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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In psychoanalytic therapy, we explore the layers of your mind and heart to uncover the roots of your struggles. Together, we'll explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, seeking to shed light on unconscious patterns that may be shaping your life. Through open dialogue and reflection, we'll work towards a deeper understanding of you and your challenges, paving the way for lasting change and growth.

— Rachel Fields, Psychotherapist

Modern psychoanalysts recognize the individuality of each person. We aim to understand the unconscious forces that may interfere with living fulfilling lives. By creating a non-judgmental space, the analyst helps people talk about feelings, thoughts and fantasies they may not have known they had. By accepting all these thoughts and feelings as valuable information, the analyst helps people learn to tolerate painful feelings and accept the disturbing and sometimes intriguing parts of themselves.

— Jennifer Coonce, Psychoanalyst in Brooklyn, NY

My training and supervision have all been broadly psychoanalytic. I am a member in good standing of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the APA Division 39 Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

— Laura Gillespie, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

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 in New York, NY

I hold a Certificate in Jungian Studies: C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, and am working towards becoming a Certified IAAP Jungian Analyst: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. Jungian Analysis/Depth Therapy is a personalized experience of finding our own personal mythology through deep engagement with the unconscious. We explore Dreams, Symbology, Shadow, Creativity, Phenomenon, Images, and your personal associations in connecting to your Psyche’s soulful longings for this life-journey.

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

The Psychoanalytic model is client-centered and focuses on the past experiences of each client. Past experiences often impact current life situations which can hinder productive growth in the here and now. Past experiences such as childhood trauma or family life cycles are addressed to identify behavioral patterns that require change in the clients life.

— Deahdra Chambers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Biscoe, NC

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 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

I am trained in Freudian drive theory and psychosexual development, ego psychology, object-relational theory, and relational theory.

— Leigh Huggins, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

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

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

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and a Clinical Fellow of the Neuropsychoanalysis Association.

— Alexey Tolchinsky, Clinical Psychologist in Gaithersburg, MD

I work from a social and relational psychoanalytic perspective. I pay close attention to how past and present sociopolitical forces, family dynamics, and personal history shape the way we experience our lives and relate to ourselves, others, and the wider world. From this perspective, I function much less as an authority, but as a partner in trying to make sense of my patients' thoroughly unique experience.

— Vuthy Ou, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA