A patient may have spent years building defences against areas of anxiety and psychic pain; getting past them may take some time. To facilitate analysis, Freud proposed use of a fixed duration (the session) and reliable, regular location (the consulting room) ensuring privacy. ‘Analytic space, time, and technique’ explores features of time, space, and distance in this unusual setting, and highlights technique. It considers how analysts work, some dos, don’ts, and divisive experiments, and answers several questions: why are treatments often fixed-time sessions? Why do patients lie down on a couch during treatment? Why do analysts need to be patients? And how long should analysis last?