type of work is focused on delving deeper into emotional and behavioral patterns that get in a way of living fully and authentically (whatever that may be for you). My intention is to help you create a deeper connection to yourself, so you can come to a place of choice, internal freedom, and stop needing a permission to be yourself.

— Sladja Redner, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

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

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Downtown Saratoga, CA

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

Depth therapy relies on my 4 years of studying Jungian and Post-Jungian psychology. Depth work assumes that the personal and collective Unconscious are real, dynamic ways of relating to ourselves, other people, and the world as a whole. Dreams and mythology as well as a technique called active imagination (great for loosening creative blocks) are components of depth therapy.

— Aaron Mason, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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 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

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 attended Pacifica Graduate Institute, a renowned school for Depth Psychology. My practice focuses on attending to your underlying core beliefs that are keeping you stuck in painful patterns.

— Grace Porter, Counselor

Jungian based psychotherapy is a Depth Therapy. We look at unconscious elements that may be holding you back as well as some that can help you transform difficulties. The process of individuation is a key part of the process. Its about becoming attuned to your own unique self rather than living according to your developmental and cultural conditioning. Jung identified and named the collective unconscious which can simply be seen as our DNA evolving over centuries.

— Carolina Robb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mendocino, CA