I am a licensed psychoanalyst and faculty member at the SF Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis based in Oakland, California. Find out more about my work and psychoanalysis below. If you are interested in treatment or consultation, please feel free to contact me by phone or in the form provided.
Let us consider through what clouds and how blindfold we are brought to the knowledge of most of the things that we are possessed of; truly we shall find that it is familiarity rather than knowledge that takes away their strangeness in our eyes; and that those very things, were they newly presented to us, would appear as incredible, or more so, than any others.
Following change and going along with transformation, the whole is not clouded over by previous conditions. Then you reach the foundation of the great freedom. Wind blows and moon shines, and beings do not obstruct each other.
ABOUT DR. SOH
Dr. Jeremy Soh is a licensed psychoanalyst and faculty at the SF Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis (LSP), with an extensive professional background in Community Mental Health Services in San Francisco. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow studying trauma, political violence, collective memory, climate change and alternative concepts of mind, technology and environment in indigenous worlds. He maintains a private practice in Oakland.
Alongside his clinical practice, he also functions as a consultant in conversation design and user experience research in the tech industry, and he is currently working on a project, Psychic and Technological Apparatuses, that explores the relations between digital and symbolic life in the present context of our computerized technological society, with particular attention to its effects on psychic life and free association. He also lectures on various psychoanalytic and anthropological topics at institutes around the Bay Area such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS).
As a psychoanalyst, I work with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, life transitions and more severe cases of trauma, loss, and personality disorders. My work focuses on the unconscious. Uncovering deep sources of conflicts and problems you weren’t even aware of transforms damaging attachments and reopens possibilities of life where you may seem desperately trapped.
By principle, I work to promote lasting life changes, beyond mere symptom relief, and to support your quest to imagine and develop new paths in life. Thus I work best when you are also ready to examine the fundamental motivations behind your conflicts and overall behavior. Trained both in Lacanian psychoanalysis and cultural anthropology, my speciality is a close attention to mental life from both viewpoints.
Confronting the realities of one's life is neither a comfortable nor predictable process. It is a slow work of unfolding which requires patience, acceptance and fortitude in the face of often unbearable pain. My clinic is designed to support this work by offering a space where you are free to speak without judgement and articulate your reality as a human subject.
WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYSIS?
Psychoanalysis is psychological treatment for mental and emotional disturbance that aims to produce deep and lasting personal change by effecting transformations on the structural level of the psyche. It may be considered a special form of psychotherapy, one that focuses on repressed or unconscious sources of conflict to promote a wellness that is more fundamental than just symptom relief or healing.
From the point of view of Lacanian practice, psychoanalysis values the singularity of a person's experience and upholds it as the crux of treatment. It follows Freud’s original insight that our words and the ways we employ them are structured as much by memory and society as by grammar, whence the famous adage “the unconscious is structured like a language.” In this view, there is no sensible experience without language, since speaking, being and relating are virtually identical. More than a medium of communication, language is explicative of the way we form, define, position and locate ourselves in the world. Like our voice, our words are manifest contents of deeper things that rarely resemble the significations they seem to carry, and hence also passageways to deep seated conflicts and tensions lying at the basis of our more visible symptoms.
Psychoanalysis thus attends closely to the intricacies of speech as the guide and lever of treatment, rather than utilizing predetermined clinical models such as found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Speech is the core material of the clinic, singular to each person and irreducible to nothing, including psychoanalytic theory itself.
What You Can Expect From Analytic Treatment
Personal psychoanalysis is typically undertaken several times per week, with each session lasting forty-five to fifty minutes, as in conventional psychotherapy. This does not however constitute a mandatory rule. In analytic treatment, what is most important is flexibility and variability. What it provides is the most generous room for you to speak, to be listened to, and be supported in bringing to light patterns of speech, relation, and behavior in your life that usually escape attention and indeed are not even detected or identified in normal behavior outside the clinic.
A distinctive characteristic of Lacanian technique is something called the "variable length" session, where sessions may either be cut short - or extended - depending on the nature of symptoms and their expression at particular moments in the treatment process. The purpose of varying session times in this way is to prevent routinization and unhealthy forms of dependence that can often develop when we blindly obey clock time, or "chronometric" time. More crucially, it helps also to bring the patient face-to-face with unconscious dynamics of the mind. Essentially, what varying time-frames in this way does is to allow the treatment process to conform to the concrete dynamics of the unconscious, rather than the abstract time of the clock, so it can progress and be brought to a conclusion in a timely effective manner
If you are interested in treatment, feel free to reach out to me by phone at 510-822-6898 or using the form below with a brief description, and I will respond to you as quickly as I am able.
5332 College Ave, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94618