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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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 Francisco, CA
 

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 gives us tools for thinking about how our minds take in information and how we make use of it. Perhaps most importantly, psychoanalysis has great respect for the influence of our unconscious minds and seeks to help us understand what might be going on "underneath the surface," e.g., the unconscious motivations behind what we do and how we think.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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 practice contemporary psychoanalytic therapy. This means I pay attention to how your past relationships affect the way you learn to regulate and manage emotions in your day-to-day life. Our brains are built through repeated interactions with our earliest relationships and environments, and can be changed through the experience of a new relationship: therapy. This means I consider our work in session as a chance to learn new ways of experiencing your emotions that lead to joy-filled life.

— Connor McClenahan, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

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 Danielsen, Psychoanalyst in New York, NY
 

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