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Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Dr. Frank Summers
Understanding without a relationship is empty; a relationship without understanding, blind. - Frank Summers, Ph.D
Dr. Summers has published extensively and lectured nationwide on object relations theories and their application to the process of psychoanalytic therapy.  The emphasis of his contributions has been on the translation of insight into concrete emotional and behavioral changes by bringing to fruition the latent potential of the patient. His books and papers in professional journals elucidate his theory that psychoanalytic therapy is a process of self creation in which the therapist plays the dual role of understanding current patterns and facilitating the creation of new ways of being and relating.

About Dr. Summers

A Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Summer is the author of four books, including his recently published The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process, a fresh approach to psychoanalytic therapy and its place in contemporary culture based on phenomenological philosophy. This book is the winner of the Gradiva Award for the best psychoanalytic book of 2013.  

His other three books include a best-selling textbook, Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text, and two clinical monographs explicating his theory of psychoanalytic therapy, Transcending The Self: An Object Relations Model of Psychoanalytic Therapy and Self Creation: Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Art of the Possible. In addition, he has published widely in psychoanalytic journals on these topics as well as the application of psychoanalytic therapy to character disorders.


Dr. Summers is a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, fellow of the  Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Feinberg  School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and holds faculty appointments at The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis where he is on the Advisory Board, the Minnesota Institute of Psychoanalysis, The Wisconsin Institute for Psychoanalysis, and The Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Institute.  


A member of the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Dr. Summers has won numerous teaching awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education, the Hans Strupp Award for contributions to psychoanalysis from the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, the Joan Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the Donals Kaplan Award for Teaching Excellence from the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and the Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Psychology, Northwestern University Medical Center.

Dr. Summers maintains a private practice in Chicago Illinois. His practice consists of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, consultation, supervision, and study groups. Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, identity confusion, relationship difficulties, problems of unfulfilled potential, and the application of psychoanalytic therapy to severe emotional disturbance.

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