Depth Psychology

Depth Psychology

Depth psychology is a form of psychotherapy that aims to recognize and treat the deeper unconscious layers of human experience. Developed by well recognized clinicians such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Donald Winnicott (among others), this method explores the underlying motives and unconscious drives associated with behavioral and cognitive processes.

Using depth methods depends significantly on the presenting problem that the client is facing. A few examples of when this method could apply are as follows:

  • Resolving interpersonal conflicts
  • Processing unresolved grief
  • Creating meaning around painful events
  • Increasing insight and perspective around rigid and unhealthy thoughts and self-concepts
  • Helping younger children access emotional experiences without relying on self-awareness or strong language skills

Ways of addressing these deeper and split from conscious aspects of ourselves can be accomplished in many ways including:

  • Dream interpretation
  • Exploration of symbols and other meaningful forms of mythology
  • Sand tray and play
  • Art and the creative process

Both children and adults can benefit from this method of psychotherapy, though it is not appropriate for all mental health issues.

A few of our therapists incorporate depth psychology in their practices. During your treatment, you can explore this form of treatment with your clinician to assess if using these tools would benefit your healing process.