|What is the Analyst's Advocate?
Psychoanalysis is a highly efficacious treatment, helping people to deepen
their self-understanding, their capacity for intimacy, and their ability to
live fuller lives. Yet, a lack of public awareness of our interventions
threatens the very future of psychoanalysis.
Many lay people, and even some mental health professionals, have very little
notion as to what we do, how we do it and whom it helps. This is unfortunate
inasmuch as countless individuals, who could undoubtedly benefit from
treatment, remain un-served. That many candidates and graduate analysts
report difficulty finding analysands makes this fact all the more
lamentable. This situation is not idiosyncratic to our institute. Analysts
at other local institutes are reporting similar concerns.
Yet, this state of affairs is not irreparable. There are many steps that we
can take to change the tide. This column, which will appear in each
newsletter, will be devoted to describing, advocacy efforts, in which we can