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 psychoanalytic method involves an analyst and an analysand, one listens while the other speaks. At some point in this process it becomes apparent that something has been repressed, cut-off, dis-jointed, in the mind of the analysand and the analyst works to bring this unconscious conflict to light.

— Benjamin Ramey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Let me help you untangle some of what is going through your mind, and help you find hidden meanings and thought patterns to your awareness and reframe them.

— Caroline Motley, Clinical Social Worker

Why psychodynamic/analytic therapy? The here and now psychotherapy relationship opens a stunning window into past, present, and future; into the deep wisdom of the unconscious; and into a creative flexibility that brings more and more wholesomeness, freedom, intimacy, and flourishing of the soul. I have doctoral and postdoctoral training in various contemporary analytic approaches, and I practice from a liberatory, feminist, relational stance.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

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

I am trained in psychodynamic (also called psychoanalytic) approaches, which focus on deep listening to help you understand what is really going on behind your symptoms. Psychoanalytic therapy is one of the longest-enduring forms of therapy and its effectiveness has been empirically verified.

— Benjamin Wyatt, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Indianapolis, IN

Psychoanalytic therapy focuses on understanding your are formed by both your past, and your unconscious processes. This type of therapy puts the patient at the center, and focuses on empathic atunement and listening. Through understanding who we are and how we got here, we can better understand the issues that plague us in our everyday lives. And we can learn to mourn the losses of the past and move forward, choosing a better future.

— James Nole, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

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

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 have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, with many advanced trainings in Jungian Therapy, known also as Analytical Psychology or Depth Psychology. These include Certification in Jungian Studies, and ongoing Sandplay Training from the C. G. Jung Institute. I attend weekly educational seminars in psychoanalytic counseling with Jungian Analysts in the international and local communities.

— Rebecca Spear, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, 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

This approach explore how the unconscious mind influences your thoughts, behaviors and feelings. I believe Anxiety and depressive symptoms are manifestations of deeper challenges that we will uncover together.

— Fatemah Dhirani, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have a PsyD degree and am a licensed psychoanalyst.

— Sally Stephens, Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

In order to heal, you have to truly get to know yourself. Psychoanalytic therapy helps you understand yourself on a more intimate level. By exploring past experiences and relationships, in addition to what is going on for you in the here and now, we can gain greater access to all that is you. This kind of therapy expands your consciousness and opens up worlds of possibility. You will start to connect the dots between past and present, which can be both revelatory and liberating.

— Julia Lehrman, Psychotherapist 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