Howard Bacal, M.D., License #G 6805
1221 N. Norman Place
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Howard Bacal is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. During his training in adult and child psychoanalysis at the British Psychoanalytic Institute, Howard had the rare opportunity to work with a number of significant, innovative figures in our field: Michael Balint, Anna Freud, Donald Winnicott, Marion Milner, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, Charles Rycroft, and J.D. Sutherland.
After his return to North America in the early 70’s, Howard studied self psychology in Chicago with Heinz Kohut.
Howard has written extensively on therapeutic process, training, and research. His first book, Theories of Object Relations: Bridges to Self Psychology, co-authored with Kenneth Newman, focused on the interface between self psychology and relational theory. In his edited volume, Optimal Responsiveness: How Therapists Heal their Patients, 18 psychoanalysts describe their way of working from this perspective.
Howard’s new book, The Power of Specificity in Psychotherapy: When Therapy Works – And When It Doesn’t, is a clinically rich presentation of the specificity of psychoanalytic process, which he regards as central to a contemporary perspective on psychoanalytic practice and supervision: that regardless of the possible relevance in either situation of any particular psychoanalytic theory, optimal therapeutic and pedagogic potential is pre-eminently a function of the unique and specific capacities, and limitations, of that particular dyad in their emergent process, in the moment and over time.
Howard Bacal is in private practice in West Los Angeles. He welcomes inquiries about treatment, supervision, and about participation in his ongoing consultation groups.