Analytica exists for the production of analysis not analysts. Thus it takes its inspiration and action from the intentions and inventions of Freud and Lacan while incorporating the diverse work done in analysis by Jung, Reich, and others. Lacan stated that the analyst only authorizes himself by himself – and a few others. Analytica further integrates the school and clinic along the lines pursued by Freud and Lacan in the creation of pure analysis. Practicing analysis begins with taking the position of the analysand to the point where one can also take the position of the analyst while still taking the position of the analysand. The position of the analyst implies the position of the analysand but not the reverse. The position of the analysand is always on the way to the position of analyst – an impossible and in some ways empty – position. Analytica makes this practice possible.
How each member chooses to use his analysis is up to him. One may practice analysis without being a psychoanalyst. One may incorporate analysis into ones life and work as an artist, scientist, teacher, therapist or whatever. Freud helped train colleagues and patients as analysands and analysts from whatever background, recognizing that medical or therapeutic training was not an essential prerequisite and he defended the practice of “lay analysis” since he did not intend psychoanalysis to be controlled by the medical establishment. The situation today is that all modes of “therapy” which used to be lay practices and outside the medical establishment are now part of the establishment. This is a political, economic, and legal issue that has no bearing on the practice of analysis in intension.
Psychoanalysis has maintained its practice in most countries and states for one hundred years since its birth outside of legal and institutional control yet that is beginning to change. In those countries and states in which there is no legal control of psychoanalysis one may wish to call oneself a psychoanalyst. In those in which there are controls, those who have another clinical license may still call themselves psychoanalysts. Those who do not may wish to call themselves Freudian analysts, Lacanian analysts, lay analysts, schizoanalysts, or simply analysts. Thus the training acts as para-graduate and post-graduate simultaneously.
Today people call themselves pastoral counselors, philosophical practitioners, yoga therapists, coaches, and many other things in order to practice freely. Psychoanalysis was in a sense the first and original form of all of these derivations which remain open to the free market and singularity of each subject’s lay practice of analysis in extension.