Long Island Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Studying the Full Range of Human Emotion

Long Island Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

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Modern Psychoanalysis

Modern Psychoanalysis offers extensive theoretical and practical modifications of Freudian ideas and clinical methods. Freud believed that patients suffering from more severe personality disorders could not be treated successfully through talk therapy. Hyman Spotnitz, M.D., Sc.D., proved that such patients can be helped to engage in progressive verbal communication, and that they can ultimately achieve emotional health.

The central tool in Modern Psychoanalysis is the judicious use of feelings induced in the analyst by the patient. Emphasis is placed on a carefully tailored and evolving treatment contract.

The goal of Modern psychoanalytic treatment is to enable the patient to experience, tolerate and communicate all feelings, and to develop the wisdom to distinguish between destructive and constructive impulses and the ability to act appropriately.