Depth psychology is a non-pathologizing, strengths-based approach to psychological healing and growth. The client and I work to shed light on the unknown parts of oneself, deep in the unconscious. It can be difficult to allow these bits of ourselves to surface - but in doing so, we can integrate what has now become conscious. As a result of becoming more "Self"-aware, many clients report an increase in their sense of agency and a mix of relief and increased confidence by being truer to who they discover themselves to be.
There are many types of depth work including: Jungian (Analytical Psychology), Freudian (Psychoanalytic Psychology), Existential, Humanistic, Transpersonal, Archetypal, Gestalt. I draw from each of these schools but the underlying drive of my work is to help clients embark on their path toward individuation - Jung's concept of becoming a more whole person.
Depth psychology approaches provide clients the freedom and safety to explore the subtle and transpersonal aspects of their human experience. As clients begin to integrate unconscious material and create a stronger relationship to their unconscious psyche, healing occurs as a result of the client being more authentically expressed. The use of image, symbol, dream content, imagination, creativity, story-telling, and archetypes are some of the myriad ways we can connect to our authentic "Self".
Dr. Lionel Corbett, trained medical doctor, psychiatrist, and Jungian Analyst, describes the difference between depth psychology and cognitive behavioral therapies.