Current Student

Michael Birnkrant

Michael Birnkrant | MA

Current Student, Doctor of Psychoanalysis Program (Graduate of the master's in counseling program*)

Before coming to BGSP, I had planned on becoming a medical doctor.  However, I also wanted to know more about why people do what they do.   Seeking the answers to my questions, I majored in psychology as an undergraduate and started reading Freud on my own. Not yet satisfied, I enrolled in an elective class offered at my school, An Introduction to Psychoanalysis.  This course, taught by a BGSP faculty member, piqued  my interest even further.

After beginning medical school, I found myself constantly wanting to use my critical and abstract thinking skills to connect me emotionally to the inner processes of the human mind.  It was then that I realized that BGSP would offer the opportunity to do just that. Upon transferring into the Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Counseling program, I not only fulfilled my quest to gain a deeper understanding of why people do what they do, but I also found a place that felt like home, and became actively involved in the student association.

I have since completed my master’s degree and am working towards the LMHC post-master’s requirements as a clinical fellow counseling children and adolescents.  I am also now a doctoral candidate at BGSP, seeing patients in the school’s Therapy Center.  Upon graduation, I look forward to growing a successful independent private practice as a psychoanalyst and to continuing my journey to learn more about the deepest mysteries of the human condition.

*This degree is now entitled Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.