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The Marriage of Psychoanalysis and Integrative Medicine

Shotgun Wedding or Dialectical Synthesis

Stephen J. Ducat

Bridging Two Worlds

The question posed in the title of this article matters to me because I am both a psychoanalytic psychologist and a naturopathic doctor. You could say I have a foot in each world—although it would be more accurate to say I have both feet in each world, along with two doctoral degrees, two licenses, two malpractice policies, and two communities of colleagues who have little understanding or knowledge of the other. And the gaps in that knowledge are sometimes filled with unexamined assumptions that eclipse the similarities and distort the differences…

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