Analytic Insights

Analytic Insights is SIPP’s online journal. Professionals interested in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can share their clinical work as well as psychoanalytic thought. Curiosity and transparency are two essential benchmarks in psychoanalytic practice. So too in our journal we aim to dialogue with and challenge one another in the pursuit of new meaning and understanding. Analysts and candidates, within and outside of SIPP are encouraged to publish their work here. We are eager to hear from you.

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Linda Sleszynski, LCSW
What is the Significance of Psychoanalysis Today?
Linda Sleszynski, LCSW
SIPP Graduate, 2006

Psychoanalysis is a profoundly healing treatment modality which delves deeply into the most primitive of human struggles, early losses, traumas and other painful life experiences, in order to help our patients truly resolve their problems. The foundation of contemporary psychoanalysis remains built upon Freud’s original framework of bringing unconscious processes to conscious awareness. The commonly held stereotype of the psychoanalyst is often that of silent observer or infrequent interpreter of the patient’s unconscious dreams and processes. Analysis, as practiced today, however, is a “relational” approach; parting ways with the analyst as silent observer, and shifting focus to the analyst as an active participant in the treatment room. The analyst, through a respectful and empathic exploration of the patient’s personal narrative, works together with the patient to review past history and present struggles in order to make sense of issues previously out of the patient’s awareness. Links are made between the patient’s earliest relationships and how they impact and potentially limit current relating, feeling states and behaviors. The patient gains the capacity to utilize and integrate this therapeutic relationship with the analyst as a means to transform interactions, behaviors and relationships outside the treatment room. Ultimately, psychoanalysis has the capacity to free the patient from the past and discover more satisfying and fulfilling ways of living and relating in the world as opposed to feeling “stuck.” Old issues may at last be dealt with, understood, processed and let go.

Jill Sirota, LCSW
“In Treatment”: Reflection on the HBO Series
Presented at the SIPP Mid-Winter Brunch, January 9, 2011
Jill Sirota, LCSW
SIPP Advanced Candidate

The HBO “In Treatment” Series has entertained us with many compelling patients and dynamics over its three seasons, and one of this season’s characters, Sunil, is no exception. We meet Sunil, a middle-aged, recently widowed, retired mathematics professor from Calcutta when he is brought to treatment with Dr. Paul Weston by his son, Arun, and daughter-in-law, Julia. Disheveled and disengaged, Sunil does not want to be there. As the first session unfolds, however, Paul facilitates an alliance and elicits information about his life, his feelings about his displacement to America, and his increasingly difficult adjustment to his son’s American home. Click here to read the entire paper...