Referral Service for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Referral Service for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Serving San Francisco, Marin, the South Bay, the East Bay & Sacramento
Referral Service Contact number: (415) 857-6988 (confidential voicemail)

What is Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalysis is a method of treatment that offers a way of understanding ourselves, our relationships, and how we conduct ourselves in the world. Psychoanalysis helps people learn how they became who they are and why they do and feel the things they do. This understanding paves the way towards the emotional freedom necessary to make substantive, lasting changes.

Psychoanalysis is based on the observation that people are often unaware of the many underlying factors that influence their current emotions and behavior. Unconscious conflicts can create disharmony, unhappiness and inhibition that can often be observed through difficulties in work, relationships and characteristic ways of being in the world.

The value of psychoanalytic treatment lies in the long-term, consistent relationship with someone – the analyst or psychotherapist – who works to understand us, accept us for who we are, and who helps us with our struggles.

Psychoanalysis involves meeting multiple times per week with the analyst to deepen our access to unconscious processes that influence our perceptions and behavior.To learn more, go to:

How does Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy differ from Psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is based on the same ideas of helping people understand themselves and their inner life, but it is a less intensive form of analytic treatment where patients meet with their therapist only once or twice a week.

Who Can Benefit From an Analytic Treatment?

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are especially suited for those who need to get to the root of long-term problems and patterns. Some people come to analytic treatment because of repeated difficulties in work or love brought about, not by chance, but by self-defeating patterns of behavior. Others come, because the way they have evolved to be in the world (i.e. due to trauma, poor relationship models, anxiety, and depression, etc) –substantially limits their freedom and their ability to enjoy life. Still others seek analytic treatment to definitively resolve psychological problems that were only temporarily or partially resolved by other forms of treatment.

One of the most common reasons for entering analytic treatment is the problem of finding and maintaining stable and loving relationships.

Who Can Benefit From an Analytic Treatment?

People who are capable of having and using insights and are able to tolerate intense, difficult feelings that can arise during treatment, are likely to be able to benefit from psychoanalytically informed treatments. While psychoanalysis may not be for everyone, almost anyone suffering from psychological symptoms can benefit from psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Psychoanalytic Treatment Can Help You:

  • Get relief from painful feelings
  • Improve personal relationships
  • Become more productive at work
  • Take more pleasure from life
  • Prevent the past from interfering with the present.
  • End problematic patterns of behavior.
  • Gain greater control over life
  • Unlock creative potential
  • Understand yourself
  • Feel understood

For those seeking Psychoanalytic Treatment

Call the Referral Service at: 415-857-6988 to leave a confidential voice message.

The Referral Service will return your call to answer your questions and if appropriate, an evaluation over the phone will be done and a referral to a clinician will be made.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
The Oblivious Object
Mary Brady, PhD (presenter); Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P (discussant, will join via ZOOM from London); Sharon Tyson, PhD (moderator)
Monday, March 4, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon: Social Change, Virtue Ethics and Analytic Theory
Amber Trotter, PsyD (presenter); Introduced by Andy Harlem
Wednesdays, March 6, 2024 to March 27, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Introduction to the Lacanian Clinic
Sydney Tan, PsyD (instructor)
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP) Informational Open House
Saturday, March 9, 2024
The James Grotstein Memorial Lectures in Comparative Psychoanlaysis
Panel Presentation on Four Iconic Papers by Thomas Ogden
Joseph Aguayo, PhD; Maxine Anderson, MD; Peter Goldberg, PhD; Bruce Reis, PhD, FIPA, BCPsa (panelists)
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Consultee-Centered Consultation as Used with Daycare, Preschool and Child Life Programs
Thomas F. Barrett, PhD and Denia Barrett, MSW (presenters); Shahla Chehrazi, MD (case presentation); Paul Brinich, PhD (moderator)
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
Palo Alto Psychoanlaytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) Informational Open House
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Visiting Professor Weekend
The Role of the Analyst
Darian Leader (presenter); Jeanne Wolff-Bernsterin, PhD (discussant); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Sunday, April 14, 2024
Visiting Professor Weekend
Professor’s Choice with Darian Leader
On “Constructions in Analysis”
Darian Leader (presenter); Israel Katz, MD (moderator)
Saturday, April 27, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Lives Across Time: The Clinical and Attachment Implications of a Psychoanalytic Longitudinal Study
Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD (presenters); Bart Blinder, MD, PhD (discussant); Courtney Hartman, PsyD (moderator)
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