Psychoanalysis/Psychotherapy Schools, Colleges & Degree Programs

The psychoanalytic approach to psychology was founded by Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis is based on the theory that the unconscious mind influences the conscious self. While some professionals still question the validity of psychoanalysis, the theories and methods introduced by psychanalytic thinking have greatly contributed to the practice of experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology and of course modern day psychotherapy.

Career paths in psychoanalysis are quite diverse. Psychoanalysts work as educators and researchers, in legal settings and as board members for large organizations. Surprisingly, psychoanalysts also work as clinicians, academicians, educators, sports analysts, management consultants, historians, authors, neuroscientists, psychotherapists, k-12 mental health and consultants. These are just a few examples of a plethora of career paths available to students who pursue a degree or advanced training in psychoanalysis.

Every state in the nation requires that psychotherapists, psychologists and counselors that practice psychotherapy earn a minimum of a master's degree in clinical psychology, couseling or clinical social work. Many state require a Ph.D. In addition to earning a degree, most states also require that students complete a 2 year supervised clinical practice (sort of like a residency program). At the doctorate level, psychotherapy programs typically focus on psychotherapy research, psychotherapeutic medicine and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Once all education requirements have been completed, students must take the National Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (NEPPP). This exam covers psychological research methods, psychological assessment and psychotherapy techniques.

Below you'll find a comprehensive list of colleges and universities offering accredited psychology programs that can lead to career in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Argosy University
Chicago, IL
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY

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