This presentation addresses the question of Brief Analysis, its place it today’s society and its clinical relevance. It has become customary for the current healthcare system to require evidence-based short-term treatments. In addition, patients themselves expect prompt results and show some reluctance for a therapy with no end in sight. What can psychoanalysis propose to answer a demand based on a consumer model? Already, several types of short term analysis have been experimented upon. This presentation provides a summary of recent studies assessing the effectiveness of short-term vs. long-term psychodynamic therapy, and psychodynamic therapy vs. evidence-based modalities. After a quick overview of several models of brief psychoanalytical treatments, we will focus on the model by R. Peter Hobson, PhD, and that of Raul Moncayo, PhD and Ayelet Hirshfeld, PhD. With the help of a clinical vignette, we will hopefully answer these questions: what is brief analysis and is brief analysis still psychoanalysis?

Date: Winter 2018 (exact date TBA)
Fee: Free of charge
Contact: Cécile G. McKenna at

Readings: Hobson, R. P. (2016). Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press; Moncayo, R. & Hirshfeld, A. (2012). Variable-Length Lacanian Analyses and the Question of Brief Analysis. In R. Moncayo, The Emptiness of Oedipus (pp.104-137). East Sussex, England: Routledge; Yakeley, J. & Hobson, P. (2013). Evidence in Support of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Retrieved from