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Licensed Psychoanalyst


Psychoanalysis is the observation, description, evaluation and interpretation of dynamic unconscious mental processes that contribute to the formation of an individual’s personality and behavior in order to identify and resolve unconscious psychic problems that affect interpersonal relationships and emotional development, to facilitate changes in personality and behavior through the use of verbal and nonverbal cognitive and emotional communication, and to develop adaptive functioning.

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.

Licensure Requirements:

The practice of psychoanalysis or use of the title "licensed psychoanalyst" or the title "psychoanalyst" or any derivative thereof within New York State requires licensure as a psychoanalyst, unless otherwise exempt under the law.

To qualify for a license as a "licensed psychoanalyst" in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet experience requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider;

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.

Education Requirements:

To meet the education requirement for licensure as a psychoanalyst, you must present evidence of completion of the following.

Graduate Study

A master's or higher degree from a program in any field that is registered by the Department or substantially equivalent as determined by the Department.


Psychoanalytic Study

Completion of a program in psychoanalysis that is:

  • registered by the Department as licensure qualifying;
  • accredited by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis (ABAP) or another acceptable accrediting agency; or
  • determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of such a registered or accredited program.

Experience Requirements:

To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a Psychoanalyst, you must complete at least 1,500 contact hours of supervised experience in the practice of Psychoanalysis. The experience may only be completed under a limited permit issued by the Department or as part of the licensure qualifying education program, for experience in New York; experience completed in other jurisdictions must be completed legally in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction. You and your supervisor must submit documentation of completion of a supervised experience of at least 1,500 clock hours providing Psychoanalysis in a setting acceptable to the Department. Supervised experience obtained in the education program required for licensure as a psychoanalyst may meet all or part of this requirement but must be documented by the supervisor on Form 4B.

Examination Requirements:

To meet the examination requirements for licensure as a psychoanalyst in New York State, you must pass the New York State Case Narrative Examination administered by CASTLE Worldwide, Inc.

New York does not accept examinations in other professions (e.g., professional counseling, social work, or psychology) as meeting the examination requirement in Psychoanalysis.

Before being admitted to an examination for New York State licensure, you must:

  1. Submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) and fee ($371) to the New York State Education Department.
  2. Ask your schools to verify your education directly to the New York State Education Department on the Certification of Professional Education form (Form 2) and the Certification of Graduate Study form (Form 2A).
  3. Receive notification of approval of your education and all application materials from the New York State Education Department. (We will notify you and the examination administrators when you have satisfied the examination eligibility requirements.)
  4. Register directly with the examination administrator to take the examination after being notified of your eligibility by contacting them at:

CASTLE Worldwide, Inc.
Attn: NY Exams
P.O. Box 570
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: (800)655-4845
Phone: (919)572-6880

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

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

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 17 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 27 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 809 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Mental Health Practitioners Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Phone: (518) 402-2323

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 11/29/16.

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