Adolescence

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...


General

Interview with Dr. Bruce Fink, author of “Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice”

I am very excited to share with you my interview with Dr. Bruce Fink, a Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor, regarding his new book, "A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice." I have followed Dr. Fink's work for quite awhile now; have read and reread a bunch of his books, including A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners, and The Lacanian Subject: Between...


Anxiety

How Does Psychoanalysis Work?

Someone recently told me that before coming to see me they thought that people laid on the couch when they go to therapy. "That's psychoanalysis," I replied. "Some people still do that."

How does psychoanalysis work exactly? In the last week, a few people asked...


Boundaries

5 Practical Applications of Castration You Can Use in Your Clinical Practice

"Castration Collage" by Mihaela Bernard

Okay, you've probably heard the word "castration" before and it was probably in the context of cutting some precious body parts off. If you google it, you'll stumble upon quite the gory images of cut off body parts, removed testicles, and mutilated animals.

That's not what castration is about in a psychoanalytic sense!

Even though the origin of the term does come from the idea of castrating, cutting off, the psychoanalytic meaning...


Break Ups

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

I just saw a great movie about dealing with loss and break-ups, Begin Again, and have been listening to the soundtrack over and over again for the past 24 hours. I had no idea that Keira Knightly was such a talented singer, and I certainly rediscovered my appreciation for Adam Lavine and his electrifying falsetto.

The movie touches on love, infidelity, loss, parenthood, music and creativity, but most importantly, it shows how to channel the energy of a broken heart into a creative gift for humanity....


General

The First Psychotherapy Appointment: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Did you know that the first therapy session is considered one of the most important sessions in the psychoanalytically-oriented therapeutic process? There is a saying that "the end is in the beginning" in our circles and under the right circumstances, we, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, pay special attention to those first few meetings.

Maybe that's why making it to the first appointment is also the hardest step for many people. I get plenty of inquiries about scheduling...


Anxiety

How Strong Relationships Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Back in March, I stumbled upon an interesting study one morning on CBS This Morning, addressing the question of “What makes a good life?” I had been thinking about my own clinical work and how many of my clients over the years have talked to me about their relationships. I knew I had to write a post about it and finally I got around to it.

Mental health issues are often related to dissatisfaction, dysfunction...


Anxiety

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

Unconscious fear of intimacy; fear of being loved; fear of commitment; do you allow yourself to be loved? These were a few of my working titles for this blog post.

The word that keeps coming up is FEAR or in other words, ANXIETY. I hear the word anxiety far more often in my practice than I hear the word fear. People are a lot more inclined to say, "I struggle with anxiety" than "I struggle with fear." In any case, this is a...