DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY – MY ORIENTATION
As a psychotherapist, I conceptualize my clients’ presenting problems using a depth psychological framework. Naturally, I gravitate to this field because it requires and invites a genuine curiosity and inquisitive nature into understanding the perplexities of human behavior. By claiming myself as a depth psychologist, I highly value our unconscious mind and how it relates and is connected to our conscious mind.
Valuing the unconscious and conscious mind
Simply stated, the conscious mind contains that which we are aware of. The unconscious mind holds that which we are not aware of. From a depth psychological perspective, symptoms of a mental health condition mark the voice of the psyche from the unconscious. It wants attention, to be listened to, and understood in efforts to alleviate the suffering. Elements such as our imagination, dreams, and intuition are examples of tools used in depth psychology to uncover the unconscious. This is particularly useful in situations where clients cannot put into words what they feel nor understand at all where it is coming from.
Imagination, dreams, intuition – valuable tools for reaching into our unconscious mind
Why does the relationship between the unconscious and conscious matter? Because in order to live a good life in a state of well being, the conscious and unconscious mind need balance to ensure one lives with a sound sense of stability and harmony inside. When a person comes to therapy explaining how something does not feel right inside but does not know why, I begin to wonder what seeds have been left untouched to fester and stagnate down underneath in the unconscious. What essentially needs to happen is; the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind needs to be restored so that their working relationship fosters a sense of well being.