Howard Bacal

Howard Bacal, MD

MD; Psychiatrist
License # G6805

Contact Information:

1221 N. Norman Place
Los Angeles, CA

TEL: (310) 471-4706


Vcard: import to my address book

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Practice Information:

Areas of Practice: Depression and Mood Disorders; Work/Career Issues; Anxiety Disorders; Narcissistic Personality; Grief and Loss; Attachment Disorders; Relationship Issues; Creative Blocks
Years in Practice: 20 or more
Populations Served: Older Adults; Couples; Adults


Training and Supervising Analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; private practice in West Los Angeles. I qualified in adult and child psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London, where my supervisors included Michael Balint, Donald Winnicott, and Wilfred Bion. I subsequently undertook further training with Heinz Kohut in Chicago, which led to my formulating a “relational self psychology”. My focus in therapy is on the emergence of therapeutic possibility in the uniqueness of process within each analytic dyad. I have published papers on psychoanalytic practice, theory, and research. I am co-author, with Kenneth Newman, of Theories of Object-Relations: Bridges to Self Psychology (1990); Ed., Optimal Responsiveness: How Therapists Heal their Patients (1998); author, The Power of Specificity in Psychotherapy: When Therapy Works – And When It Doesn’t (2011).

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