What is Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is a treatment approach based on the observation that unconscious factors, factors outside our awareness, create problems in how we think, feel and relate to other people. Many people seek out psychoanalysis to help them with specific psychological symptoms or patterns of behavior that they hope to change. Others seek out psychoanalysis as a means to deepen their experience of life and their knowledge of themselves.

Psychoanalysis is an intensive treatment with sessions typically held three to five times per week for an extended period of time. Sessions are usually 45-50 minutes in length. The individual in treatment, called the analysand, usually lies down on a couch with the psychoanalyst behind them. This arrangement has been found to facilitate access to the unconscious. Psychoanalysts are typically psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers or other mental health professionals who have at least four years of training and supervised practice in psychoanalysis beyond the post-graduate degree. Please see the referral section of our website for a list of psychoanalyst members of our organization and their contact information. Any of our members would be happy to speak with you regarding psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.