PSYCHOANALYSIS & Psychoanalytic psychotherapy


Harry Polkinhorn
Psychoanalysis opens the mind to all of life. Change will sometimes be easy and quick, but more often it will be slow and frustrating, and we will need to continue.
I specialize in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults. I am a marriage and family therapist (MFT 40094) licensed in California with twenty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy for adults, couples, and children. My required academic preparation is a Master's degree in counseling psychology, which entailed coursework in child abuse, family dynamics, counseling techniques, substance abuse, law and ethics, as well as in the areas of mythology, depth psychology, and literature. I did this work at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, whose program is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Moreover, I worked as a group facilitator in the area of domestic violence, for which I completed training in a County-approved curriculum while facilitating groups for men and women victims and perpetrators. I am a graduate of the adult analytic training program at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, an approved training institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. In this program I completed seminars taught by senior analysts in such areas as child, adolescent, and adult development, psychopathology, therapeutic techniques, and theories of psychoanalysis. I  am Past President of the Board, was Director of SDPC's Extension Division, and am a member of the teaching faculty.

In addition, I am Emeritus Professor, English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, where I was Director of San Diego State University Press. I hold a doctorate in English from New York University and a Master's in Art from San Diego State University.
I am a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and practice in conformity with their code of ethics. I am also a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

My office is conveniently located in University City area of San Diego, California, close to the 5 and 52 freeways.

Please call for an appointment at 858 395 4440.

Proudest Accomplishment



  • The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis 5: The Ralph R. Greenson Training Seminars. Ed. 2014.
  • The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis 4: The Ralph R. Greenson Training Seminars. Ed. 2013.
  • Analysis (poems), San Diego: Ex Press, 2011.
  • "Confidentiality and Revelation in Psychoanalytic Discourse: Christoper Bollas' Point of View." 2005
  • "Hysteria," American Imago, 1987.

Education Highlights

  • Graduate
    Adult psychoanalytic training program, san diego psychoanalytic center, 2011
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
    M.A., counseling psychology, pacifica graduate institute, 2001
  • M.A., Art
    San diego state university, 1982
  • Ph.D., English
  • M.A., English
    San Diego state university, 1970
  • B.A., English
    University of california, berkeley, 1967


  • Past President
    san diego psychoanalytic center
  • Ralph R. Greenson Memorial Archivist
    san diego psychoanalytic center


  • Cycling, reading, writing


  • psychoanalysis
  • Writing, editing, publishing
  • Teaching

Questions & Answers

What is psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are unique forms of intensive psychotherapy that foster personal development and liberation from unsatisfying or painful patterns of living.
Why do people seek psychoanalysis?
Some want help with depression, anxiety or stress or are seeking to come to terms with a painful or traumatic personal history. Others have relationship challenges.

How can psychoanalysis help?
Get relief from painful emotional symptoms; improve personal relationships; become more productive at work; take more pleasure in life; stop self-destructive patterns of behavior; unlock creativity.

How often do we meet?
This varies from one to five sessions per week depending on the specific treatment goals we work out.