What is Depth Psychology?

By January 29, 2015

Today’s psychology focus is on Depth Psychology. You will love this approach if:

  • You are a person who has a spiritual practice or wants one.
  • You are an artist who appreciates the “mytho-poetic” of life’s joys and suffering.
  • You desire greater connection to an inner life and the voices or your inner figures.
  • You want a transpersonal approach to personal growth from a “non-dualistic” perspective.

depth-psychologyDepth psychology is the study of soul, the soul within us and the soul around us.

It began with the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung who devoted study to the unconscious. Depth psychology particularly values dreams, imagination, and symptoms as ways of knowing ourselves and our world more deeply.

Depth psychology has expanded into different areas of study, such as archetypal psychology which draws its inspiration from the arts and humanities, and into ecological and cosmological studies which sees the world itself as ensouled. Depth psychology also has a strong advocacy for archetypal activism which is to carry our work into the world with the intention of addressing its suffering.

What tools might a depth psychologist use in a counseling session?

  • Guided imagery
  • Dialoging with inner figures that appear as psychological or physical symptoms
  • Dream analysis
  • Sandtray, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy
  • Re-framing personal history as mythology, narrative on the now

Resources for further exploration:

Spring Journal is a quarterly publication of articles written from this perspective.

Pacifica Graduate Institute hosts public programs on topics central to Depth’s consideration.

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