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Depth Therapy in Fort Collins

Origins and Core Concepts

Depth psychology explores the deep-seated and often unconscious aspects of ourselves that often drive our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Rooted in the work of Jung, depth delves beneath the surface to explore our more hidden parts in order to understand ourselves more fully

Four Pillars and Depth

Kelly's background included an additional year of grad school at Regis University studying and certifying in Depth Psychology. This training is reflected in her work with clients and the work of all the therapists she supervises. A background in Depth Psychology gives the therapists at Four Pillars a creative and flexible approach to their clinical work, as well as a broad language of metaphor and symbol 

Techniques and Practices

Modern depth psychology encompasses a variety of therapeutic approaches, each aimed at exploring and integrating the unconscious aspects of the psyche. Key techniques include:

  1. Dream Analysis: Dreams are seen as a window into the unconscious mind. Therapists work with clients to interpret the symbols and themes in their dreams, uncovering hidden meanings and unresolved issues.

  2. Free Association: Clients are encouraged to speak freely about whatever comes to mind. This process can reveal unconscious thoughts and feelings that are influencing their behavior and emotions.

  3. Active Imagination: Developed by Jung, this technique involves using the imagination to explore the unconscious. Clients might visualize themselves interacting with different aspects of their psyche, such as inner figures or archetypal images.

  4. Symbolic and Creative Expression: Art, poetry, and other forms of creative expression are used to tap into the unconscious. These activities can help clients express emotions and experiences that are difficult to articulate verbally.

Application in Modern Therapy

Depth psychology is used in modern therapy to address a wide range of psychological issues, from anxiety and depression to trauma and existential crises. Its emphasis on understanding the underlying causes of distress makes it particularly effective for individuals seeking deep and lasting change.

  1. Trauma and Healing: Depth psychology is instrumental in trauma therapy. By exploring and processing traumatic memories and their impact on the unconscious, clients can achieve healing and integration. Modalities such as IFS, EMDR and somatic experiencing draw on depth psychology principles to address the body-mind connection in trauma.

  2. Personal Growth and Self-Discovery: Many individuals turn to depth psychology for personal growth and self-discovery. The process of exploring the unconscious can lead to greater self-awareness, improved relationships, and a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Jungian analysis, in particular, focuses on the journey of individuation, helping clients to uncover and develop their true selves.

Cultural and Collective Issues: Depth psychology also addresses broader cultural and collective issues. Jung's concept of the collective unconscious suggests that individuals carry within them the shared experiences and archetypes of humanity. Therapists working with depth psychology might explore how cultural myths, societal norms, and historical events influence personal and collective behavior

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