About Depth Psychotherapy

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“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

The Body and the Mind

I use depth psychotherapy because I believe it is important to take into account the whole person; mind, body and spirit. I believe people have rich inner lives and paying attention to clues from the unconscious mind and the body can provide pathways towards growth and healing.

Making Conscious Choices

Our work together will encompass helping you to find your inner voice which can lead to a more deeply fulfilling and meaningful life. An outcome of self exploration is being able to make conscious choices about what you want and need which can guide you to unleash your unique nature and talents. This means not being directed solely by other people’s needs or by society’s “shoulds” and “have-tos”. This means being better able to weather the storms of life. This means following your true self and being who you really are.

Symptoms are not pathology

I don’t view symptoms as pathology. I see them as clues to unconscious and unresolved needs, pain and negative patterns of behavior. Symptoms, while causing suffering, also represent the longings of the Self to experience a deeper sense of one’s life purpose, potentiality and meaning.

The Depth Approach

When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.”
-Meister Eckhart

Depth work involves utilizing images and symbols from various sources to comprehend the language of the psyche and the Self. A variety of methods can be used to incorporate depth into psychotherapy such as art, dream work, journal or creative writing, active imagination or simply having a conversation about your inner world and what images you imagine. If this type of approach resonates for you, we can explore how these methods can enhance your individual path towards growth and healing. 

I have devoted more than twenty-five years to the study and experience of depth psychotherapy, dream work, active imagination and Jungian analysis. I have attended seminars at the CG Jung Institute in San Francisco and Los Angeles and currently serve on the board of the Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco and the board of the Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute in Lafayette.

The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” 
by Jonathan Shedler, PhD
“The goals of psychodynamic therapy include, but extend beyond, symptom remission. Successful treatment should not only relieve symptoms (i.e., get rid of something) but also foster the positive presence of psychological capacities and resources.”
Jonathan Shedler, PhD, authored this article which establishes psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. It’s more technical, but is a good description of the foundation of my approach to exploring each individual’s psyche in order to promote the greatest opportunity for transformation and healing.