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Margaret Hamilton, MD
Associate Director, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center
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Upcoming "Why Psychoanalysis?"
In the earliest history of analytic training, it was considered necessary for the prospective analyst to undergo a “sample” of analysis in order to become acquainted with the unconscious and with mental mechanisms, interpretations, and insight. With increasing experience, the emphasis in the personal analysis has shifted from the didactic aspect of analysis to its therapeutic function.
The goals of the candidate’s own psychoanalysis are both personal and professional. Like all analyses, the training analysis has as its aim the deepening of the candidate’s capacities for intimacy, work, and play and the strengthening and enrichment of the candidate’s self experience. We hope that the candidate will gain an appreciation of the ways in which his or her perceptions or responses are influenced by unconscious processes. Meanwhile, the personal analysis fosters the maturation of the candidate as a psychoanalytically trained therapist. Responsiveness to the complex communications, needs, and fears of patients becomes richer and more resonant as areas of personal vulnerability are understood and mastered.
Applicants to the Center already in analysis with a training analyst fromColumbia, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, or the NYU Psychoanalytic Center will continue their analysis. Those applicants accepted for training and not in analysis will be referred to a training analyst. 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.
A candidate and Training Analyst establish the fee for the their work privately.
The personal analysis at Columbia is a fully confidential and completely private experience between analyst and candidate.