Latinx Psychoanalysis

Patricia Gherovici, PhD

A psychoanalyst shares her experience working with patients whose lives are marked by poverty, migration, and race and gender discrimination.

In the United States, psychoanalysis has typically been a treatment for the wealthy upper-class. But according to Patricia Gherovici, PhD, this is not the case in her native Argentina, where “everybody does it—rich and poor.”

In this Mental Health Minute, Gherovici reveals the surprising political history of psychoanalysis in Argentina and tells the story of her efforts to bring psychoanalysis to the disenfranchised in the US.

Dr Gherovici is a psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and recipient of the 2020 Sigourney Award. She is associate faculty for the psychoanalytic studies minor at the University of Pennsylvania (PSYS). She is the author of 6 books, most recently Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (with Chris Christian). It received the Gradiva Award for best edited collection and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 2021. 

See previous coverage of the Sigourney Awards in Psychiatric TimesTM here.

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