Psychoanalysis Los Angeles California Extension

PLACE opens up a return to Freud through a critique of contemporary psychoanalysis and a construction in the topology first advanced by Lacan.

PLACE makes room for a new mode of practice in the U.S.: it is about the production of analysis, not the production of doctors and patients, therapists and clients, the normal and abnormal.

PLACE is open-source: we support innovation that is not directed by centralized institutions and the commerce of mental health experts, but is based on a transparent network of sources open to anyone seeking to address a symptom through a practice of analysis.

Though it has become fashionable to claim a school is multidisciplinary and inclusive of all forms of psychoanalysis, from Freud and Object Relations to Self-psychology and Lacan, such an ‘open-minded’ approach does not resolve the problem of the school itself: how do we get beyond the prejudices of schools and begin to work on psychoanalysis as such? Why should and how can a symptom be addressed beyond any one particular school or form of treatment? We call this more universal approach ‘Psychoanalysis in Extension‘ and invite the reader to query this website to learn more.

Yet, it is not a question of embracing differences within a totality – a school, a theory, a community, etc. – but a work of pure difference: why does a symptom not respond to the demand of theories and practices for everyone? How to work with what is non-negotiable and singular to a symptom without reducing it to mere pathos or a ‘case’ in a psychiatric or behavioral code book? The question of what constitutes the Difference of differences is not interdisciplinary, but clinical and goes a long way to shifting the ground from a therapeutic to a properly analytic practice.

For this reason there is no top-down educational program at PLACE: the instruction and curriculum is decided upon each semester by those working with others at the level of the clinic.

This set of questions and unique organization permits a new orientation that could not have been achieved by the previous multidisciplinary academic, therapeutic, and medical models of psychoanalysis.

Requests for consultation or information on the work in extension, clinic, seminars, and cartels should be addressed to the secretary at PLACE@topoi.net


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 was 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.

Important Informational Documents, Forms, and Site:

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

2) The current PLACE School+Clinic Guidelines (PDF):Sclinic Catalog-Guidelines

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

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


1) Open to Public: currently accepting registration for Winter 2015 Sclinic. For more info see above Important Informational Documents, Forms, and Site and/or contact the secretary. Deadline for registration: Jan. 11th.I.Vectorization for cartels begins Jan. 15th;First Course Jan.31: Constructing Oedipus Part III.  See Calendar for further announcements.

2) Open to Trustees and Adherents of PLACE: 2015  General Assembly – Jan. 17, 11:00am-2:00pm.


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