Barbara Shuman

About me

Lacanian Psychoanalysis


I am a Lacanian analyst and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in the Denver Metro area. Originally from France, I am fluent in French, Spanish, and English. Prior to becoming a psychoanalyst, I worked extensively with young children and their families in educational settings where I trained professionals in caregiving practices, holistic pedagogy, and human development. During that time I developed a passion for mental health, along with a strong conviction that individuals must be offered respect and dignity as they deal with the most intimate aspects of their lives. This new career path lead me to work in a variety mental health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and in-home environments. Since then, I have worked with adults who are seeking more satisfaction in life and work, with a focus on issues impairing their abilities to reach desire and to find fulfillment in their lives. I also work with children, adolescents and their families who are seeking help in overcoming life challenges, difficult transitions, academic difficulties, and emotional and behavioral issues.

My formation as an analyst began five years ago when I entered the Clinical College of Colorado and became a member of the Colorado Analytic Forum of the Lacanian Field. I currently teach theoretical and clinical seminars on Freudian and Lacanian Psychoanalysis. I have presented several papers on a variety of topics, including ethics, the analytic clinic with children, and the essential element in the relationship between the analyst and the “analysand” known as transference. I also provide supervision for clinicians and consultation on cases following the psychoanalytic lens.