"Altered States of Body and Mind"
This 30-week course begins with a review of classical, object relations and intersubjective psychoanalytic concepts pertaining to substance abuse and eating disorders.
We examine the neurobiology of addiction, affect dysregulation and anxious attachment strategies underlying compulsive food and substance use. We examine sexual addiction, gambling, gaming and the allure of high-risk activities.
LAISPS is dedicated to psychoanalytic independence, an open-minded, discerning attitude toward the rich diversity of psychoanalytic theory and practice. We highly value the broad spectrum of psychoanalytic thought, including classical psychoanalytic theory, object relations, and attachment theory as well as contemporary perspectives of self psychology, intersubjectivity, and relational theories. The institute is committed to excellence in education of psychoanalysts as well as psychotherapists, graduate students and interns who wish to deepen their theoretical understanding and clinical skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Meet Some Members of our community
Michael Diamond, Ph.D.
"I'm grateful to be a part of an institute that reflects the independent-minded spirit and soul of an inclusive, yet distinctive analytic vision emphasizing mind-body issues, drives, object relations, intersubjectivity, and unconscious mental work."
Kerri Johnson, Psy.D..
"I've really enjoyed a rich, meaningful experience at LAISPS. The thought provoking seminars and sharp minded professors and classmates have been exceptional."
Valérie von Raffay, Ph.D.
"Psychoanalysis illuminates the returning “ghosts” of our past and how they interfere with our ability to love and work.”
“Joining the LAISPS community has been a deeply fulfilling experience, both personally and professionally. It has introduced me to the psychoanalytic perspective and made space for a more compassionate examination of the human condition, affliction, and resilience.”
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Graduate LAISPS Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program