You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart.
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life. ~ Derek Walcott
Robin Barre Psychotherapy Services Serving Mukilteo, Everett, and the North Puget Sound
The Practice of Depth Psychotherapy
So what exactly is Depth Psychotherapy? How is it different than psychotherapy, therapy, or counseling?
In some ways, it really is no different at all. All of these therapies or counseling approaches work to heal the mental and emotional suffering of the client.
In a nutshell, Depth Psychotherapy is slightly different in how I, as the therapist, sit with you and approach the issues that you want to discuss. A Depth Psychotherapist listens into and underneath the words and symptoms for what the unconscious (some call it "Soul") is offering for our consideration. I attempt to attune to tone of voice, gestures, facial expressions, movements, dreams, patterns, and threads in our conversations. The Depth Psychotherapist is looking for the direction for healing by listening to the symptoms as a "language of the Soul." So while we work to relieve the symptoms that cause pain and suffering, we also want to learn how to listen to what they have to say.
The goal of therapy, of course, is to feel better, to "love again the stranger who was your self." Through talk therapy, active imagination, sandplay therapy, expressive arts such as drawing, collage and journaling, bibliotherapy, story and poetry, the client begins to come into relationship with the cut off and left behind parts of the Self, working toward a feeling and experience of greater wholeness.
I offer practical suggestions and experiential work within the session to manage the symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and the reeling effects of grief and crisis. We look at dynamics, patterns, and boundaries in the challenging relationships in your life. We trace the narrative and archetypal threads that connect you with your past, today, your dreams for the future, and your connectedness with the larger world.
The tenets of depth psychology gives us a container for looking at the shadowy parts and holding the darker aspects of the self; the work is to compassionately integrate these. This is the practice of therapy. We will work toward healing shame, guilt, coming to terms with childhood and life's daily wounds, and finding a way to "give back your heart to itself."
You can find more information about "looking at the shadowy parts" from the menu above or following this link--Facing The Shadow.
Depression, post traumatic stress, anxiety, social phobias, grief and loss, family and parenting issues, stress, and difficult life transitions are some of the challenges for which clients may come into therapy seeking relief and answers. A safe, strong space is provided to work through and with these difficulties.
Because of my extensive background with adolescents and my work in the field of education, my expertise is working with teens, ages 12 and up, those who work with and care for and about adolescents, and those working in the field of education. You can find more about how I work with adolescents on the page Adolescents ~The Gift of the Shiftless Wanderersfrom the menu above or clicking on the link provided here.
I have an interest and background in marital and partner relationship and family therapy. You can find more on my approaches to family therapy from the menu above or by clicking on the link provided here: Approaches to Family Therapy.
I have experience working with clients involved in high-conflict family matters and/or who are court-involved.
All sessions are a full 60 minutes long unless requested otherwise.
If you are interested in scheduling a free 15 minute phone consultation, a 30-minute, or 60-minute initial consultation, please see How To Schedule A Session by clicking on this link or from the menu above.