What is Depth Psychology?  

Building upon a tradition established by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY is founded on the psychoanalytic principal that many of our behaviors are rooted in unconscious processes. By working with a trained depth therapist to explore your past and present life choices, and the images, writing, art and dreams springing up from your creative imagination (or soul), you may effectively gain fresh personal insights, leading to enhanced well-being, healthier relationships, and more authentic self-expression.  

What is your Therapeutic Approach? 

As a depth practitioner, I provide a safe, nonjudgmental setting, where warmth, humor and frank, open conversation is richly encouraged.  In my professional experience, therapy is most effective when committed to on a weekly in-person basis.  Under the right circumstances and with prior approval, special provisions can be made for phone or video-chat sessions, for clients on Location, on Set, or on Tour. 

Is Psychodynamic Therapy Evidence-Based? 

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, manualized therapies such as CBT.

What is Active Imagination?

In short, ACTIVE IMAGINATION is the process of creating a conscious dialogue with unconscious parts of our selves (i.e. our unvoiced hopes, wishes, desires and fantasies), in order to gain fresh insights into our past and present actions. Known to contemporary Western minds primarily through the writing and images of Carl Jung,  Active Imagination is actually a far older process, with roots in early Greek, Egyptian, Japanese, Sufi, Aboriginal, and Native American traditions -- cultures which prized dream incubation, waking visions and other hypnagogic states, to transmit powerful wisdom and insights.  

If you're a creative artist, you've likely experienced versions of this already on your own.  Think of the FLOW STATE when a story, dialogue, melody, song lyric or image seemingly comes to you through the ether -- magically, effortlessly,  intuitively.  There's no greater feeling, right?  Right!  And conversely, there's no worse feeling than when, day after day, those experiences do not come.  As a published short fiction author who struggled with 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 other creatives. Here's an interview I did with Creative Screenwriting magazine with some tips you can begin using today to try "befriending and transcending" some of your own 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 had a 15-year career in film, television, commercial and documentary production, during which I worked as a story editor, development executive, location scout, production manager, writer and producer.  While I have shifted my focus to working with creative industry professionals in a therapeutic capacity now, I do retain a role as coordinating producer for director Michael Apted’s "Married in America" documentary series — an ongoing 20-year film 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.

 Where did you receive your Education and Training?

B.A.,  English, U.C. Berkeley (Graduated 1988)

M.A., Depth Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute (Graduated 2015) 

Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, CA, (2014-2016) 2 years of Clinical Training, providing psychodynamic, counseling to writers, artists and actors, in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Conflicts, and Career Stress. 

Almansor Clinical Services, South Pasadena, CA (2017-2018)  16 months as a Staff Therapist, providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children and Families in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Family Stress and Trauma.

Additional Workshops and Trainings: 

 DreamTending: Dream Analysis workshop by  Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute

 The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing workshop by Catherine Ann Jones --  Esalen Big Sur, California.  

What is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist?

As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, earned via 2 and ½ years of academic study, plus completed 3,000 hours of supervised Clinical Practice as a  Psychotherapist for Adults, Children and Familes, during 3 years of Post-Graduate Work.  Combined, this 5 and 1/2 years of study and training qualifies me to sit for the California State Board of Behaviorial Sciences (BBS) exam, leading to licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). 

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. With prior discussion and approval, special sessions may be arranged via phone or video chat for clients traveling on Location, on Set or on Tour. 

Do you accept Insurance?

I am a private pay, out of network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance payments. 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?

Call (424) 354-3910 or email philipruddytherapy@gmail.com to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation, or to book an appointment.  I look forward to connecting with you.