Psychoanalysis for the 21st Century

The WBCP brings over 75 years of commitment and innovation to the field of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic training. Welcome.

 What are you interested in?

Psychoanalytic Fellowship Programs

Learn foundational psychoanalytic principles. (9 months).

Psychoanalytic Studies Program

Introduction to essential concepts in psychoanalysis. (2 years).

Psychoanalytic Training Programs

Prepare to practice as an Adult Psychoanalyst. Child and Adolescent training is also offered.
We at the WBCP are committed to examining all aspects of diversity in the composition of our membership, our client systems, and our teaching. We are committed to redressing failures of the past through furthering our own education and sensitivities to issues of diversity. We aim to create a welcoming atmosphere that is open to discussion and change, one that approaches past failures with non-defensiveness, accepting responsibility and committing to improvement. We aim to grow.


Public Programs Calendar


Friday, April 14, 2023 | 12:15 pm2:15 pm

Washington Case Conference

The Washington Area Case Conference and Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (WBCP) and the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS). This program is offered…

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 9:30 am12:30 pm

Clinical Psychotherapy Program

Friday, April 21, 2023 | 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Psychoanalyic Takes on the Cinema: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Discussion of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open 2015 (105 min) Directors: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn Discussant: Helen DeVinney, PsyD *** Film must be viewed prior to …

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WBCP publishes essays and articles on this website in two collections.
PsychBites offers monthly tapas-sized reads designed to spark interest and provoke thought.
While Beyond the Couch delivers periodic posts focused on bringing community back into psychoanalysis.


Tapas-sized reads designed to spark interest and provoke thought.

Up Close and Personal

Biennially, the National Portrait Gallery fosters a competition where artists around the country submit intimate portrayals of a human being – sometimes themselves. In this video portrait, 2013 award winner Bo Gehring presents Esperanza Spalding ( 

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No Words

On a recent trip to Germany, I was very interested to see their modern art, to see what sense the people are making of who they are.  Contemporary psychoanalytic thinking holds that some facts of human existence cannot be said but rather shown, as expressed in the arts.

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A favorite amusement during my elementary-school years was a puzzle-map of the United States. The puzzle pieces comprised all the states. The top of the puzzle went beyond the USA halfway up Canada, and the bottom ended halfway through Mexico.

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Beyond the Couch

Thoughtful posts bringing community back into psychoanalysis.

The House of Ruth

In her essay about her years as a board member at the House of Ruth, Carolyn Gruber does a beautiful job describing the work done in this incredible “house” where women, children and families are “empowered to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness”. For those of you who don’t know Carolyn, besides her volunteer work as a consultant and volunteer throughout the Washington area, she is quite accomplished as a leader, teacher, clinician and writer. Carolyn is adjunct faculty at the Smith College School of Social Work and had been on the faculty of

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Off The Couch: Onto the Saddle

In this issue of “Beyond the Couch,” we are pleased to offer you Paula Hamm’s work on bringing psychoanalysis out of the office and, quite literally, onto the saddle. Dr. Hamm’s exceptional work as a volunteer support for equestrian therapy breathes life into the notion that a deep understanding of psychoanalytic principles can guide and expand the impact of life-changing therapeutic interventions. Dr. Hamm recognizes the unique bond between humans and horses, as well as the powerful effect of gaining mastery in the face of vulnerability, in the context of a safe and supportive holding environment.

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News + Updates

Stay informed and read the latest news from WBCP.

Observational Studies Program Open House

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm The Observational Studies Program announces our Open House An In-Person Event at   The Colonnade Condominium 2801 New Mexico Ave NW Washington, 20007 Lobby Floor Party Room  Street parking is available on Fulton St, Tunlaw Rd and New Mexico Avenue        

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