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R. Curtis Bristol, MD, PC

Washington, D.C.




Bristol, MD, PC

R. Curtis





I am a trained psychoanalyst and board certified psychiatrist with a medical degree from University of Southern California.  I completed a medical internship, two years in psychiatric residencies, three years in post doctoral fellowship and five years in psychoanalytic training for adults, adolescents and children.   I pursued my own personal psychoanalysis for ten years as part of my decision to better understand my own mind and others. I successfully completed the curriculum of study and treatment of psychoanalytic cases under supervision through the accredited Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis under the auspices of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  (See PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS for further details.) 


I have been in private practice for 40 years.  My patients live and work in a global environment with complicated interpersonal problems compounded by economic, political, cultural and religious pressures.  Through extensive education, experience and world travel I have built the capacity to provide a neutral, private and safe environment permitting the pursuit of solutions for acute mental health problems as well as longer term, intensive psychoanalytic treatment. I offer psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy with and without medication.

I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, sexual addictions, obsessive compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic disorders, workplace conflict and persistent, painful and destructive patterns of feelings, behaviors and perceptions towards oneself and others.  


Undergraduate Education:

Stanford University


Medical School:

University of Southern California



University Hospital, University of Michigan Medical School



Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical School Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine


Advanced Training:          

Fellow in Psychiatry, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Member and Staff, Yale-Tavistock Institute for Human Relations

Residential Group Relations Conference

Certificate, Washington School of Psychiatry, Program in Social Psychiatry


Psychoanalytic Training:

Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis                    

Licensure and Board Certification:

District of Columbia, Medicine and Surgery, Specialty in Psychiatry (License # MD25534)

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification


Professional Experience:

Staff, Austen Riggs Center       

Chief Psychiatrist and Senior Staff, Peace Corps

Acting Medical Director, Peace Corps

Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, Private Practice


Teaching Experience:

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown Medical School

Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Advanced Studies Program in

Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, Georgetown University Medical School

Adjunct Professor, Liberal Studies Program, Georgetown University

Teaching Analyst, Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis

Teaching and Supervising Analyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis                   



Senior Member, American Psychoanalytic Association

Founding Member, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Past Member, Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis

Senior Member, International Psychoanalytic Association

Member, Philosophic Association of Washington, D.C.


Professional Study Groups:           

Co-Chair, Love, Sex and the American Psyche, bi-annually, American Psychoanalytic Association

Co-Chair, Intersubjectivity and Transformative Moments in Psychoanalysis and Creative Works, bi-annually, American Psychoanalytic Association

Co-Chair, Contribution to Psychoanalysis by Paul Gray bi-annually American Psychoanalytic Association

Co-Founder/Co-Chair, Woodstock Study Group, monthly Washington, D.C.

Co-Chair, Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Member, Study Group on Creativity, quarterly, Bethesda, Maryland



Davison, W., Bristol, R., & Pray, M. (1986) "Turning aggression on the self: a study of psychoanalytic process”, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LV: 273-295. 


Davison, W., Pray, M., & Bristol, R.C. (1990) “ Psychoanalytic process and close process monitoring of resistance”, Psychoanalytic Quarterly: LVIII.


Davison, W.T., Pray, M., & Bristol, R. (1990) “Mutative interpretation and close process monitoring in a study of psychoanalytic process”, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LIX: 599-628.


Bristol, R. (1990) “Romantic Love, Passionate Attachments and the Greater Achievements in the Case of C.D.”, The Search, Passion and Possession of Romantic Love Conference, Washington School of Psychiatry, recording.


Davison, W.T., Pray, M. Bristol, R.C. &  Welker,  R. (1995) “Defense Analysis and Mutative Interpretation: A Primer”, Undoing Developmental Lag in Psychoanalytic Technique, Essays in Honor of Paul Gray on His 75 Birthday, Goldberger, M. (Editor), Private Press, N.Y.


Davison, W.T., Pray, M., Bristol, R.C., & Welker, R. (1995) "Defense Analysis and Mutative Interpretation: A Primer," Undoing Developmental Lag in Psychoanalytic Technique, Goldberger, M., Editor, Analytic Press.


Davison, W.T., Pray, M., Bristol, R.C. (1996) “Defense Analysis and Mutative Interpretation”, Danger and Defense, Goldberger,  M., Editor, N.J. & London: Jason Aronson Inc.


Bristol, R.C. Ed., "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Manifestation, Theory and Treatment”, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21, number 3, 2001. 


Bristol, R.C., The Psychoanalytic Century, David Scharff (Editor) “What Freud Taught Us about Passionate Romantic Love”, p. 203-300, Other Press, 2000.


Bristol, R. and Pasternack, S., “Love and the American Society”, Cosmos Journal, Washington, D.C.2001


Bristol, R..C., (Leon Wurmer, Ed.), The Superego:  The History of a Childhood Neurosis and its Relation to the Adult Superego, The Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 24: 286-306 (2004)


Bristol, R.C., “Edgar Allan Poe”, The American Psychoanalyst, September 2010

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