Psychoanalytic Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis, Neuropsychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapy

Dr. David Miller, Boca Raton Board Certified Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy are unique forms of intensive psychotherapy that foster personal development and liberation from unsatisfying or painful patterns of living. In pursuit of those goals, the individual in a psychoanalytically informed therapy and the therapist work together in close collaboration. They pay careful attention to the interactions of personal and interpersonal experience, of past and present, of body and mind, of fantasy and reality. It is expected that such an in-depth exploration can set in motion a process of personal transformation.

People seek psychoanalytically informed treatment for many reasons. Some want help with specific emotional problems like depression, anxiety, or stress or are seeking to come to terms with a painful or traumatic personal history. Others may feel stuck in distressing patterns that prevent them from feeling satisfied, from connecting with others, or from finding meaning in their lives. Many people simply desire a deeper self-understanding or greater creativity in their personal lives.

The process of psychoanalysis depends on the establishment of a safe, confidential, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. The frequency of sessions in a psychoanalytically informed treatment typically ranges from two to four times a week. Frequent sessions allow the patient’s dilemmas to come to life in the intricacies of the psychoanalytic relationship.

Patient and therapist work together to understand the meaning of the patient’s emotional reactions, thoughts, memories, fantasies, dreams, images, and sensations in an effort to alleviate personal suffering and to expand the capacity for work, love, and creativity.

Many individuals find that the use of an analytic couch allows them to speak more freely about their most personal concerns, and to access unconscious experience. For others, the experience of a face-to-face dialogue seems essential to the unfolding of the therapeutic process.

The psychoanalytic process weaves a complex tapestry in which therapist and patient can explore the rich and intricate texture of human relationship. This process can be expected to unfold over a considerable period of time. A decision to enter psychoanalytically informed treatment represents a mutual agreement between patient and therapist. Decisions about the frequency of sessions needed to sustain the process are reached jointly.

Psychoanalysis offers a unique and comprehensive method of thinking and working therapeutically. The theory and methods of psychoanalysis originated with Sigmund Freud’s pioneering explorations of the influence of unconscious processes on everyday life and on emotional difficulties.

Although it is recognized that no single theory can account for the complexities of the human mind, psychoanalytic tradition and technique are valuable resources for understanding the psychological processes of personal development and social interaction. Contemporary psychoanalysts draw on a vast body of knowledge—both within psychoanalysis and across disciplines—to understand their patients compassionately and to respond effectively to the broader communities in which they live and work.

Psychoanalysis is also engaged in dialogue with other disciplines like science, history, philosophy, gender studies, visual arts, literature, poetry, music and film. As an evolving domain in its own right, psychoanalysis continues actively to address a wide range of current issues, such as changing social structures, individual alienation, identity and diversity, political violence and emerging cultural realities. In addition, there has been a long tradition of reciprocal influence between psychoanalysis and psychological research, especially in the areas of human development, cognitive science, and social psychology.

Graduate psychoanalysts are licensed mental health professionals like, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, or psychiatric nurses who have had extensive postgraduate training in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic training consists of a rigorous program of several years of coursework, a personal analysis and experience providing psychoanalysis under the supervision of senior analysts. Psychoanalytic therapists are usually licensed mental health professionals who adhere to basic psychoanalytic tenets in their practice of psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups.

Regarding Insurance: Doctor Miller does not accept Health Insurance, although he will provide you with a statement at the end of the month which can be submitted to your PPO for reimbursement as per your plan. 

This information is provided by the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The Division of Psychoanalysis represents, within the broad field of psychology, professionals who identify themselves as having a major commitment to the study, practice, and development of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. For information about the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, please call (602) 212-0511. For further information about psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy visit our website at The Division thanks the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis for their permission to reproduce some of the material presented in this brochure.

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