Depth therapy is a therapeutic practice based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung. Depth therapy is founded on the belief that most mental health issues are caused by unconscious motivations and that revealing and exploring these motivations is the key to healing. Although there are many different approaches that fall under the umbrella of depth therapy, one unifying goal of therapists who specialize in depth therapy is to integrate the unconscious mind with the conscious.
How does Depth Therapy work?
Depth therapy sessions work as an exploration of the unconscious and involves the therapist and client building a strong relationship as aspects may require high levels of trust and acceptance. Session involve exploration of present life events and past experiences with the therapist supporting development of self-awareness and inner wisdom within their client.
Treatment explores unconscious conditions and gives the individual support and guidance to consciously examine and question these. Through uncovering and examining information the individual can then use this knowledge to and consciously development more positive traits and elements with the aim of eventually building these into their self as unconscious, instinctive traits.
Techniques used in depth therapy may include: Socratic questioning, which a series of warm and gentle, but also challenging, questions. These questions are used to help people develop an increased awareness of their unconscious motivations and early experiences. Guided imagery, which is guides an individual to exploration of the full sensory experience of early memories. The therapist supports awareness and encourages their client with remembers early images. Role playing future scenarios, which can be include practice with progressively more challenging scenarios, to allow individuals the opportunity to practice new behaviours and ways of thinking with the acceptance of the therapist.
Issues Depth Therapy can help with
Individuals with deep-rooted anxieties or emotional concerns, trauma or issues they cannot fully comprehend may find this therapy to be beneficial. Individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, sexual concerns, relationship issues, compulsions or other challenges may benefit from exploring their unconscious emotions.