A reminder: if you are seeking psychotherapy or any form of psychological (as opposed to psychiatric) help, the #1 question to ask the therapist at the introductory meeting is whether he or she works with a supervisor. If the therapist has no idea what you mean or doesn’t immediately say “yes, of course,” please leave at once. A therapist / analyst who isn’t always, constantly in therapy to deal with and process the emotional garbage of the clients is a quack. A professional therapist / analyst pays at least twice what you pay him for his sessions with his supervisor.
The amount of quackery in the field of psychotherapy is incredible. I saw some discussions on therapist FB, and it’s enough to make you despair of humanity. These people are downright dangerous.
Also, I beg you, instead of life coaches and mindfulness coaches and all that sort of amateurish ridiculousness, seek real help from a qualified psychotherapist / psychoanalyst. Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s a lot less than you’ll spend on booze / food / pot / medication / whatever else you use to self-soothe AND on the medical interventions to treat the results of this self-soothing. Plus, once you don’t have to spend so much time and energy on self-soothing, you will simply make more money.
One more thing. Psychoanalysis is fantastic for treating addiction. A complete cure, really fast. You won’t have to spend the rest of your life fighting temptation and reciting “hi, I’m an alcoholic” as ritual humiliation to keep you from slipping up. None of the typical truisms of the conventional treatment of addiction apply. You don’t need to “hit rock bottom,” “really want to get better,” or even recognize that you have a problem with your substance. You can be one of those sad sacks who “just drink socially and can quit any time I want.” And it will still work because it’s not the kind of treatment that engages your consciousness or applies labels.
I don’t know about all insurance companies but Blue Cross / Blue Shield recognizes and reimburses for psychoanalysis. Not 100% but a good chunk.