Psychoanalytic theory, the theory that guides psychoanalysis, was first developed by Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis is a therapeutic treatment method founded in the study of the unconscious mind. Freud believed that people could be cured of any number of mental health issues by making conscious their unconscious thoughts and motivations, which provides insights into the root of the issue. The goal of is to release pent-up or repressed emotions and memories to lead the client to catharsis, or healing. Traditionally, psychoanalysis sessions will occur 4–5 times a week, with clients lying on a couch, and the therapist (or analyst) often sitting just behind and out of sight. The client will express their thoughts, dreams and fantasies, which the analyst will examine to help the client gain powerful insights. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychoanalytic experts today.

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The current versions of psychoanalytic therapy all examine how a person’s mind works and affects their view of themselves and the world they live in. One central focus is that unconscious factors affect current relationships and behaviors. Psychoanalysis changed since Freud founded it. I focus on how the ways trauma and attachment are central to understanding how the mind works and impacts current thinking, feeling, and behaving, as in my new book, Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development.

— Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D., Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

Psychoanalysis has so many confusing definitions which are worsened by how unethical therapy often depicted. Psychoanalytic therapy, for me, looks at what we are aware of and digs deeper to see what you might not be aware is there, but is affecting us negatively (ex: internalized transphobia, ableism, social or family messages of our values and worth as humans). In therapy I do ask about our pasts and how they are still currently affecting us and, sometimes, how that can be harmful to our health

— Shirley Roseman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The psychoanalytic theory says that our childhood experiences and unconscious desires influence behavior. In essence, personalities have memories, beliefs, urges drives, and instincts that we are not always aware of and that make up this unconscious. SoulPath what we are experiencing in the moment has less to do with what is happening and more to do with what has happened that causes us to think, feel, react and respond. The psychoanalytic approach is key to our treatment of our clients.

— TAMI ROBINSON, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

We cannot help but be shaped by our past experiences, and oftentimes, we are unaware of how those effects are showing up in our patterns of behavior and thinking. I focus on connecting dots between past and present experiences to offer you possible answers to questions you may ask yourself such as, "why am I like this?"

— Katharyn Engers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spokane, WA

I completed a four-year full-time training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of New York in 2001, including Freudian, ego psychology, object relations, interpersonal, self psychology, modern, intersubjective and relational (my ultimate focus) approaches.

— Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, Psychotherapist in Livingston, NJ

We approach therapy through a contemporary psychoanalytic lens to understand what is being communicated through one's behaviors and understand how past experiences are influencing current relationships. As we form our relationships we have found that individuals develop deeper insight, aiding with a deeper understanding of themselves, and experiencing more lasting and sustainable relief.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kansas City, MO

Like most clinicians, it's important to understand your background and upbringing to put the pieces together on what may have contributed to you who are in the present. I have a unique way of navigating through your life story so it is not your typical Freudian process.

— Kelvin Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a 4th year candidate in a psychoanalytic training program.

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, NY

I work from a psychodynamic lens, meaning I use our relationship to serve as a therapeutic tool for your healing. Together we will be curious about how our relationship mirrors your relationship with yourself and the other intimate relationships in your life. By using the "here and now" we can bring real-time understanding to what you experience in other relationships where there isn't always space to process what is happening as it is happening.

— Kyle Petricek, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA, 98103, WA

I completed training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of New York in 2001. My training was eclectic and I have a contemporary relational approach.

— Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, Psychotherapist in Livingston, NJ

Carefully listening to the conflicts and desires hidden within your story, through which we can establish new ways for you to live and thrive.

— David Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Under this umbrella falls many theories and approaches such as : object relations and modern psychoanalysis. Object relations is in a nutshell you relate to others including partners how your caregiver related to you. We all strive for perfection but it is really about being "good enough". Modern psychoanalysis is focusing on protecting from self attacks and self-sabotage. (cue Bestie Boys music). The therapist job is to have the client "say everything."

— Alicia Walker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

At Michelle Harwell Therapy, our practice is based in Psychoanalytic therapy. Psychoanalytic therapy explores the unconscious and how it is impacting the way we interact with other, have relationships, your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We will dive into your childhood to gain a deeper understanding of why you are the way you are and through processing and meaning making, emerge with a new sense and better understanding of yourself.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Nearly 10 years of clinical experience using Object Relations Psychotherapy.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Psychoanalysis basically means a kind of talk therapy that helps you discover the deepest core meaning to you behaviors, emotions, and problems. Often these reasons are deep in the unconscious or outside of your awareness. We work together to help figure out what those unconscious things are so you have more control over them.

— Chardonnay Badchkam, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NY

Psychoanalytic approach explores how the unconscious mind influences your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Specifically, it examines how your experiences (often from childhood) may be contributing to your current experience and actions.

— Magda Zapata, Counselor in Lake Grove, NY

Psychoanalysis is an intense and life changing type of therapy that will help you get a deeper sense of who you are. Psychoanalysis will help you uncover and explore inner conflicts and coping mechanisms that are out of your awareness. This emotional knowledge will help create long- lasting personal transformation. Psychoanalysis requires a commitment of at least three sessions per week for a long term.

— Edgard Francisco Danielsen, Psychoanalyst in New York, NY

Attachment Theory and Relational psychology has its roots in Kleinian, Winnicottian, Lacanian, Intersubjective psychologies and the sciences of neurobiology and neuropsychology. Attachment and Relational work explores development in early and important relationships, how that influences our perception of self and others in relationships, and it's impacts. (See John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, Mary Main, Donald Winnicott, and more recently, Philip M. Bromberg, Thomas Ogden, Christopher Bollas.)

— Tara Gilmaher, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist