We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Sidonie Freeman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Sidonie, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Often times, I hear people say things along the lines of “It wasn’t meant to be” or “Que sera, sera” (What will be, will be). I understand that this piece of advice is meant to help someone accept certain difficult circumstances or hard life events that they believe they have no control over. However, it was Carl Jung who so eloquently said “Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it Fate.” Fortunately, we now live in a time where the knowledge of the unconscious as a part of the mind is irrefutable. In fact, according to Sigmund Freud, the unconscious mind is the primary source of all human behavior! So, if we are armed with this knowledge, what shall we do with it? My advice would be to use this information to allow yourself to become curious about your mind and to embark on an introspective journey where you can uncover the unconscious conflicts and desires that interfere with your growth and self- betterment. This process allows a person to gain insight and make positive changes for themselves, which ultimately, improves the entire world.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am passionate, especially during this unstable time in the world, about facilitating personal growth and making Psychoanalysis matter in my community. I am dedicated to making meaning out of life which I believe, for me, has its personal roots in wanting to have a stronger and more loving engagement with life, for myself and others. Becoming a Psychoanalyst was not easy and going back to school as a licensed Psychologist who was already in Private Practice was very challenging, especially while balancing a family life at home. The New Center for Psychoanalysis, where I received my analytic training, allowed me to gain new understanding of love’s important place in analytic thinking and has helped me to spread this awareness in a deeper way in my Practice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles