Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung believed that the Unconscious was a real, dynamic, creative source of energy, images, and stories. When combined with mindfulness, the expressive arts, or body-focused care, tapping into the Unconscious can be very healing. Storytelling can also be a powerful bridge to the Unconscious and a helpful aspect of depth therapy.
Atheists and agnostics are welcome. If you remember your dreams, that is enough. Or if you are interested in archetypes (the potential for cross-cultural patterns ranging from world mythology figures to comic book characters to celebrities), you may be ready to go deeper in therapy. No specific faith, religion, or belief system is required. Only an open mind and some comfort with your own imagination are needed. That part, letting the imagination play again, can take practice for adults.
People who do not think they have much artistic ability may be surprised to learn that most problem-solving methods use creativity. Accessing the Unconscious is not about talent. It is about finding your inner resources, balancing the dark and light aspects of yourself. While I am not an art therapist, I have experience using art to express images, feelings, or memories that come up in depth sessions.
Jung is definitely a controversial figure. While he was interested in several cultures and world religions, some of his writings perpetuated racist, patriarchal ideas. My appreciation for his theories is balanced by my study of feminism, critical race theory, social justice activism, decolonization, and queer studies.
I believe that depth psychology should be accessible. It has great potential to empower people in marginalized groups. For this reason, I offer free or low-cost workshops on LGBTQIA+ archetypes and queer spirituality.
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I have experience using the Jungian method of active imagination. This process can be applied to dreams. With a bit of guidance, anyone can use their own imagination to start a dialogue with a dream figure, image, or memory.
For people who do not remember their dreams, other images can be used just as effectively. Active imagination is different from analysis.
Active imagination is also an excellent way to help you get un-stuck, whether the issue is writer's block, depression, anxiety, or another creative obstacle.
Depth psychology has changed my own life in countless ways. Working with the Unconscious can be playful, rewarding, fun, transformative, and unpredictable. It can also be terrifying. People with histories of severe trauma should use caution before diving into the depths.
I believe that the science of cognitive therapy and the spiritual potential of depth can be co-integrated into new hybrids. Thus, my practice and this site are called Cognitive Depth Therapy.
People are complicated and no one therapy fits everyone. Finding a holistic, integrated balance between science and art, mind and body, self and other, can be rare. I want to do my part to help bridge those gaps.