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Practical Psychoanalysis: A Year in Review

“Psychoanalysis” by Mihaela Bernard. Art plays an integral role in psychoanalysis and provides a way for the unconscious to find an esthetic expression in our culture. I made this collage with my daughter one day and you can find it framed, hanging in my bathroom.

When I first started this blog in February of last year, I wanted to write about psychoanalysis and make it accessible to a larger audience. I had the ambition to write about all things psychoanalytic, including “modern issues, culture, movies, people and common mental health issues affecting you and your family.” I committed to looking at “the way I experience it [psychoanalysis] in my daily life and clinical practice,” as well as to answering your questions about the way you have been touched by the clinical work.

Let’s look at the past (over a) year and see some of the main topics that we have covered so far:

  • We talked about what PSYCHOANALYSIS is and tried to define it in:

What is Psychoanalysis

How Psychoanalysis Differs from Psychotherapy

How Does Psychoanalysis Work?

Are You a Good Candidate for Psychoanalytic Treatment?

Is Psychoanalysis Right for You?

  • We talked a lot about the most common [psychoanalytic] symptoms, ANXIETY:

How Psychoanalysis Understands Anxiety

The #1 Problem that Causes Severe Anxiety

4 Unique Strategies to Successfully Manage Your Anxiety

Social Anxiety vs. Shyness: How to Recognize the Signs of Social Phobia in Adolescence

  • We looked at the other most common [psychoanalytic] symptom, DEPRESSION:

How to Recognize the Signs of Childhood Depression

Top 3 Signs That a Person You Know is Suffering from Depression and Needs to See a Professional

How Psychoanalysis Understands Depression

  • We reviewed some issues that occur in ADOLESCENCE:

The Hidden Meaning of Self-Injurious Behavior

One Common Way that Depression Manifests in Adolescence (Hint: You’ve Probably Experienced it)

Depression in Adolescence: 5 Insights Every Parent Needs to Know

12 Signs that Your Teen Needs Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

  • We discussed TRAUMA at length:

How Early Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Mental Health: 1 Problem We Fail to Mention

Domestic Violence & The Cycle of Abuse: Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma

5 Reasons Why Psychoanalysis Is One of The Best Treatments For Early Childhood Trauma

How Does Childhood Trauma Affect Trust?

  • We looked at some MOVIES in:

Fatherhood in the Movie “Boyhood”

Do’s and Don’ts When Dealing with a Break-Up: Lessons from the Movie “Begin Again”

Fifty Shades of Grey: When Love Equals Pain

  • And we also talked about RELATIONSHIPS:

How Strong Relationships Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Being a Couple Versus Being Parents: Why is it So Hard for Some Couples To Stay Together After Having Kids?

Fear of Commitment? Struggle with Anxiety? Maybe You Are Afraid to be Loved

7 Things Sigmund Freud “Nailed” About Love & Sex

7 Secrets to a Happy, Long-Term Relationship: How to Keep the Flame Burning After the Honeymoon Period

4 Signs You’re In An Abusive Relationship

What Psychoanalysis Says about Love

So needless to say, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Yet, there is a lot left to cover. What I want to do is to ask a few other clinicians about their thoughts and experiences with psychoanalysis and hopefully, that will give us some direction about where to go next. We began this with our conversation with Dr. Bruce Fink about his new book and we’ll continue with a few of my colleagues that come with me to GIFRIC for an Annual Training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Quebec City, Canada.

In the meantime, if you would like to read about a specific psychoanalytic topic or you want to hear more about what we have already talked about, please write it in the comment section below.

Merci and au revoir!


Practical Psychoanalysis: A Year in Review

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and founder of Inside Family Counseling, LLC in Chicago. She is a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association and a member of Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, Canada. She is the author of Mental Health Digest electronic magazine, your free, easy-to-read electronic resource on common mental health issues affecting you and your family, plus some suggestions on how to address them. She specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for troubled children and adolescents, who face behavioral and emotional challenges at home and at school. Her mission is to empower, support and guide children, adolescents and their parents to a happy and healthy family. Mihaela also writes a Parenting Blog, where parents find helpful resources and practical tips on how to support their child and adolescent's behavioral and emotional development. You may find out more about her at

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Last updated: 16 May 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 May 2017
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