The proven effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is based on learning about oneself within the interaction between you and your analyst.
Through self-exploration you can discover inner resources to live life more fully.

A Psychoanalyst Can Help You…

  • Get relief from painful emotional symptoms.
  • Feel understood as a unique individual.
  • Improve your personal relationships.
  • Become more productive at work.
  • Take more pleasure from life.
  • Change lifelong ways of coping that just aren’t working.
  • Understand feelings and behaviors that just don’t make sense.
  • Gain greater control over your life.
  • Stop self-destructive patterns of behavior.
  • Understand yourself.
  • Prevent the past from interfering in the present.
  • Talk things over in a safe and private environment.
  • Unlock your creative potential.

Developed by: Gail Saltz MD., Co-chair, Committee on Public Information, American Psychoanalytic Association.

Some of the serious conditions treated by psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis include:

  • Anxiety and stress 

  • Depression

  • Work difficulties

  • Gender and sexuality issues

  • Relationship issues

  • Low self esteem

  • Self harm

  • Unresolved grief and loss

  • A sense of emptiness and hopelessness

  • Coping with physical illness

  • School and learning issues

  • Difficulty coping with feelings or thoughts

Most people experiencing distress in their lives can benefit from in-depth therapy. You and your analyst work collaboratively to identify and understand the meaning of your emotional reactions, thoughts, memories, fantasies, and dreams in an effort to alleviate personal suffering. This form of therapy has allowed many people to make profound and fundamental changes in their lives, resulting in a greater capacity for work, love, play, and creativity.

A consultation is the best way of determining if you can benefit. An evaluation by an MPI psychoanalyst will help determine the best possible recommendation for treatment. We look at your unique life story, strengths, challenges, and inner life to help determine how to help you.

We offer help to individuals, families, and couples by providing evaluation, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Through self-exploration and self-understanding, psychoanalysis helps people discover their inner resources to live life more fully and to meet life’s challenges. Our psychoanalysts are highly trained and experienced in helping people make lasting change. No matter how other people see you, how you feel and see yourself counts a great deal.

If You Have a Problem or Question

The Patient and Colleague Assistance Committee of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is available to any patient, student, candidate, or faculty member who may have a concern about the competency or ethical behavior of any psychoanalyst whether in an educational or clinical situation. The committee will handle all concerns or complaints confidentially.