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Gann, M.F. (2000). Making the First Move: A Candidate's Step-by-Step Guide to Recommending Psychoanalysis. J. Clin. Psychoanal., 9(1):9-19.

(2000). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 9(1):9-19

Beginning Analysis

Making the First Move: A Candidate's Step-by-Step Guide to Recommending Psychoanalysis

Dr. Maxine Fenton Gann, Ph.D.


No one has ever walked into my office demanding psychoanalysis. In fact, most do not want it at all, and even patients sent to me by my institute's clinic with a recommendation for psychoanalysis seem very wary of the prospect. So, it has been crucial to my development and survival as an analyst that I learn how to recommend psychoanalysis to people. The need to work at building an analytic practice today is not a problem confined to beginners, but it is the candidate-analyst who has the most to learn in this area, and who often experiences the most awkwardness when approaching prospective analysands. A swarm of questions buzzes in our minds. To whom do we recommend

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