A psychotherapist, author, and educator, Celia Brickman has been practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults for the past 25 years. She has authored a book and several articles on topics related to psychoanalysis. She earned her PhD at the University of Chicago and trained at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago, where she currently practices and where she was previously the director of training as well as a faculty member.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy takes the perspective that our symptoms – from anxiety and depression to more specific emotional and behavioral imbalances – testify to aspects of ourselves that we are not be fully aware of. These aspects are often holdovers from earlier stages in our emotional development, where we became stymied by particular challenges which we have never quite resolved. Rather than trying to modify our behavior with directives, psychoanalytic psychotherapy works through a face-to-face, ongong conversation. Through this therapeutic conversation we build a relationship of trust where we can encounter and put into words the emotional “stuckness” that our symptoms represent. By putting these feelings and experiences into words, we come to know ourselves better; and in so doing, we become better able to resolve and integrate previous challenges, ultimately becoming able to engage more fully with the world around us.
Brickman has long-standing interests in working with adults who, for reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, class, etc., may find themselves on the margins of the social mainstream; and in the spiritual dimension — for better and for worse — of emotional distress.