Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis is a community-based practice that emphasizes the value of intimacy and conversation. Group gatherings and individual conversations are the backbone of the endeavor, With a nod to professional ethics and the importance of confidentially, what mindfulness has to offer is a safe place to evaluate and reevaluate the feelings involved in the decisions we make all our lives.
Analysis is not an aspect of psychology. Although psychology, like philosophy and biology and medicine, is all important dimensions to building and sustaining relationships, the centerpiece of psychoanalysis is the respect for the transference and counter-transferences that take place from the first encounter.
In modern psychoanalysis, we aim for authentic encounters, from which we can research the data–the words and the collection of words used to describe and understand each other. The conversation is the object of study.
Our methods are not traditional diagnosis like would be found in the Diagnostic Manuals of Mental Health. We aim to discover what developmental sequences might be uncovered by listening for patterns in the free-association. The models discovered often are a metaphor for the resistances to better health that are unconsciously preventing the patient from, euphemistically, not being able to get out of his own way.
As a trained practitioner of psychoanalysis, my job is to facilitate conversation based on the contact that the client makes with his or her counselor. Emotional communication is primarily a method of response to the patient that involves acknowledging the patients feeling and mood, but NOT confronting that defense, rather mildly acknowledging the defense in a way that might get the patient interested in the new information.