Who we are
The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis provides training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The Denver Psychoanalytic Society offers continuing education, lectures, seminars, films and other programs to promote the understanding of psychoanalysis in an effort to enrich the human experience for those in our communities.
The term "psychoanalysis" refers to theories of personality structure and function, to the application of these theories to other fields of knowledge, and to a specific psychotherapeutic technique. This body of knowledge is based on the fundamental psychological discoveries made by Sigmund Freud.
While the main difference between psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy is frequency of sessions, another difference is psychoanalytic patients tend to lay down on the couch with the therapist out of view whereas in many psychodynamic therapy sessions, the patient sits upright and facing the therapist.
Both psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy value free association and the unconscious.
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As a nonprofit organization, our efforts are fully funded by donations, faculty dues, tuition and grants. The contributions we receive help offset the operating costs associated with our post graduate programs. Our faculty donates over 1,000 hours a year in teaching, governance, and community service with the purpose of providing psychoanalytic education for qualified applicants, to advance scholarship and research in the science of psychoanalysis, and to encourage application of psychoanalytic knowledge to relevant fields of study and practice. If your provider graduated from the psychiatry residency at UCHSC during the past 50 years, he or she benefited from and uses our training.
Over the course of your lifetime, you or someone you know may seek a psychoanalyst or psychotherapist to improve your/their quality of life. We hope you would like to make a difference by changing the lives of those that seek psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy by helping to support our mission as we make good therapists better.