Psychoanalysis began with the work of Sigmund Freud but has evolved and changed over the years to incorporate the contributions and work of many. In our complex world, a contemporary form of psychoanalysis is a treatment for emotional discomfort or pain, an avenue for self-discovery and personal growth, and a means toward establishing and enhancing relationships with others and the world at large.
Contemporary psychoanalysis is an interpersonal experience that emphasizes the healing properties of two or more people collaboratively making sense of life in ways that are meaningful to the client. Unlike traditional psychoanalysis which holds the analyst as an authority regarding what is true about the client, contemporary perspectives emphasize the meaning of the client’s unique and subjective experiences.
Based on current psychoanalytic studies plus research in child development, memory, neurobiology, and culture, contemporary psychoanalysis is an advanced method for making sense of ourselves and the world around us. Today, psychoanalysis is as strikingly different from Freudian analysis as modern physics is from the work of Newton.
Please note: The therapists identified on this List are members of The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) have chosen to submit the information about their qualifications included on this List. ICP has not independently verified the accuracy of that information about the members and there is further information about members on the Department of Consumer Affairs website. ICP does not make patient referrals, hence ICP does not recommend or vouch for any therapist on the List, other than to confirm that they are members in good standing with ICP. When choosing a therapist, you may wish to contact the licensing board which has licensed the therapist (e.g., Medical Board of California; Board of Psychology; or Board of Behavioral Sciences) regarding whether the therapist has a disciplinary history.