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Psychoanalyst

PSYCHOANALYSIS

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Dr. Marcelo Gomes, LP, NCPsyA

Psychoanalysis in not counseling.

Psychoanalysis in not psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy

n. any psychological service provided by a trained professional that primarily uses forms of communication and interaction to assess, diagnose, and treat dysfunctional emotional reactions, ways of thinking, and behavior patterns. Psychotherapy may be provided to individuals, couples (see couples therapy), families (see family therapy), or members of a group (see group therapy). There are many types of psychotherapy, but generally they fall into four major categories: psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy or behavior therapy, humanistic therapy, and integrative psychotherapy. The psychotherapist is an individual who has been professionally trained and licensed (in the United States by a state board) to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders by psychological means. He or she may be a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, social worker, or psychiatric nurse. Also called therapy; talk therapy. —psychotherapeutic adj. (Source: APA Dictionary - American Psychological Association).

Counseling

n. professional assistance in coping with personal problems, including emotional, behavioral, vocational, marital, educational, rehabilitation, and life-stage (e.g., retirement) problems. The counselor makes use of such techniques as active listening, guidance, advice, discussion, clarification, and the administration of tests. (Source: APA dictionary - American Psychological Association).

Psychoanalysis

n. an approach to the mind, personality, psychological disorders, and psychological treatment originally developed by Sigmund Freud at the beginning of the 20th century. The hallmark of psychoanalysis is the assumption that much mental activity is unconscious and that understanding people requires interpreting the unconscious meaning underlying their overt, or manifest, behavior. Psychoanalysis (often shortened to analysis) focuses primarily, then, on the influence of such unconscious forces as repressed impulses, internal conflicts, and childhood traumas on the mental life and adjustment of the individual. The foundations on which classical psychoanalysis rests are (a) the concept of infantile sexuality; (b) the Oedipus complex; (c) the theory of instincts or drives; (d) the pleasure principle and the reality principle; (e) the threefold structure of the psyche into id, ego, and superego; and (f) the central importance of anxiety and defense mechanisms in neurotic reactions. By contrast, contemporary psychoanalysis and other forms such as object relations theory, self psychology, and relational psychoanalysis share a belief in a dynamic unconscious but with minimal or no attention directed to drives or to structural theory. Psychoanalysis as a therapy seeks to bring about basic modifications in an individual’s personality by investigating his or her transference with the analyst or therapist and thereby eliciting and interpreting the unconscious conflicts that have produced the individual’s neurosis. The specific methods used to achieve this goal are free association, dream analysis, analysis of resistances and defenses, and working through the feelings revealed in the transference and countertransference process. Also called Freudian approach; Freudianism. See also analytic psychology; ego psychology; individual psychology; neo-Freudian. —psychoanalytic adj. (Source: APA Dictionary - American Psychological Association).

As an approach to the mind based on free association and exploration of the unconscious, psychoanalysis does not work with tests, advices, counseling, psychoherapeutic plan, or diagnosis. Psychoanalysis is an experience of resignification. Psychoanalysis requires the analysand to have two or more sessions a week. 

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ABOUT ME

Putting My Experience
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I’m a Licensed Psychoanalyst, a Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst in the United States, and a Registered Psychoanalyst in the United Kingdom. 

 

I’ve been in clinical practice for 19 years and over 10 years as a training and supervising psychoanalyst. Some of my supervisees are psychoanalysts, psychologists, and psychotherapists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Brazil. 

 

My clinical experience includes working as the lead staff to approximately 120 clinical professionals in 5 units of a public mental health service in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

 

In my academic experience, I’ve taught psychology of education, philosophy, and psychoanalysis in different universities and programs in Brazil and held academic positions as director for graduate programs in a public college in Rio de Janeiro, and served as president of a public university also in Brazil. 

 

In the past, I had a strong interest in religion which led me to get my first doctoral degree in Religion from Boston University.

I am currently working on my second doctoral degree. I’m a Ph.D. candidate at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria. My research interests and academic work are focused on object relations and postmodernity. More specifically about relational patterns in the virtual world, free association, representation, and imagistic thinking in the psychoanalytic process, religious trauma, and contemporary object relations theories. 

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Licenses, Certifications and Memberships

Licensed Psychoanalyst, Vermont 098.0133630

Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst, NAAP P212047

Registered Psychoanalyst in the United Kingdom MBACP 387671

I am a member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center, APSaA/IPA, the American Psychological Association, the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies, and the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. 

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