JEREMY SOH, PH.D.
Psychoanalysis | Consultation | Anthropology
Welcome. I am a licensed psychoanalyst based in Berkeley, California. If you are interested in psychoanalytic treatment or consultation, feel free to contact me by phone or in the form provided. I invite you to find out more about my work below.
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 psychoanalyst and faculty at the 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 Berkeley.
Alongside his clinical practice, he is a writer, researcher, and lecturer in psychoanalysis, anthropology and philosophy, specializing in contemporary technological experience, digital and symbolic networks, and comparative concepts of the psyche. Currently, he is working on a project entitled Psychic and Technological Apparatuses, which explores the relations between digital and symbolic life in the present context of computerized society, with particular attention to its effects on psychic life and free association. He is currently involved in various working groups focusing on technology, topology, and German Idealism.
As a psychoanalyst, I work with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, life transitions, burnout as well as more severe cases of trauma, psychosis, 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 ready to examine the fundamental motivations behind your conflicts and overall behavior. Trained both in Lacanian psychoanalysis and sociocultural anthropology, my speciality is a unique form of listening and close attention to your mental life from both viewpoints.
Confronting the realities of one's life is neither comfortable nor predictable. It is a work of unfolding requiring 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 singular desire as a human subject.
WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYSIS?
Psychoanalysis is a form of 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 specific form of psychotherapy, one that focuses on bringing to light repressed or unconscious sources of conflict, to promote a wellness that is more fundamental than just symptom relief or healing.
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 just 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 voices, our words are manifest contents of deeper things that rarely resemble the significations they seem to carry. Hence they also function as passageways to the deep seated conflicts and tensions lying at the basis of our more visible or apparent symptoms.
Psychoanalysis thus attends closely to the intricacies of speech as the guide and lever of treatment, in place of predetermined clinical models such as those found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The articulations of speech are taken as 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, each session lasting forty-five to fifty minutes. This does not however constitute a mandatory rule. Analytic treatment draws its power from its flexibility and variability. What it provides is the most generous room for you to speak, to be listened to, and to be supported in bringing to light patterns of speech, relations, and behaviors in your life that usually escape attention and are not even detected or identified in normal behavior outside the clinic.
A distinctive characteristic of Lacanian technique I employ is the "variable length" session, wherein the time frame may shorten depending on what occurs in the session or a particular moment of significance. One purpose of the variable length session is to prevent routinization of treatment and forms of dependence that can develop when "clock time" is blindly obeyed. By making time subjective, a variable frame facilitates the progress of treatment by pinpointing and punctuating unconscious processes, driving it forward in focused and effective manner.
COURSES & PROJECTS
PSYCHIC & TECHNOLOGICAL APPARATUSES
Working Group (2019 - 2021)
INTRODUCTION TO THE CONCEPTS OF THE LACANIAN CLINIC
Short Seminar, February 2021
THINKING WITH THE GRAPH OF DESIRE
Study group (2020-2021)
TOPOLOGY IN THE CLINIC
Cartel at the Lacan School (2022-2023)
If you are interested in treatment or in my courses, feel free to reach out to me via Psychology Today, or by using the form below with a brief description, and I will respond to you as quickly as I am able.
2340 Ward Street, Suite 202
Berkeley, CA 94705