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Depth Therapy

If you wish to understand yourself more fully, recover from the aftermaths of painful or traumatic experience or pursue other significant shifts in your psychological life, you may be interested in the opportunities offered by depth psychotherapy. This thoughtful process offers many potential benefits, including profound opportunities for self-development and change – a invaluable therapeutic experience for therapists and therapists on training desiring to investigate and understand the many influences that have shaped their lives and sense of self, whether our memories, culture, ancestry or temperament.

As we meet, we will begin to explore both your present-day life as well as your memories of the past, carefully noting and focusing our attention on your emotional and somatic experiences, as well as any dreams or associations evoked by the therapeutic process and your day to day life.  We will also reflect upon the psychological influences of “nurture, nature and fate” in your development, often factors of considerable significance in shaping the nuances, contours and eddies of our psychological lives.

Typically, depth-oriented psychotherapy extends over a period of years, often at a twice a week frequency. It provides an opportunity for an immersion in the exploration of all the influences that have converged in your life to create you. Since depth psychology also attends to the way unconscious processes express themselves in society and culture, and how culture and history effect the psyche, we will also examine the broader contexts that have shaped the person you have become.

If you are interested in the process of depth therapy, I would be happy to meet with you for an initial session to mutually explore our potential compatibility in working together.  For more information about the process of depth therapy, or about my approach, please read “About the Process” and “What to Expect” listed in the “My Approach” section of this web-site.

 

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS
by Wendell Berry