Psychoanalysis Los Angeles California Extension

PLACE presents a contemporary shift of paradigms that moves away from the old treatments of psychology, psychotherapy, and psychiatry.  This website has the goal of providing a portal to this paradigm shift.

PLACE makes room for a new mode of practice that is a critical return to the discovery of Freud and its construction in the topology  introduced by J. Lacan.

PLACE is about an effective production of analysis, not the production of doctors and patients, therapists and clients, the normal and abnormal.

PLACE is open-source: we support a manner of doing analysis that is not directed by centralized institutions and the commerce of mental health experts, but is based on a transparent network of sources – Library, School-Clinic , seminars, work-groups, and private analysis – open to anyone. You can work in Lacanian analysis without being labelled a patient, student, client, or doctor. This unique organization permits a new orientation and ethics that could not have been achieved by the previous academic, therapeutic, and medical models of psychoanalysis. In many instances, Skype can be used to overcome the distance and time barriers.

Organizational History

PLACE began in Los Angeles, California in January 1998 as a nonprofit 501c3 when one of its founders returned from France to set up its framework. It is based in Santa Monica, CA. on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. We were  founded on a double movement: to make room for a work of Lacanian analysis that would neither be held hostage in a humanities department nor assimilated to a mental health profession. PLACE is supported by private contributions, grants, and endowments from those individuals and foundations concerned with promoting an authentic praxis of analysis.  If you care to visit, participate in the school-clinic, or work in analysis, send us an email at: PLACE@topoi.net

A Common Confusion: Where is the Analytic Door?

What is it to do a psychoanalysis? It is to practice and construct its discourse-theory. Today, to practice Lacanian analysis requires separating it from a marketplace of the ‘psych’ – psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, social working, coaching, etc. It is never a question of finding a psy-expert to treat you like a ‘patient’ or ‘client’. It is never a question of searching for an analyst like you would search for a garage mechanic to repair your car: where the mechanic knows and works on the theory and you do not. In fact, it is this ignorance of a technocratic-consumerist approach that is part of the very symptom that analysis treats. To begin differently, it is a question of developing a practice of analysis with an other – not technicians applying analysis onto others like cars or attempting to interpret others’ dreams or life problems. Just as nobody can – or should –interpret your dreams or life in your place, nobody can make you into a clinical case. Though the problem and door to analysis lie elsewhere, many confound it with a garage. To make room for this other door and style of entry, PLACE was set up differently. Just as we are not a school where people come just to learn a knowledge that they then attempt to apply onto others, we are not a clinic where people come to be sick or ‘mentally ill’. On the contrary, we have combined both the school and clinic such that our clinic is our school and vice-versa. Thus, creating a structure that is at once theoretical, but immanently practical in not separating the two. The traditional terms invented by Freud to reflect this synthesis of theory/practice is analyst/analysand. Unfortunately, for those in a hurry this structure is trivialized into a mere doctor/patient, professor/student, or expert/client relation. For those not in a rush, we have devoted a page that begins to explain the importance of this other door of analysis at: School-Clinic.

Admission To School-Clinic

Anyone can apply to PLACE regardless of their degrees or previous university background. Requests for  information on the clinic and school should be addressed to the secretary at PLACE@topoi.net.  PLACE also accepts on a case by case basis grad-students seeking to establish a practicum in analysis.

The School-Clinic instruction begins at the end of September and follows the habitual Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters, with an Immersive Summer session beginning in late June.  The majority begin in September, but arrangements can be made to enter at other times.  If you do not know what Lacanian analysis is or if you want to simply follow a seminar or course before applying, you may sign up as an Auditor. Auditors may follow a course or cartel for one semester free of tuition.

To keep informed of important events of the School–Clinic you should sign up on the virtual classroom interface at: http://www.lacanlosangelespsychoanalysis.com/classes/  Once you have established a contact address, you will be sent notifications with regard to the scheduling of work-groups, seminars, and events of PLACE.

To apply for the School–Clinic, complete this form PLACE INSCRIPTION, then send it to the secretary via email or regular mail. Though it is advised to have an interview with a Trustee of PLACE to become oriented with the procedures of School-Clinic, it is not necessary. You will be informed of the dates and times of the cartels, courses, and seminars on the completion of the inscription and reception of the tuition.  On advanced notice, internet assisted attendance is possible for distance learners. Each seminar is also digitally recorded, then uploaded onto the net so that it may be reviewed at a later date.


PLACE is supported both by grants, foundations, and donations from its participants. This economy allows for free-tuition for the homeless, recently unemployed, and disenfranchised youth (18-21 years old). Sliding scale private intensive sessions are made available on a case by case basis, while first time auditors may attend one semester in the school-clinic for free.

The current tuition for the 2015 school year is $850. (full time Adherent) and $450. (part time Guest) per semester; with 0$ for Auditors for only one semester. This low-cost tuition has been made possible by grants provided by individuals and foundations concerned with establishing a rigorous and open transmission of psychoanalysis. The typical case load of courses and cartels (work-groups) is one 3 hr. course per month with up to 12 hrs. of cartels per week.  The typical session work is one to four hours per week.


The didactic project includes a variety of experiences whose goal is to instruct, not educate. By making this difference we mean our aim is not to tell people what or how to think (according to certain schools, models paradigms, nationalities, etc.) or what to be (analysts, patients, clients, therapists, etc.), but to provide the means and material for an effective work in psychoanalysis.  If the instruction is rigorous enough, the participant may think or be whatever he or she wants, as long the consequences of their work can be assumed and effectively transmitted.

Seminars are offered once or twice a month, while cartels are once or twice per week. Seminars have a fixed topic set by the instructor, while cartels form around topics decided upon beforehand by those participating in the cartels. You can find typical seminars and cartels on the virtual classroom site at: Virtual School+Clinic

PLACE does not have a set time period for the achievement of the title of analyst within its school-clinic. Indeed, not everyone working in the school-clinic has the goal to achieve such a title or to work as an analyst. In either case, people may attend full or part-time, and/or work in a private analysis according to their own schedule and desires. Full time individual sessions can range from 1 to 4 hours per week, while the extensive instruction in the school-clinic can be 12 hrs. (full time) or 4 hrs (part-time) per week. After a certain period of time, the consequences of the coursework, clinical instruction, and private analysis may be assumed and refined by submitting one’s work to the Pass. This procedure and its objectives are briefly described on this website below in the Sclinic-Catalog.


PLACE maintains a full lender library that the participant may use to establish a work of analysis. It includes the complete works of Freud (German and English) and Lacan (French and English) with other Psychoanalytic authors, works of Philosophy, Mathematics, Logic, Linguistics, and the Humanities. On enrollment the participant is provided with digital editions. A digital reference may be found at: Library

Important Informational Documents, Forms, and Site:

1) The current association guidelines are reviewed bi-annually (PDF): Association Rules 2017

2) The current PLACE School+Clinic Guidelines (PDF):Guidelines 2016-17

3) All new participants please send the PLACE inscription form (PDF) to the secretary PLACE INSCRIPTION (only need to inscribe once)

4) The virtual interface of PLACE containing the seminars, courses, and cartels, at: Virtual School+Clinic

Events and Important Dates

Registration now open for the Fall 2017 Sclinic – Seminar begins on Sat. Sept. 30, 2017. Cartels begin first week of Oct.

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