As a modern psychoanalyst I bring a ‘healthy ignorance’ to every patient. Yes, I’m well-trained, I’ve been schooled, I’ve spent a lot of time studying, but the person who walks in that door is different than the person who just walked out the door, or the next person who’s going to walk in the door. I have to learn from that patient what they need from me. I may have some ideas, thoughts about how I might want to work with them, but they have to create in me, with my help, the analyst they need.
I come from a background in psychoanalysis. My grandfather, Immanuel Velikovsky, who was a very interesting man is his own right, was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He knew Freud and Jung and trained with Wilhelm Stekel. My mother, mid-life, became a psychoanalyst so I’m third generation. That’s as far back as you can go as my grandfather knew Freud. Psychoanalysis is in my blood.