I am a psychologist in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 2012 I was elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association for my contributions to psychology on a national level. I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. I have been in private practice for over 30 years and give lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally. I am the author of three books, several book chapters, and numerous journal articles and book reviews. I am passionate about the change process and have made it my life’s work to innovate psychodynamic techniques, making the process more interactive and collaborative.

My books and papers, as well as workshops and lectures, are devoted primarily to this subject, and are aimed at helping therapists to become more engaged with their clients. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis are not passive activities. Psychotherapy is most successful when the therapist and client are a good match, meaning they can speak easily to each other and feel comfortable with each other. Then they can collaboratively begin the process of addressing the patient’s issues, the deep emotions that typically accompany them, and decide together on the goals of treatment.

I see clients/patients a minimum of once per week for psychotherapy and twice per week for psychoanalysis. The frequency of visits promotes a safe, structured, predictable environment that allows patients to consciously and unconsciously anticipate the opportunity to temporarily let down their defenses. This frees them to experience buried emotions associated with the problems of living they are currently bringing to treatment. Self-awareness and the ability to know and feel deep emotions typically leads to greater integration, maturity, and a sense of being in control of one’s life that may have been elusive in the past.

Recent Posts

Emotional Pain and the Unique Approach of Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis has long been unique in its approach to people’s emotional pain.  Rather than emphasizing positive thinking and…
Read More 10/11/2018

Why Psychoanalysis is Making a Comeback

Last month the official monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association, Monitor on Psychology, featured an article on…
Read More 01/12/2018

The Case Against Online Dating

In my last blog post I talked about Todd McGowan’s book Capitalism and Desire, discussing how capitalism has…
Read More 11/26/2017


Dr. Karen J. Maroda, ABPP