• What is Depth Psychology?
  • What is your Therapeutic Approach?
  • What is Active Imagination?
  • What is your Background?
  • Where did you receive your Education and Training?
  • What is a an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Intern?
  • What is your Fee for Therapy?
  • Do you accept Insurance?
  • Why do you not accept Insurance?
  • How may I Contact you?

What is Depth Psychology?

Built upon the framework of pioneering psychoanalytic practitioners such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Depth Psychology is founded on the principal that many psychological symptoms are rooted in unconscious processes, and that psychodynamic talk therapy, combined with an exploration of the client’s dreams, fantasies, writing, art, images and symbols, can help bring unconscious material to light — enabling it to be more effectively integrated into the client’s conscious lives.  Potential therapeutic effects may include enhanced feelings of well-being, increased self esteem, more fulfilling relationships, more authentic creative expression, and heightened satisfaction in life and career path.

What is your Therapeutic Approach?

As a depth practitioner, my therapeutic modality combines evidence-based psychodynamic talk therapy with an exploration of my client's unconscious material, including dreams, stories, art, symbols, archetypes, and other creative work - in a safe, nonjudgmental and confidential setting where warmth, humor and frank, open conversation is encouraged.  I am also experienced with established Jungian techniques such as Active Imagination — a rich pathway into the unconscious.

Here is recent interview I did with Creative Screenwriting magazine which describes my unique therapeutic approach to working with writers and creatives in more detail.

While no modality can guarantee results, in recent years, a number of comprehensive, peer-reviewed meta-studies (Blagys & Hilsenroth, 2000; Leichsenring & Grabung, 2008; DeMaat, et al, 2009; Abbass, et al, 2009; Shedler, 2010) have established that psychodynamic therapy can lead to significant healing in both short and long-term evaluation, with patients often not only maintaining therapeutic gains, but continuing to improve over time,  with efficacy rates equal to and at times, surpassing those of antidepressants and pre-scripted, manualised therapies such as CBT.

What is Active Imagination?

Known to many contemporary western minds through the writings, paintings and images of Carl Jung (2009),  Active Imagination is actually an ancient process, with roots in early Greek, Egyptian, Japanese, Sufi, Aboriginal, and Native American tribal traditions (Watkins, 1984) — cultures which highly valued the use of waking visions, dream incubation, and hypnagogic states, to gain wisdom and insight.  In brief, Active Imagination is the process of creating a conscious dialogue with parts of our unconscious selves — our unvoiced hopes, wishes, desires and fantasies, with the therapeutic goal of generating greater personal insights into our past and present actions.

If you identify as a creative artist, you may have already experienced versions of this on your own. It is akin to a flow state: the experience you have when a story, dialogue, lyrics or music seemingly comes to you through the ether, effortlessly and intuitively. As a fiction writer who has at times struggled with creative blocks in the past, I wrote my master’s thesis on Active Imagination as a potential pathway through writer’s block, and enjoy sharing these techniques with writers and artists who are interested in exploring the practice for themselves.  

Here is recent interview I did with Creative Screenwriting magazine with tips on using Active Imagination to befriend and transcend creative blocks.

As with any modality, Active Imagination may not be right for everyone and I invite all clients to discuss the pros and cons of this techniques in detail, based upon their personal history, creative background and therapeutic goals, prior to embarking upon the process. 

What is your Background?

Prior to my training as a depth psychotherapist, I held a variety of positions in film and television over a 15-year career, including writer, producer, story editor, and development executive.  While I have shifted my focus to clinical therapeutic work now, I retain a role as coordinating producer for director Michael Apted’s Married in America documentary series — an ongoing 20-year longitudinal study of nine American couples, used by the UCLA department of Psychology and other schools as a teaching tool for the study of marriage and relationships.

I specialize in helping Hollywood writers, actors, filmmakers, comedians, musicians and artists navigate through creative blocks and other stressors unique to the film and television industry. I also work with individuals and families seeking help for a wider number of issues, including anxiety, depression, parenting and relational conflicts, male and female post-partum and life / career transitions.

 As a depth therapist with a background in the industry, I understand both the glamorous appeal and the darker shadow side of living in Los Angeles, and know that integrating the two can be an enormous challenge. With the right support, however, I firmly believe that you can achieve deeper insights into past and present experiences, unlock your innate creative potential and actively transform your life, relationships and career. 

 Where did you receive your Education and Training?

I have a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, known internationally for its unique academic focus on the depth psychology traditions pioneered by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, James Hillman, and Marion Woodman, among others.  

I also completed two years of clinical training at the highly regarded Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA, where I provided psychodynamic, depth oriented counseling to writers, artists and performers, seeking help in the areas of anxiety, depression, creative blocks, and other stressors unique to the film and television industry.  I also worked with families and children coping with developmental transitions, relational stress, and communication issues. As an additional component of my training at The Maple Center, I also worked for one year as a volunteer mental health consultant to children ages 3 to 5 at the Salvation Army Preschool in downtown Los Angeles, helping identify social, emotional, and developmental delays, and connecting families with resources for treatment and education.

I have also completed workshop trainings in Dream Analysis from Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing workshops from Catherine Ann Jones taught at Esalen in Big Sur, California.  

I completed my Bachelor's degree in English, from the University of California, Berkeley.

What is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist?

As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, achieved in the course of 2 and ½ years of academic study, and am actively working towards completion of the 3,000 mandated counseling and training hours required to sit for the California State Board of Behaviorial Sciences (BBS) qualification exams, leading to licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). 

During this post-graduate clinical training, which typically takes 2 to 4 additional years to achieve, the Associate Marriage and Family Therapist is supervised weekly by a licensed MFT, for guidance on specific clinical issues or questions that may arise. The supervisor does not attend client counseling sessions, but does have access to clients' clinical chart notes, as required by the BBS.

What is your Fee for Therapy?

My fee is $120 per 50 minute therapy session.  I accept cash or checks at the end of each session.  In my experience, therapy is most effective when committed to on a weekly basis.  As a result, I reserve my time for you, but also understand that work, family or other commitments may occasionally intervene and you may be unable to make your scheduled appointment. In order to cancel or request a time change, please contact my office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.  Missed appointments and cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will result in a full session charge. 

Do you accept Insurance?

I am a private pay, out of network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance payments, but can provide a monthly super-bill upon request. Please consult your insurance provider directly to review your individual healthcare plan and their out-of-network reimbursement policy. Important questions to ask include their policy on mental healthcare reimbursement for out of network providers, the cost of deductible, and how many sessions per year they authorize. 

Why do you not accept Insurance?

Among the reasons I do not accept insurance is that some providers may limit the number of sessions as well as the type of treatment a patient may have.  Many also require a specific medical diagnosis, which becomes part of the client's permanent health care record, and may in turn affect other areas, such as life insurance. Insurance companies may also legally request all clinical notes, which affects patient privacy. 

How may I Contact you?

Please contact me at (424) 354-3910 or philipruddytherapy@gmail.com for more information, to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, or to book an appointment.  I look forward to speaking with you and invite you to Actively Imagine new Insights, personal Growth, and Flow in your life and career goals.


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