Why is certification important?

When you or a family member needs mental health treatment, you want a highly qualified professional dedicated to providing outstanding care. A psychoanalyst is someone who has undergone years of additional training beyond a graduate mental health degree. Typically this training consists of three components: a personal analysis, a didactic curriculum and intensive supervised psychoanalytic clinical work. When you choose a psychoanalyst who is Board Certified by the ABP, you can be confident he or she voluntarily chose to have their clinical work evaluated through a blind peer review.

The certification examination procedure consists of a two-part process, i.e., a review of psychoanalytic work presented in both written and oral form. Through this process a psychoanalyst who is deemed Board Certified has demonstrated a mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to practice in the profession.