When mental health disciplines are isolated, the job of overcoming the
For two decades, neuropsychoanalysis has been a catalyst for neuroscientific and psychotherapeutic professionals to learn from each other. Pioneering discussions and fostering exchange, we have developed a new language to encourage neuroscientists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychopharmacologists and neuropsychologists to talk to each other in productive ways for the first time.
NPSA is committed to integrating all evidenced research that advances our understanding of the human mind and brain, without losing sight of the complexity of real, lived experience. Most importantly, what makes neuropsychoanalysis unique is that it is the only approach to the brain that puts a central focus on deep, internal, dynamic and unconscious processes, such as conflict, repression, defense and fantasy.
Psychoanalytic theory has always evoked controversy, but the theoretical model of the mind proposed by Freud, a qualified neuroscientist of his time, is still present in most contemporary psychological theories today. For expedience Freud was forced to work in theory. One hundred years on, as concrete evidence of brain function emerges and is linked to mental processes, brain can now meet mind. Neuropsychoanalysis, the integration of brain and mind, is the new frontier.