Claudia Luiz is the winner of the 2008 Writer's Digest award for Best Writer's Website, and the 2006 winner of the Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic writing.
does Cert. Psya. mean? What is your specialty?
What are some ways I can enjoy my family more? Mother
distinguishes me as a Certified Psychoanalyst. A psychoanalysts
completes eight years of classroom study, a three-year
hospital internship, a subsequent three year internship
working with patients at the schools treatment
service, a final dissertation, two oral presentations,
and completion of a personal training psychoanalysis.
offers one of the most rigorous training programs in
mental health. As for my specialty, are you ready? Its
suffering. This may not sound like much fun, to specialize
in suffering, but I love my work. As soon as someone
walks into my office, I know they have within them a
desire for relief from suffering. In fact, its
the people who I know are suffering and wont get
into therapy that I spend nights worrying about.
How can this
relate to you, dear Canton Mom? Well, if you are one
of those people, and on some days we all are, that cant
push negative feelings aside - despite your best efforts-
I have found that it may be best to talk about them.
Personally, I like my patients to come and see me two
to four times a month, and to lie down and use the couch
like in the Woody Allen movies. I find it really helps
them feel they are in a special place free of social
demands and pressures, where they can just let their
minds unfold. It creates a special atmosphere where
you can process your challenges, feel understood and
compartmentalize your problems. Long, long, long after
completion of my academic requirements, I continued
with my own analysis.
Canton Mom, things are especially difficult these days.
High expectations and demands breed a lot of frustration.
Frustration breeds irritation. Irritation breeds low
self-esteem which breeds self-punishment. Relaxing then
feels undeserved, and fraught with guilt. Its
hard to break this cycle. To enjoy your life and your
family more, however, this cycle must be broken. It
is not always possible to do this without therapy, because,
as you may have discovered, you cant always teach
yourself to have a feeling that you dont have
ingredient to enjoying your children is feeling like
a good mother. Tension can interfere with having that
feeling. If your tensions are overwhelming, psychotherapy
most certainly can help.
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Claudia Luiz is a psychoanalyst.
She also has an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an
MA from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
in Brookline, MA, this country's first accredited psychoanalytic
institute. That's where Claudia got her clinical degree
in psychoanalysis, training and then working modern
analytically in the wards of Metropolitan State Hospital,
Children's Hospital, and dozens of other non-profit
agencies in Greater Boston. She lives in Massachusetts
with her husband and two daughters.
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