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.
What is Contemporary Psychoanalysis?
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, neuro-biology, 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. Psychoanalysis provides a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s life. In contemporary psychoanalytic approaches, the analyst is always participating in the therapeutic situation and, therefore, works to understand the patterns of relating between client and analyst.
By focusing on the relationship with the analyst, contemporary psychoanalysis creates an intensity of experience that often leads to transformation. There are many other psychotherapies, and they vary widely in their purposes, frequency of meetings, and comprehensiveness. Some approaches focus on changing behaviors, others on thought patterns, others on problem-solving, and still others on expressing emotions. Contemporary psychoanalysis potentially incorporates many diverse ideas and approaches depending upon the client’s unique and personal needs. An analyst trained in contemporary psychoanalysis focuses not just on past experiences, but also on the here-and-now of an individual’s experiences and relationships. Attachments, separations, and losses beginning in infancy influence one’s personality, as do current contexts of living, working, and loving. A contemporary psychoanalyst is interested in mutually exploring your past and present experiences and relationships. He or she participates in a dialogue with you to develop understandings about your life. A psychoanalyst is an experienced, licensed mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, or clinical nurse specialist who has completed advanced training at a psychoanalytic institute. The advanced training consists of three parts: four years of classes in psychoanalytic theory and technique, a personal analysis, and case supervision. Analysts who treat children, adolescents, and families receive further training and case supervision.
What Graduates Say About ICP
Janice Ehrlich, L.C.S.W., Psy.D., BCD, LCS
“What makes ICP so unique among other institutions is its emphasis on providing a democratic educational environment.”
Laura Lampert Sanderson, Psy.D.
“ICP has provided me a community of wonderful, highly regarded colleagues and set me on a learning path that continues to this day.”
Sona DeLurgio, Psy.D., LMFT
“The richness of analytic training, warmth of ICP’s community, and the challenge for me to stretch and grow both professionally and personally were invaluable.”
Nick Ryan, Psy.D., M.A., MFT, ATR-BC
“The Pasadena Saturday Series is an incredible forum to share ideas, clinical experiences and to develop a local network of clinicians with a psychoanalytic sensibility. It’s informative, friendly and will likely deepen your clinical work.”
Marian Richetta, Psy.D.
“The ICP community has provided what I had hoped for when beginning the program, emotionally mature, kind, loving and intellectually stimulating friendships. Mary Walters and I are thrilled with the success of our San Diego Saturday Series and excited to watch our ICP community grow in San Diego.”
Mary Walters, LCSW, Psy.D.
“I am grateful for ICP’s strong commitment to creating and maintaining a rich and generous learning environment for students and candidates, an environment which has provided me with invaluable opportunities for professional and personal growth. It is my pleasure to continue these values by facilitating the ICP Saturday Series in San Diego.”
Our Training Programs
Now accepting applications for ICP’s 4-Year Psychoanalytic Training & Degree Program and Continuing Education Programs.
4 Year Program
Study consists of:
- Personal analysis
- 3 supervised control cases
- 4 years of seminars
- Final paper/project
Clinical application of psychoanalytic theory, classes meet one Saturday a month at the ICP office in Los Angeles for 10 months. CE/CME’s awarded.
Monthly seminars on topics emerging from the field of contemporary psychoanalysis. The classes are offered in Pasadena and San Diego. Meets one Saturday a month for 9 months. CE/CME’s awarded.
There are three ways to donate to help us grow and develop as an institution:
- The ICP Accreditation Fund
- The ICP Scholarship Fund
- The ICP Member and Candidate Services Fund
We are a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, and donation letters will be issued upon request.
Interested in our programs? Visit our admissions page for a breakdown of our Psychoanalytic training programs. We are currently accepting applications for our 4 year candidates training program, extension program, and Saturday series.