Who is a psychoanalyst?

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, The American Psychoanalytic Association has established the following standards for its members:

  • Rigorous and extensive clinical education
  • Meet high ethical, psychological and professional standards
  • Hold a doctoral degree in psychiatry, psychology or social work, or hold a clinical masters degree
  • Have extensive clinical experience

Psychoanalytical training consists of three parts: classes in theory and technique, personal psychoanalysis, and the supervised analysis of many patients.

Despite the extensive training required, anyone, even someone with little or unrelated training, may use the title, “psychoanalyst.”  Federal or state law does not protect the designation. Therefore, it is very important to review a practitioner’s credentials before beginning treatment.