About Psychoanalysis

about psychoanalysis

The goal of psychoanalytic treatment is to help individuals become mature, well-functioning human beings enlivened by a renewed sense of their own unique path in life.

Before deciding to embark on a voyage of self-discovery via psychoanalysis, it is important to ensure that the practitioners you consult are trained specifically in the therapy they practice, and that they have the appropriate credentials. NAAP-registered psychoanalysts are identified by the title NCPsyA.


NAAP Position Statement on Psychoanalytic Research

NAAP believes that research, as one of the most important ways to advance knowledge, is critical to the field of psychoanalysis. Thus, NAAP endorses the following principles.

Benefits of psychoanalytic research include:
  • exploring and further learning about the human condition
  • advancing understanding and refinement of existing psychoanalytic theory
  • discovering and expanding new psychoanalytic theory
  • reinforcing the efficacy of established psychoanalytic treatment
  • expanding the range of options for psychoanalytic treatment
  • identifying when psychoanalysis might not be the best treatment option
  • responding to arguments of critics of psychoanalysis
  • supporting advocacy efforts with policy makers and the public that promote psychoanalytic treatments 

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Studies of Treatment Effectiveness: Comparing Psychodynamic Therapies with CBT and Medication

by Mark Winborn, PhD, NCPsyA 

Introduction: In recent years there has been a great deal of publicity and advertisingregarding the benefits of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as cost effective approaches to treating emotional issues and various forms of mental distur- bance. Additionally, sources that advocate for the use of “cost-effective” treatments often point to psychodynamic treatment as outdated, ineffectual and not cost-effec- tive. However, the information being disseminated to the public does not accurately portray the effectiveness of either medication or CBT, nor does it accurately repre- sent the available research on psychodynamic therapy as a robust, contemporary treatment that is both clinically effective and cost-effective. The psycho-pharmaceu- tical industry and insurance companies have vested monetary interest in misrepre- senting the scientific findings for these various treatments. In this brief position pa- per, the available scientific literature for medication interventions, CBT, and psycho- dynamic psychotherapy will be contrasted and reviewed. Read more here.