Hello! We welcome your interest in treatment at The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
All patients applying to the Center for treatment are carefully evaluated to be sure that undertaking an analysis with one of our analysts-in-training is in their best interests at this time. Our evaluation process has several parts which help both us and you evaluate your current situation.
The first step for anyone interested is to fill out the online Application Form.
This form asks for information regarding current life circumstances, past treatment, physical health, and reasons for seeking analytic treatment at the present time. This information is collected and stored in a highly secure manner, meeting the privacy and confidentiality standards of CUIMC. Note that patients entering analysis with a clinician who has been treating them privately will also fill out an Initial Inquiry form, and this information will be provided directly to the treating clinician.
After you have filled out the form:
One of the Service Directors will review it and call you, typically within 2 weeks. We will review any questions that have come up, on your end or ours.
If we determine you would benefit from a consultation, we will match you with an available clinician and orient you to the next steps. You will contact that clinician directly to set up an initial meeting. Please note that we do not always have clinicians available to conduct an evaluation.
Your evaluation may last several sessions. At times,having several different opportunities to reflect on your experiences may give you a better sense of the nature of psychoanalytic treatment as well as giving the doctor conducting your evaluation a chance to formulate an impression of what type of treatment is optimal to address the issues for which you are seeking treatment.
If analysis is not the most appropriate form of treatment for you at this time, we will help you find a referral for the appropriate type of treatment. If analysis is the treatment of choice, you will enter treatment with the clinician who has conducted your evaluation or another one of our analysts-in-training.
The fee for evaluation sessions is $30 per session. If your evaluation leads to treatment, your analyst will speak with you about the details of scheduling, will set a fee with you for ongoing treatment based on your ability to pay, and will provide you with any other information you need.