The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is an educational center providing psychoanalytically oriented, professional training and continuing education through graduate, post-graduate and community education courses. In its early days in the 1950s, the institute was known as The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Foundation. It was established by a group of laymen, academics and physicians who saw the need to increase opportunities for adult psychoanalytic treatment in the St. Louis area, along with promoting education and research. The Herbert S. Schiele Clinic was established shortly after the institute’s founding, providing low-fee psychoanalytic treatment, psychodynamic psychotherapy and diagnosis and referral services for St. Louis-area residents. As an educational and resource center for mental health professionals, psychoanalysts, students and the community at large, the institute is expanding its reach into the community. The Schiele Clinic serves as a resource where people of all ages can receive high-quality mental health care at a low sliding-scale fee and also acts as a supportive training opportunity for early-career mental health professionals.
“Feeling better isn’t about willpower. It’s about treatment. We can help.” The clinic’s website is up-front with those seeking help through the institute, noting its ability to offer aid to people of all walks of life on a sliding-fee scale. Deanna Taylor, Spring Fling co-chair, says that the goal of the institute is to provide access to mental healthcare for anyone, from children to the uninsured. “I think having that vast range of resources for those groups serves a huge purpose to the community,” she says, also noting that the institute provides support for therapists as well. “We give the care, but we also help those that give the care have the resources that they need.”
At this year’s Spring Fling, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the institute, celebrating its past work and the work they hope to continue in the future. “It’s a party with a purpose,” Taylor says, noting her initial draw to the organization was the personal care the institute values, which lead her to get involved. “It doesn’t matter what a person looks like, what a persons’ financial situation is, what a person’s life situation is … [the institute] cares about you because you’re a person, and you’re a person who needs assistance. It just really warms my heart.”
The institute seeks to increase access to mental health care in our region by educating and training the next generation of mental health professionals, offering psychoanalytic insights on current and relevant issues to the community, and by providing high-quality, affordable care to our community’s most vulnerable populations.
11th Annual Spring Fling
6 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Angad Arts Hotel
The annual Spring Fling benefits the various important mental health initiatives of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and includes a full premium open bar, dinner customized by one of the area’s top chefs, access to interactive art, and the announcement of the recipient of the K. Lynne Moritz Leadership Award.
Call 314-361-7075 for information and details. For more information, visit stlpi.org.
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