Definition of psychoanalyst in US English:



  • A person who practices psychoanalysis.

    • ‘For example, Freud analysed his own daughter Anna over a period of several years, a flagrant violation of psychoanalytic principles which most psychoanalysts would condemn.’
    • ‘Both traumas require proactive engagement of family members and interpretive actions of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts that open the self to witness and acknowledgment.’
    • ‘Even what we psychoanalysts come across in our consulting rooms is a vast range of disorders, which for the sake of simplicity we call psychotic.’
    • ‘To manage to live through such destructive attacks requires knowing who we are and what we stand for, as individual psychoanalysts and as a multilingual, multifaceted movement that speaks in many voices.’
    • ‘His drive to explore the internal world met with the same opposition and hostility as those of us who study the impact and implications of contextual/boundary situations meet from psychoanalysts themselves.’
    • ‘She is a psychoanalyst and practicing therapist who works primarily with survivors of rape and sexual violence.’
    • ‘Yet, clinical psychologists and psychoanalysts, who might best distinguish traumatic behavior, are not trained in the analysis of society or culture.’
    • ‘Computational theories of emotion seem to have been particularly attractive to psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.’
    • ‘What were the main theories of infancy which psychoanalysts had developed, based on their clinical sensitivity and intuition, by the time the trickle of infant research became a flood in the 70s?’
    • ‘Contemporary psychoanalysts are concerned also with perverse states of mind and feeling which are directed towards damaging a good and creative conjunction in work and understanding.’
    • ‘The influence of European child psychoanalysts such as Hermine Hug-Hellmuth, Anna Freud and Melanie Klein became pervasive in this country.’
    • ‘When behaviourism became the dominant paradigm, there were still psychoanalysts probing the depths of the psyche.’
    • ‘As psychoanalysts we tend to think of death and loss and separation as states of mind to be addressed in the work of mourning rather than in ritual actions’
    • ‘So I suppose I've been sitting here, sorting out what do I do as a pastoral carer that is different to what a psychotherapist or a psychoanalyst does.’