To find a psychoanalyst in the Baltimore Washington area, you may contact our administrative office in Laurel, Maryland. The office will provide you with the names of analyst members near you.
- Baltimore (410) 792-8060
- Washington (301) 470-3635
- Fax (410) 792-4912
For those who cannot afford private fees, treatment is available through our Consultation and Referral Service at lower cost. Psychoanalysts in training–physicians, psychologists, or social workers who are already experienced therapists–will often adjust their fees to the financial needs of the patient. In addition, because of their commitment to analysis and to community service, many graduate analysts also make an effort to treat patients at reduced rates.
If you are located outside the Baltimore Washington area, you may contact the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City (212-752-0450), or consult its roster, available online.
Who is a Psychoanalyst?
The designation psychoanalyst is not protected by federal or state law: anyone, even an untrained person, may use the title. It is therefore important to know the practitioner’s credentials before beginning treatment.
Graduate psychoanalysts trained under the auspices of the American Psychoanalytic Association have had very rigorous and extensive clinical education. Candidates accepted for training at an accredited psychoanalytic institute must meet high ethical, psychological, and professional standards. These candidates are physicians who have completed a four-year residency program in psychiatry, or psychologists or social workers who have completed a doctoral program in their fields, as well as masters-level social workers who have had additional psychotherapy training and intensive clinical experience. Outstandingly qualified scholar-researchers, educators, and selected other professionals may also be approved for psychoanalytic training. All accepted candidates, whatever their background, then begin four to ten years of psychoanalytic training.
This training consists of three parts. Candidates attend classes in psychoanalytic theory and technique. They undergo a personal analysis. And they conduct the psychoanalysis of at least three patients under the close and extended supervision of experienced analysts. Candidates who plan to treat children attend further classes and, with supervision, analyze boys and girls ranging in age from toddlers to late adolescents.
Besides conducting psychoanalysis, most graduate analysts also practice intensive and brief psychotherapy, sometimes prescribing medication. Many treat couples, conduct family or group therapy sessions, and work with the aging.
Because psychoanalysts are provided with the most thorough education available in normal and pathological development, their training enhances the quality of all their therapeutic work. It also informs their community activities as teachers, supervisors, consultants, and researchers, in the many different settings–hospitals, medical schools, colleges, day-care centers–where analysts are found.