Training in Adult Psychoanalysis

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“For most mental health professionals, the graduate training experience does not fully prepare one to be a skilled, knowledgeable and confident therapist. While we continue to learn from our patients throughout our professional lives, we believe that advanced formal training is crucial to our efforts to provide the highest level of clinical competence.  (These) programs are designed to enrich psychotherapeutic skills and to provide a background in psychodynamic principles and the theoretical basis of clinical work.”  — American Psychoanalytic Association

Mary Nielsen, MD, Dean
Work phone: 314-721-7550

Peter Ruderman, MSW, LCSW
Work phone: 314-754-3253

Cheryl Lawler, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Progression Committee Chair
Work phone: 314-727-1999

What is Adult Psychoanalysis?

A primary function of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is the training of psychoanalysts. As a treatment, psychoanalysis is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of the connections between their emotions and their behaviors. When normal development is impaired by a conflict or trauma, the aim of treatment is the resolution of the unconscious conflicts impeding development.

Analysis is an intimate partnership between the patient and the analyst. The patient becomes aware of the underlying issues, not simply intellectually, but emotionally, through the experience with the analyst. Successful treatment increases emotional capacity, alters psychic structures, and facilitates healthy growth.

Psychoanalysts strive to listen to and understand their patients. This emphasis differentiates analysts from other mental health professionals who prescribe either medicine or behavior modification. Candidates for Adult Psychoanalytic Training require the maturity, integrity, and character necessary to function as a psychoanalyst.

The Educational Program

Adult training at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is divided into three major areas:

  1. Four-year didactic curriculum includes theoretical and clinical coursework. Candidates are required to complete all courses and seminars outlined in the curriculum at the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, and 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124.  Classes meet on Fridays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm from September through May. A graduation project demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of psychoanalysis is required.
  2. Supervised psychoanalysis of three patients: In the 2nd trimester of the program candidates may begin psychoanalytic treatment of their first patient under supervision. Candidates will conduct the analysis of three patients, including at least one male and one female, at a frequency of four or five therapeutic sessions per week.
  3. Candidates will have three different supervising analysts offering exposure to a variety of differing viewpoints. Initially, supervision is carried out weekly. Case write-ups are part of the clinical requirements.
  4. Personal analysis of the candidate: Candidates will undertake a personal psychoanalysis with an Institute Training Analyst of the candidate’s choosing.
  5. The goal of the personal analysis is to enable the candidate to confront and understand his or her own unconscious conflicts. This pursuit of self-understanding and the ability to use one’s own personality as a tool in the analysis of another is essential for effective analytic work with patients.


The following professionals are eligible to apply for Adult Psychoanalytic Training.

A) Physicians who are graduates of a school accredited by the AMA, A.A or who have equivalent training in a foreign medical school and who are in or have completed a psychiatric residency program.

B) Clinical psychologists and social workers with a doctoral level clinical degree (e.g. PhD, PsyD, DSW)

C) Social workers who hold an MSW and have completed a two year post-graduate psychotherapy program such as the Institute’s Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (APP) and who have 60 hours of individual supervision.

D) Other mental health professionals who have experience and training in psychodynamic psychotherapy may be eligible through a waiver process of the American Psychoanalytic Association.COPAP Waiver (pdf, 186.97KB)

E) Academics engaged in teaching or research who could benefit from the application of clinical psychoanalytic knowledge or whose expertise could contribute to psychoanalysis.CORST Waiver (pdf, 73.55KB)

F) Academics may also apply for non-clinical training for research purposes.

G) A candidate in good standing from another Institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association may apply for transfer.

How to Apply

Hit the application icon above, fill out, and hit SUBMIT, or print and mail  to:

Randi Sarsfield, Programs & Services Coordinator
St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63124


For questions or to receive additional information about this program contact Cathy Krane, Executive Director at (314) 361-7075, x323, or e-mail her at

Following submission of an application, there will be three personal/clinical interviews with faculty members. Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year.
Application Fee $300


2019-20 tuition is $5,932 per year (based on class sessions for two semesters) for applications received prior to May 15.

For applications received after May 15, tuition is $6,229.

Tuition is subject to change annually.   Limited financial assistance is available.

* An annual non-refundable resources fee of $120 is due by June 1 for all participants.


The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute has a commitment to students wishing to further their education through our programs. The Institute offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for its training courses. Institute scholarship applications are available within the program application.

Scholarship applications are due April 15.

The American Psychoanalytic Association offers external scholarships for analytic candidates.