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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I call myself a psychoanalytic therapist because this kind of therapy draws on the entire lineage of psychology theory but has well adapted to the issues and concerns of our times. Contemporary psychoanalytic scholars and clinicians are actively engaged with issues of race, gender, social and political inequality, and substance use. This approach is less focused on quick-fixes and more focused on lasting change and overall wellbeing. However, solutions arise naturally in the process.

— Josanna MacCracken, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Psychoanalytic theory influences my approach due to what I perceive be the clinical significance of naming and working with the unconscious or, to steal a phrase and put it another way, to work with the knowledge we do not know we know which exerts an influence on us.

— Davin Reich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in BROOKLYN, NY
 

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, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

New York University's Clinical Social Work program is founded and steeped in psychoanalytic theory. This is the foundation from which I work but I incorporate, and am influenced by other, more modern theories, such as cognitive behavioral theory and exposure therapy to name a few.

— Jasmine Zinser, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfield, CT
 

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, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Psychoanalytic theory influences my approach due to what I perceive be the clinical significance of working with the unconscious.

— Davin Reich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in BROOKLYN, NY
 

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— Rich Lombino, Therapist in Wilmington, DE