Depth Psychology

Definition

Depth Psychology as a therapeutic practice recognizes the psyche is at the heart of our human suffering and growth.  The word psychology is derived of two root words: psyche and logosPsyche is Greek for “soul,” and in Latin is, “animating spirit.”  Logos is a rational and organizing principle connected with “word” and “knowledge.”  Therapy is derived from therapia, which is Latin for “taking care of,” while in Greek it means, “to cure.”  Depth psychology is, at its essence, caring for (therapia) and engaging in discourse to develop knowledge (logos) of the mysterious animating spirit, the deep soul (psyche).  In short, it is caring for the soul.

 

Origins

Moving into relationship with our own soul is a path to individuation as Carl Jung described.  Individuation is a process whereby we each move toward wholeness and living a full and meaningful life that is unique for each person.  It recognizes that there are archetypal and mythic underpinnings in every person’s life.  As we become aware of these patterns we can find our authentic way of being in the world and live a life inspired from our individual, in-divisible deep source.  Often emotional suffering­—particularly due to relationship and vocation—as well as illness, depression, and addictions are symptoms of the soul.  My approach is to move into relationship to the archetype at the core of the complex or wounding and find meaningfulness in it.  As a depth therapist I provide a supportive relationship that helps the individual live an authentic, unique, and creative life that is meaningful and purposeful.

 

  • “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

     

    Carl Jung

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