Welcome to the website of the
Psychoanalytic Research Consortium!
This site is for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about talk therapy, including any and all treatments for a variety of different emotional or psychological conditions that are based in speaking to one another. We understand this covers quite a lot.
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Why do we focus on psychoanalysis?
- Psychoanalysis is the grandparent of most therapies in use today. As a field, it has evolved since it began in the late 19th century. Many of the original insights and the ways psychoanalysis has changed and innovated are relevant to how psychotherapists help patients.
- The central discoveries of psychoanalysis underlie most psychotherapeutic benefit. This may be true even in types of therapy that are considered distinct from psychoanalytic ones.
- Most research studies have supported the need for intensive, longer-term work to help patients overcome long-standing difficulties in how they are feeling and thinking, and how such thoughts and feelings affect how they define themselves, their relationships, the nature and quality of their work and play, and the degree of satisfaction, purpose, and meaning in their lives. Without this kind of experience, patients often relapse into older and long-standing patterns of emotional difficulty and suffering.
Advantages of the Psychoanalytic Research Consortium:
We rely on our past collective clinical experience and also clinical research from successful and non-successful psychoanalyses. Throughout this website, you will find annotated clinical illustrations from psychoanalyses and psychoanalytic psychotherapy that we feel usefully illustrate many aspects of how these treatments work. The combination of what we offer is unique, or nearly so:
- A description of psychoanalytic (psychodynamic) psychotherapy as illustrated by a manual describing components of treatment, used now for thirty years, to define and illustrate the contributions of both therapist and patient to the ongoing work. Using this PRC Psychotherapy Manual may provide an accessible means to understand different components of the psychotherapy process for anyone interested in psychotherapy.
- A database of 40 fully recorded psychoanalyses and 41 psychotherapies collected over 40 years by multiple, experienced therapists. Here, we provide confidentialized transcripts from these therapies by senior clinicians, linked to descriptions of what is happening in the conversation between the participants, so that clinicians studying our materials can see the way the dimensions of psychotherapy look in context and in actual practice.
- An extended clinical illustration, with actors taking the parts of therapist and patient, to bring alive the text for learning purposes. The replacement of the patient and therapist by actors simultaneously serves to protect the patient’s anonymity.
- Annotated references relevant to our clinical descriptions, to further research or other perspectives within a given area.
What have we done and what needs to be done?
Members of the PRC have written the following recent publication to summarize the current state of the field of psychotherapy research and our contributions to it:
From the book: Axelrod, S.D., Naso, R.C., & Rosenberg, L.M. (eds.) (2018)Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the Future of the Profession. New York, NY: Routledge.
Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association has provided financial support for the development of this website.