Integrative Depth Psychotherapy

Depth Psychotherapy ~ Petaluma, CA

Integrative Depth Psychotherapy

Frequently I receive emails or phone calls from individuals seeking therapy in Santa Rosa. Many have visited my website and want to know more about Integrative Depth Psychotherapy. It occurs to me to write a brief description of IDP, since it is an approach I have spent the last few years developing in my practice.

Integrative Depth Psychotherapy is a multifaceted, holistic approach that both informs how I understand clients and the concerns they bring to therapy, as well as how I work with clients in the consulting room. IDP draws from a number of different established psychotherapy and developmental theories, including Jungian and archetypal psychologies, psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, affective neuroscience, mindfulness, CBT/DBT, neurofeedback, EMDR, and experiential psychotherapies, to create a tailor-made approach unique to each client. 

In IDP, the client and the therapeutic relationship are central. Effective and meaningful psychotherapy is, at its core, an endeavor into relationship between a therapist and client designed to support the client to achieve a more satisfying way of living. Problems of living and symptoms are important, and at time need to be managed, but are not viewed as “the enemy” that must be eradicated. Instead they are seen as helpful clues into something requiring closer attention.

IDP is characterized by the following, non-exhaustive list of principles:

  • A belief in the enduring healing capacity of the psyche to unfold and resolve painful conflicts and difficult symptoms.
  • Attention to the therapeutic relationship as a vessel in which important material can be worked with.
  • A balance of symptom management approaches (e.g., neurofeedback, CBT, DBT) and approaches that access the underlying issues driving symptoms.
  • A commitment to developing relationship between different aspects, or “parts” of the psyche, especially those that have been outcast due to difficult life circumstances.
  • Attention to emotional, cognitive, somatic, cultural, developmental, spiritual, and archetypal aspects of the client.
  • A close attention to the role of shame in the difficulties client’s face.
  • A belief in the central role of mindful attention, instead of harsh judgment, towards that which is difficult and hard to face.

Sil Machado, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist offering psychotherapy and counseling in Santa Rosa, CA. His unique approach to psychotherapy incorportates years of training and experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, relationship problems, and LGBT issues. He blends depth psychotherapy approaches with cutting edge methods, including EMDR and neurofeedback. He is a therapist offering psychotherapy in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, and Sebastopol.