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Licensed Psychoanalyst


Practitioners, called psychoanalysts, may use verbal and non-verbal communications to uncover the unconscious blocks that may be affecting the individual’s behavior and personality. Psychoanalysts treat a range of conditions including anxiety, depression and phobias.

Psychoanalysts use assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for the purpose of providing appropriate psychoanalytic services. Psychoanalysts use the relationship between the patient and the analyst as an essential tool to promote emotional growth and healthy functioning through changes in the patient’s character.

Licensure Requirements:

These professionals train in both psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Other than those psychoanalysts licensed under the special provisions established in law for those already practicing when the new law came into effect, each New York licensed practitioner has a master's or higher degree and has also completed a course of training in a psychoanalytic institute chartered by the Board of Regents and registered by the State Education Department that must include at least 1,350 clock hours of instruction or the substantial equivalent of such a program. The training program must include coursework in the theory, practice and technique of psychoanalysis, personal psychoanalysis, supervised analysis, and supervised clinical experience. Psychoanalysts are required to pass a State-approved exam and to have completed at least 1,500 hours of clinical experience in psychoanalysis under supervision of a qualified, licensed mental health professional. Those licensed under the special provisions for those practicing when the licensing law took effect meet other standards specified in law and regulation.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 163, Section 8405 of the NYS Education Law and Section 52.35 and Subpart 79-12 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 26 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 23 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020, there were 644 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 450
Fax: (518) 486-2981
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/28/20.

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