About SPSI

SPSI logoThe Seattle Psychoanalytic Training Center was established in 1946. In 1964, the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (SPSI) gained independent status with the Institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association. SPSI is one of 33 educational institutes approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

SPSI is one of 33 educational institutes approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Standards established by APsaA direct the policies of SPSI as they relate to eligibility for training, the minimum requirements for graduation, and prerequisites for certification in psychoanalysis.

These principles and standards ensure consistency as well as high quality of psychoanalytic education among all constituent Institutes. They are continually revised and updated and provide a uniform baseline for psychoanalytic education.

SPSI houses the Edith Buxbaum Library

The Edith Buxbaum Library is the Northwest’s largest and most comprehensive psychoanalytic library, including the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing CD-ROM archive.


Edith Buxbaum Library
4020 E Madison St, Suite 230
Seattle, WA 98112

Zan Christensen, Administrator
Phone: (206) 328-5315
Email: info@spsi.org
Fax: (206) 328-5879

Hours: 10:00-6:00, Monday – Friday. Call ahead.

SPSI is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors. All matters pertaining to psychoanalytic training are the responsibility of the Faculty.

Should you have concerns or complaints about any of our members, please contact one of our designated ombuds.

Find a Therapist

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There are two ways to find a psychoanalyst or therapist through SPSI.

The Member Directory is searchable by name, professional specialty, and location.


The Referral Service will assist you with a referral.

SPSI Training Programs

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The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute trains mental health professionals in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

SPSI offers a variety of programs designed to meet your particular interests and to enhance your professional and personal life.

SPSI Mission

SPSI’s ongoing mission is to reflect and contribute to the evolving face of Twenty-First Century psychoanalysis in the analytic classroom, in the community and in society. We strive to provide psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training and community service that shape and are shaped by an inclusive world view. SPSI is devoted to helping adults and children reach their full and unique potential in all phases and facets of their lives.

SPSI is an approved training institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association.