A career as a psychoanalyst is one of the most challenging and exciting jobs. Being a psychologist, a psychiatrist or any profession related to the behavioral science itself is very challenging and adventurous as studying human mind and behavior has always been an intriguing matter for anybody. Psychoanalysis is another step ahead, a feather in the cap for the behavioral science professionals.
The work of a psychoanalyst is not easy as the solution to various problems happening in an individual’s life lies in the hands of the psychoanalyst through proper diagnosis and execution of the psychoanalysis process. Every individual is unique and different from the other therefore each needs a different, unique treatment plan which the psychoanalyst has to work upon based on his years of experience and skills.
Hence one aspires to become a psychoanalyst only after relevant experience and training in one’s field of behavioral science. Psychoanalysis therefore must only be practiced by behavioral science professionals like psychiatrists, psychologists, behavior therapists etc.
To qualify as a psychoanalyst one must take approved training course from psychoanalyst association relevant to one’s own country. The training is rigorous with psychoanalysis of the self, theoretical and practical exposure which takes a few years to complete. Once the training is complete one may practice general psychoanalysis for everybody or may select specialized fields.
Psychoanalysis can be a highly demanding profession along with great prestige and remuneration. One can work for prestigious institutes, health centers and even the public sector. Independent practice is the widely preferred option for psychoanalysts. The clients visiting psychoanalysts are people usually referred by psychiatrists or psychologists for probing deep into their mental or behavioral problems.
Sometimes behavioral and other complex problems related to the mind may be deep rooted in the unconscious and the task of the psychoanalyst takes off from here. Through free association and other complex techniques the psychoanalysts finds out the reasons for interpersonal problems, unresolved conflicts or unexplained personality traits. Once the causes are diagnosed the psychoanalyst helps the client to come face to face with his problems and come to terms with them through acceptance, adjustment and coping skills thereby leading to behavior modification.
A psychoanalyst must also have some personal attributes like good listening and observation prowess, must have a strong hold on own emotions, must have empathy and deep insight into human behavior processes.