Psychoanalytic

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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Analytical (Jungian) psychology is my orienting framework for practice. I am a candidate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New England, where I pursue the study of Jungian analysis.

— Mike Lee, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

Clients often think if they did not suffer from major trauma then then they are just complaining because others have it much worse than they do. I believe this perpetuates the issues because you are invalidating your experiences. This is not about blame but is an exploration of how your thoughts, emotions, and feelings influence your life. We are products of our family system, some have multi-generational issues because behaviors have been passed down. You have the power to change.

— Mike Pittala, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
 

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 Bethesda, MD

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
 

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

By "psychoanalytic therapy," I mean that my work is influenced by Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis. Unfortunately, psychoanalysis has picked up somewhat of a negative reputation along the way! While I agree that many psychoanalytic concepts feel dated and don't speak to many of us, there are also many valuable ideas that are very helpful. For example, psychoanalysis has great respect for the idea that our past has an impact on our present and on our future, even though we may not remember the exact details. It also gives us tools for thinking about how our minds take in information and how we make use of it.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA
 

I am trained in Modern Analysis. I will help you put words to your thoughts, feelings and urges.

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

My training is anchored in relational psychodynamic therapy which is an integrative approach that holds the therapeutic relationship as central to the change process.

— Jessica Heinfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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

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

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 Bethesda, MD
 

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

I was introduced to modern psychoanalysis through Naropa University, and have continued to deepen with ongoing studies at The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in Manhattan, NY.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist
 

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

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