Many people come into therapy thinking they need to fix something within that is wrong or broken. The truth is there isn't anything 'wrong' with any of us.
Human frustrations, disappointments, depression, traumas, and other challenges are often times the result of the friction between one's unconscious and conscious mind.
Depth work sheds light on the unknown parts of one's psyche. This type of individual therapy helps clients work through the tension of what our ego (conscious) wants and what our self (unconscious) is trying to communicate to the ego.
By cultivating a respect for and relationship with the unconscious, clients stand a much greater chance at navigating their lives with authenticity and grace.
Every client and every session is unique. There is no structured format with depth work. We work in-the-moment and gently approach challenging subjects at the client's pace.
Because my work is relational, trust and rapport are vital in the therapy room. I arrive in the therapy room authentically and with my own human experience. It common to spontaneous yet appropriate lighthearted moments interspersed with emotionally heavy material. We may share tears. There may even be times when a client feels like cursing at the clinician. The therapeutic relationship provides a safe arena for all of these possibilities to exist in the service of the clients personal growth.
As a person-centered, experiential depth clinician, my work with each client is unique to their psyche. Some clients are artistically expressed, others respond better to somatic work, and even others prefer logical understanding of emotional processes and behaviors. When appropriate, we may borrow interventions from other modalities like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or Internal Family Systems (IFS), etc., in a way that provides some structure for the client but we tweak the intervention slightly to allow for the unconscious to be present.
Regardless of the struggles a client faces, individual therapy and depth work can be profoundly impactful in a person's development over a lifetime.
"Healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness. Depth Psychology also attends to the way unconscious processes express themselves in society and culture, and how culture affects the psyche."
Pacifica Graduate Institute