Why are psychoanalysts harder to come by than psychologists/psychiatrists?

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I’ve seen a number of psychologists and psychiatrists but never found their approach to be suited to me and how my mind works but I’ve done research on more traditional psychoanalysis and am very interested. But I can’t seem to find a psychoanalyst nearby. Why are they harder to come by and what kind of person would benefit more from a psychoanalyst as opposed to the others?

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  1. Psychoanalysts are primarily located in large cities where there is a large enough population of people who can afford to pay their fees. There always were fewer psychoanalysts because of the need for further training after the psychiatric residency and the requirement to have undergone a successful analysis oneself. In the US, psychoanalysts must be physicians (psychiatrists) first, but in Europe and the UK, psychologists can be analysts. Look in the large cities (particularly New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; I’m not sure about Chicago or Los Angeles) for the Psychoanalytic Institute- New York and Boston will have several- and talk to them about finding an analyst. You can cut the cost a bit by doing analysis with a student analyst (who will be a qualified psychiatrist).

  2. Psychoanalysts get additional training, often after they have be come a psychologist or a psychiatrist. In the US there are ‘Psychoanalytic Institutes’ , among probably other places they can get this training. If you are here you should look for the nearest one of these and ask them for a referral to do psychoanalysis.
    I’ve done psycho-dynamic with trained psychoanalysts, but never psychoanalysis – I don’t think I would like that.

  3. Psychoanalysis has been shown to actually offer few benefits. Basically, determining that you smoke because you were possibly traumatized during nursing doesn’t help you, and probably isn’t true anyway. Further, psychoanalysis has been debunked a lot (a cigar is almost always just a cigar) and simply doesn’t seem to have many instances where the predictions it makes turned out to be true, unlike more modern forms of psychiatry and psychology, which show measurable improvements in patients.
    Basically, you can’t find a psychoanalyst because they all lost their jobs, and the few that are left are clinging to a theory that was outdated 30 years ago.

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