EPISODE #114 - The Analyst's Early Experiences: Emerging Themes in Theory and Practice

Schwartz, H. (Host). (2022, July 3).

The Analyst's Early Experiences: Emerging Themes in Theory and Practice.

We begin with the recognition that psychoanalysts share certain character traits that incline us toward the work we do. Often, wishing to heal our patients is mapped onto our early templates of wishing to heal our parents. Karen describes her own relationship with her mother which she feels contributed to her becoming a psychoanalyst.

NEW Books on Psychoanalysis

The Analyst’s Vulnerability: Impact on Theory and Practice: An interview with Karen Maroda.

The Analyst’s Vulnerability: Impact on Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2021) closely examines the analyst's early experiences and character traits, demonstrating the impact they have on theory building and technique. Arguing that the choice of theory and interventions are unconsciously shaped by clinicians' early experiences, this book argues for greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and open dialogue as a corrective.

Barsness, R (Host). (2021, December 23)

EPISODE #15 - Dr. Karen Maroda - Therapists Are Human Too

Every once in a while, as a psychotherapist you come across an author whose work really resonates with you. It challenges, inspires, and makes a mark on your own way of practicing. Dr. Karen Maroda is one of those authors.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Karen Maroda as much as I did!


The following resources will help to explain how I practice as well as what psychoanalytic treatment is about and why it is effective.

  1. The video provided (What is psychoanalysis?) provides a great introduction to psychoanalytic treatment.

  2. This article (The tyranny of time: How long does effective therapy really take?) explains why psychoanalytic treatment can be longer than other types.

  3. Jonathon Shelder's Getting to know me: What's behind psychoanalysis provides a great overview of the proven benefits of psychoanalytic treatment. (Scientific American: Mind).

In this podcast, I am interviewed about the specific aspects of my approach to treatment. It is a bit long, but if you listen for a few minutes you will get a fuller picture of how I practice and what is unique about my approach.