Working Together Toward Change


Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, & Parent Coaching

"It is in the space between the inner and outer world, which is also the space between people – the transitional space – that intimate relationships and creativity occur.” ~D. W. Winnicott~


Psychodynamic/ Psychoanalytic Principles


  • Value Placed on the Therapeutic Relationship

  • Open Communication

  • Looking Beyond the Obvious

  • Discover the Unknown

  • Finding Your True Self

​What is Psychoanalysis or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalysis or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a form of mental health treatment which is based on the understanding that we are sometimes unaware of the reasons we feel, think and behave.  Through our therapeutic relationship, psychoanalytic treatment helps you access parts of the mind that are interfering with your social, emotional, and intellectual abilities. Time is taken to explore patterns of behavior, emotions, personality traits in the context of past and present relationships including that with your therapist. When you can say anything that comes to mind during the therapy, a safe and trusting space is created between us that allows for a deep understanding and working-through your difficulties in the therapy and in your life outside of the therapy.


What is CBT? (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Not unlike Psychoanalytic approaches, CBT therapists help you identify thoughts and behaviors contributing to your mental health.  The treatment is focused on developing an understanding of your thoughts, how they affect the way you behave, and then developing different thoughts. The focus in CBT is on the behavior (symptoms) which lead you to seek help while psychoanalytic theories understand that symptoms have multiple meanings that may originate with your feelings about yourself and life events.  In CBT the therapeutic relationship is not considered of primary importance in the change process.​

What is DBT? (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

DBT, a form of CBT, is similar to Psychoanalytic therapy in that the therapist assists you with thoughts and behaviors.  Not unlike Psychoanalysis, DBT places a high degree of importance on the patient/therapist relationship. The relationship is used to help the patient recognize the maladaptive nature of the intense emotions that lead to difficulty with regulating yourself and your behaviors.  Psychoanalysts work with you to explore and value your feelings as adaptive and essential to understanding yourself in the context of your thoughts and relationships. In CBT, adjustment in your feelings is a result of changing your thoughts and behavior. DBT is often a treatment most helpful for persons who have extreme difficulty regulating their emotions that lead to self-defeating behaviors interfering with work, relationships, and healthy functioning.


Parent Consultation/
Coaching


  • Discover your core parenting values.

  • Understand behaviors and develop strategies.

  • Support your child’s physical, emotional and social development.

  • Recognize family and personal stressors affecting parenting success.

  • Learn to foresee potential struggles.

Please contact Jan Search, MSW, LICSW to learn how I might be helpful.

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Contact Jan Search   (612) 849-5059

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