About Us

Who we are?

In 1974, The Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute (HGPI) began as an extension of the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute and pursued full institute approval from the American Psychoanalytic Association, which was granted in 1979. That same year the HGPI also received approval from the Texas Workforce Commission. In 2011, HGPI upgraded its name to Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.

The Center enjoys a close working relationship with local schools – Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) and The University of Texas Health Science Center (Galveston and Houston).We are a faculty of approximately 40 senior psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and academicians.

  • We are approximately 20 current trainees, all of whom are licensed mental health providers.

  • We are more than 250 individuals who have graduated and have successful practices across Texas and the United States.

  • We have been a major psychoanalytic institute since 1974, providing psychoanalytic and psychodynamic training to psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

  • We are an accredited institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the nation’s largest association for psychoanalytic thinking.

What we do?

Center for Psychoanalytic Studies offers comprehensive training in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clinical graduates of the Studies in Psychoanalysis program at the Center qualify for Certification by the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Why do I need training?

To practice as a successful psychoanalyst or psychodynamically trained therapist requires training in the use of concepts of depth psychology, and a clear understanding of the concept transference. Without these skills, patients often leave therapy before their complex issues are resolved. Patients often have life-long, repeated problematic behaviors that undermine their success in relationships, careers and quality of life in general. Modern psychodynamic concepts can help clinicians understand the attachment problems, relationship patterns, and self-defeating behavior with which our patients present. With the training offered by CFPS our clinicians can help patients find a deeper level of understanding about themselves and their behavior. In addition, psychoanalytic training enhances the clinician’s ability to form meaningful relationships with patients, thus allowing for deeper and more durable therapeutic gains.

Who is eligible?

We welcome applicants of all mental health disciplines who hold a license to practice in Texas. The Studies in Psychoanalysis is for psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who wish to apply psychoanalytic concepts in their chosen field. The Studies in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is for mental health professionals that hold a degree in their field and are licensed for clinical practice in Texas.