In the face of considerable scepticism over the function and effectiveness of psychoanalysis, Lena Ehrlich demonstrates how analysis is unique in its potential to transform patients at an emotionally cellular level by helping them access and process long-standing conflicts and traumatic experiences.

Using detailed clinical vignettes, the author illustrates that when analysts practice from the inside out, i.e. consider that external obstacles to initiating and deepening an analysis inevitably reflect analysts’ fears of their internal world and of intimacy, they become better able to speak to patients’ long-term suffering.

This book, free from psychoanalytic jargon, stands out in its ability to help readers feel more effective, confident, and optimistic about practicing psychoanalysis by providing insights and recommendations about beginning and deepening analysis and sustaining oneself as an analyst over time. It will appeal to both beginners and experienced analysts, as well as supervisors, educators, and those interested in the workings of their minds and in building more intimate relationships.

part One|67 pages

Finding Ourselves as Analysts

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

The analyst’s reluctance to begin a new analysis

chapter Chapter 2|25 pages

Analysis begins in the analyst’s mind

Conceptual and technical considerations on recommending analysis

chapter Chapter 3|25 pages

Finding control cases and maintaining immersion

Turning challenges into opportunities

part Two|42 pages

Developing the Capacity to Deepen an Analysis

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Continuing and deepening an analysis

chapter Chapter 5|25 pages


Slippery slope or rich opportunity?

part Three|41 pages

Sustaining the Capacity to Listen and Intervene Analytically

chapter Chapter 7|15 pages

It takes three to know one

On receiving and providing consultation

chapter |2 pages


Looking inward and forward