Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
As a psychoanalyst, I work with a wide range of people who are experiencing difficulties with various aspects of their lives, including emotional struggles (extreme moods, sadness and grief, anxiety, depression), difficulty letting go of negative past experiences or patterns, and difficulties identifying or realizing desires for the future. I'm also interested in exploring diverse modes of sexual expression, and in the spiritual dimensions of our lives.
The process of psychoanalysis focuses on the unconscious and its articulations in language, dreams, slips of the tongue, fantasies, and repetition. Through listening and responding to your speech, we will discover life patterns of which you may be unaware and the deep-seated conflicts that cause them. This process allows you to open up new possibilities, explore your goals and relationships, and re-envision life choices even when you may seem trapped. It supports your quest to find meaning and happiness in your life. Through this work you will find a wellness that is fundamental.
Trained both in Lacanian psychoanalysis and as a Professor of literature, philosophy, and cultural studies, I offer a unique form of listening that allows close attention to your speech from multiple perspectives. As an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at U.C. Berkeley and in the English and Women's Studies Departments at Harvard Universities, I've specialized in teaching literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and gender studies.
Alongside my clinical practice, I've published many scholarly books and articles, as well as two full-length, prize-winning collections of poetry. (My professional resume is available upon request.) My background as a poet and scholar informs my clinical practice, orienting analysis toward each client's imagination as the source of their discovery of their own truth, desires and solutions.
- Barbara Claire Freeman, Ph.D.