Referral Service for Psychoanalysis

Serving San Francisco, Marin, The Peninsula, East Bay & Sacramento Counties

What is Psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalysis is a method of treatment that offers a way of understanding ourselves, our relationships, and how we conduct ourselves in the world. Psychoanalysis helps people learn how they became who they are and why they do and feel the things they do. This understanding paves the way towards the emotional freedom necessary to make substantive, lasting changes.

Psychoanalysis is based on the observation that people are often unaware of the many underlying factors that determine their current emotions and behavior. Unconscious conflicts can create disharmony, unhappiness and inhibition that can often be observed through difficulties in work, relationships and personality.

The value of psychoanalytic treatment lies in the long-term, consistent relationship with someone – the analyst – who is working to understand us, accepts us for who we are, and who helps us with our struggles.

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San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Who Can Benefit From An Analysis?

Psychoanalysis is especially suited for those who need to get to the root of long-term problems and patterns. Some people come to analysis because of repeated difficulties in work or love brought about, not by chance, but by self-defeating patterns of behavior. Others come because of the way they are – their character –substantially limits their freedom and their ability to enjoy life. Still others seek analysis to definitively resolve psychological problems that were only temporarily or partially resolved by other forms of treatment.

One of the most common reasons for entering analysis is the problem of finding and maintaining a stable and loving relationship.


Is analysis for me?

If a person is capable of having and using insights, and is able to tolerate intense, difficult feelings that can arise during treatment, he or she is likely to be able to benefit from analysis. While analysis may not be for everyone, almost anyone suffering from psychological symptoms can benefit from analytically informed therapy.


A Psychoanalyst Can Help You:

  • Get relief from painful feelings
  • Improve personal relationships
  • Become more productive at work
  • Take more pleasure from life
  • Prevent the past from interfering with the present.
  • End problematic patterns of behavior.
  • Gain greater control over life
  • Unlock creative potential
  • Understand yourself
  • Feel understood


Who conducts Psychoanalysis?

Experienced graduate psychoanalysts and licensed clinicians who are undergoing advanced training in psychoanalysis – representing the most extensive and rigorous training in the field – are available for low / Moderate fee psychoanalysis.

For those individuals who are unable, for any reason, to take advantage of the opportunity for a low-fee psychoanalysis, referrals are available to SFCP community members who offer low-fee, analytically informed, psychotherapy.


Fees & Consultation

An initial consultation can help determine if psychoanalysis is the best option for treatment. Fees are flexible and based on the ability to pay. People from all walks of life including business leaders, healthcare professionals, teachers, parents, adolescents and children have found psychoanalysis to be most helpful. To find out more, call 415-857-6988 for questions or to request a consultation appointment.


For further information contact:

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103