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The goals of the candidate’s psychoanalysis are a crucial blend of the personal and the professional. These include a deepening awareness and appreciation of one’s unconscious mental life, motivations, fears, representations, identifications, conflicts, and ongoing power of the past in the present. The personal analysis develops greater capacities for self reflection, empathy, and mature self regulation of one’s emotional responses, all essential for an analyst’s role in creating an effective analytic process.
Of particular importance is the way the personal analysis helps the candidate understand counter-transferences and enactments in the work he or she is doing during training.
If you have are intersted in training at Columbia and are not yet in an analysis, we are happy to provide you referrals to one of our analysts who have been trained and approved to treat psychoanalytic candidates.
Once you have applied to the Center, you may contact any one of our consultants directly to obtain a free and confidentail referral. Your conversation with the consultant will be entirely private and will have no bearing whatsoever on your application to the Center. You may choose to meet with any one of the following three consultants:Brenda Berger PhD, Natasha Chriss MD, and Nathan Kravis MD
Applicants to the Center already in analysis with a designated training analyst from Columbia Psychoanalytic and one of our two collaborating institutes, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI), and the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY), may continue their analysis. Applicants in established analyses with an analyst at one of these institutes who is not designated as a Training Analyst may apply for a waiver to continue that treatment.
In addition, applicants in established analyses with a designated training analyst at an APsaA institute other than Columbia, NYPSI, or PANY are also eligible to apply for a waiver to continue with that clinician as their training analyst.
Waivers represent exceptions and are not always granted. To learn more please read our guide to applying for a waiver. Applications for a waiver begin with both candidate and analyst completing and submitting waiver consent forms included in the guide to Madrid Poultney.
If you are already in treatment, whether with someone who is a TA at one of the three institutes mentioned above or someone who is not and will require a waiver, you may wonder if you should continue that treatment or start with a new analyst. When questions like this arise, seeking a consultation can be very helpful.
As with those seeking a referral to an analyst, once you have applied to the Center, you may contact any one of four senior analysts at the Center who will gladly provide a free and confidentail consultation on your ongoing treatment. Your conversation with the consultant will be entirely private and will have no bearing whatsoever on your application to the Center. You may choose to meet with any one of the following three consultants:Brenda Berger PhD, Natasha Chriss MD, and Nathan Kravis MD
All candidates must begin their training analysis on or before the beginning of their first semester of classes and at least six months prior to starting their first psychoanalytic training case. Training analyses take place at a frequency of four times weekly, although we recognize that occasional, time-limited modifications of the frame, including changes in frequency and the use of the couch, may be necessary from time to time. At a minimum, it is expected that the candidate's personal analysis overlap significantly with his or her clinical casework and continue throughout most of his or her years in training.
Personal analyses take place in the office of the training analysts. Our training analysts have offices throughout Manhattan. A few are located in Westchester.
A candidate and Training Analyst establish the fee for the their work privately. Candidates may opt to enroll in Columbia Student Health Insurance which reimburses students 70% of the reasonable and customary fees of psychoanalytic treatment. More information on our health insurance options can be found here.
The personal analysis at Columbia is a fully confidential and completely private experience between analyst and candidate. The only information reported by the Training Analyst to the Center is a twice yearly statement that the analysis is ongoing (or has terminated).