The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, for more than 40 years, has offered training in psychoanalysis. It is the only accredited, degree-granting school of its kind in the United States, offering master’s and doctoral programs pertaining to the subject.
Psychoanalysis is a path of treatment which fosters self-awareness and insight, and works to improve people’s lives. This approach facilitates a vantage point on one’s personal assumptions and circumstances. Through psychoanalysis, one has the opportunity to explore root causes of these factors, make changes, and improve future decisions. A commonly held idea among psychoanalysts is that of unconscious factors determining behavior, as well as the past’s impact upon the present. Frequency of sessions varies for individual, buta regular schedule of visits is encouraged to maintain continuity and sustain positive results. During sessions, a patient is often on a couch, with the analyst seated behind; this serves to remove the social context of a conversation, and typically opens the patient up to personal insights more easily.