Psychoanalyst definition

  • A psychoanalyst interacts with individuals to initiate change in the patient’s behavior, feelings, and thoughtsthrough adaptation. A psychoanalyst offers treatment or management in individual and group settings. A licensed psychoanalyst obtains a master’s degree or doctorate in a specific mental health field, undertakes a supervised clinical residency, and is certified, registered or licensed by a psychological agency or government to which they are accountable.

  • Psychoanalyst fields of expertise

    Clinical psychologists

    Clinical social workers

    Family therapists

    Licensed counselors

    Marriage therapists


    Registered psychiatric nurses

    In some states the following may practice psychotherapy without a license:

    alcohol and drug counselors

    ordained priests



    Moreover, in other states, a person with a master’s degree in psychology or education may also practice psychotherapy or psychoanalysis without a license.

    Read more about How to become a Psychoanalyst.

    Psychotherapy Types

    Psychoanalysts use the following approaches to treat several psychological situations and conditions:

    Behavioral therapy

    controlled exposure with response prevention

    motivational enhancement therapy

    cognitive behavioral therapy


    Interactive group therapy (e.g., family therapy)


    Psychodynamic therapy

    Relaxation training

    Self-help groups