It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found
Contemporary psychoanalysis is often thought of as a two-person therapy-- it values the unique subjectivity of both the client and the therapist and how they mutually influence each other. In collaborative process with the psychoanalyst, one's unconscious processes and relational patterns are uncovered. This insight often leads to increased authenticity and connectedness in relationships. While psychotherapy consists of one or two sessions a week, psychoanalysis consists of three or more sessions a week. The frequency of sessions often lead to deeper and longer-lasting results as there is more time for the therapeutic relationship to develop and for change to occur.
My own path towards psychoanalysis began in 2008. While still employed as a full-time clinician, I attended the One-Year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. (MIP). I found the training challenging and stimulating. In many ways it overlapped with core social work values such as genuineness and use of self in the clinical encounter, the importance of the person-in-environment perspective and respect for clients' self-determination. I enrolled in the Five-Year certificate program in psychoanalysis at MIP. This rigorous training meant entering my own psychoanalysis at a minimum of three sessions a week, weekly supervision, classes & coursework. During training, I saw many clients three times a week in accordance with the traditional psychoanalytic model. Candidates were expected to attend colloquiums & conferences and participate in the life of the analytic institutes.
If you have questions or are curious to know more about this way of working, please do not hesitate to contact me.