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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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

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

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

My style is warm & authentic. I take a non-directive stance, meaning that it’s important for me to allow enough space for different aspects of your internal experience to emerge. I will share my thoughts with you, especially when something feels important, but I won’t tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. Our sessions will instead open up a reflective space where we have the freedom & spontaneity to play with different perspectives & think together in ways that feel generative.

— Katie Flach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Psychoanalytic therapy provides the client with a safe and warm space to express their deepest thoughts without judgment. I create a space that is open and curious in order to reveal hidden or unconscious memories and emotions that may be inhibiting growth.

— Cara Weingarten, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Boca Raton, FL

Currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center and in my own psychoanalysis.

— Konul Surofchy, Psychotherapist in San Diego, CA

This is my primary modality, and my training in this area includes dozens of shorter-term classes at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, completion of of their six month case conference, enrollment in their two year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (now in year two), ongoing individual consultation and supervision under a number of prominent therapists and analysts in the psychoanalytic community, including Beth Steinberg, and participation in countless lectures and seminars.

— Kylie Svenson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

I have received three years of specialized clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. As a skilled and intuitive clinician, I have been trained to listen for unconscious material that is causing internal conflicts (often leading to depression or anxiety), distorting perspectives, blocking growth and development, and interfering with relationships. With compassion and insight we will work to remove those barriers that are keeping you from living the life you desire.

— C.J. Sanders, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I approach therapy through a Contemporary Psychoanalytic Lens to understand what is being communicated through one's behaviors and understand how past experiences influence current relationships. As we form a relationship, I have found individuals develop stronger insight, aiding with a deeper understanding of self, and experiencing more lasting and sustainable relief.

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

I work in a psychoanalytically-oriented group practice and am a fellow at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

— Olivia Smith, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL

This perspective has to do with how you manage conflicts between desires and fears, how the resulting anxiety emerges, and how you cope with that. I have a one-year certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I borrow from several analytic traditions. After all, this perspective has been developing and expanding for decades, and many approaches in therapy owe it a debt.

— Christopher Michael, Clinical Psychologist in Claremont, CA