|Paul Cooper, Psychoanalyst
The Analyst's Role
The analyst acts as your guide as you explore your inner life. Together you examine your
ideals, expectations, hopes and desires as well as your feelings of guilt, shame, doubt or
despair. She or he aims to create an environment of safety so you can unfold your
authentic self without fear of judgement or the pressure to please.
"I had a very chaotic life. This is the first time it makes sense to me."
Analysts receive careful and thorough training designed specifically to facilitate a depth
self-exploration. You are afforded a unique opportunity to freely examine your own
personal experiences in your own way and also to talk about your reactions to the
process itself. The session time is for you. The psychoanalyst analyst participates by
listening, clarifying, explaining and connecting the pieces of your experience. This is
accomplished by a listening stance that is characterized by empathy, intuition,
compassion and neutrality. The psychoanalyst will not be judgmental, critical or take
sides. The psychoanalyst will keep the emphasis and focus on you. The psychoanalyst will
engage you in a dialog, contrary to popular myth and maintain an appropriate level of
The relationship that develops will be special and unique. This will occur with time and
through mutual interaction in the free-associative dialog. The ensuing alliance can be
quite strong and powerful. This confidential relationship, central to psychoanalysis, is
unlike any other relationship you will have.