History of NOBPC

The New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center (NOBPC) is a thriving resource for communities spanning the Southeastern United States. Through its activities and training, NOBPC’s central mission is to educate clinicians in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as those interested in its theories and practices.

Originally founded in 1947 as a New Orleans study group sponsored by the Washington-Baltimore Institute for Psychoanalysis, NOBPC has come a long way in the past 65+ years from earning accreditation in 1961 to partnering communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to its current comprehensive training program — now the longest-standing in the Southeast Region.

The Institute, now NOBPC, has played a prominent role in the development of psychoanalysis in the South, having sponsored the development of the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute and the Dallas Psychoanalytic Institute.

NOBPC offers training in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy. It promotes community outreach, continuing education, and research to deepen general understanding of psychoanalytic thought, and thereby, enriching human experience.

How did New Orleans become linked to Birmingham?

Hurricane Katrina displaced many of NOBPC’s members and faculty. Several relocated to Birmingham, so we joined the two cities to create a stronger and diverse presence across the Southeast region.


NOBPC’s faculty, comprised of psychoanalysts in practice in the New Orleans and Birmingham areas, are pleased to be so involved in their respective communities and on behalf of NOBPC. Many are faculty members of private and state universities, they provide consultation for local organizations, and they participate in events connecting psychoanalytic thought to various cultural activities.