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Jennifer Tichenor, MA LMFT/Clinic Owner

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and provide individual and couples therapy in Maplewood, Minnesota.  I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and have found much success in helping  those who struggle with issues related to conflict, trust, infidelity and unresolved issues.   

Many therapists will say that they work with or use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, but have not completed the specialized and rigorous training that entails the competency to use it. It is imperative that you choose a therapist for your relationship who is well trained and competent in couples therapy, because an untrained therapist can diminish your chances of relationship success greatly.   
I am passionate about this because I have been a client in couples therapy, and have experienced someone who was essentially “practicing” what they have learned from a book and not through the rigorous training that addresses the complexities that an intimate relationship contains. 
The benefits of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy include decreased anxiety when conflicts occur, effective listening and communication skills, creation of  positive interactions (that used to be highly charged and damaging), increased trust and intimacy, comfort in managing and working through impasses, and a better understanding of yourself and your partners needs.  
Most of us are not taught how to have healthy interactions with our partner. Utilizing a therapist who is warm and effective in creating a non-judgmental place to work through relationship issues that feel shameful and embarrassing is the basis for your relationships growth.  It is my goal, first and foremost for you to feel comfortable, like you are talking to a real human being, and not the stereotypical “shrink.” My approach is strength-based, centered on you feeling comfortable and focused on teaching and applying solutions you can begin to use right away. 
I also help individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, grief, unresolved family and emotional issues, co-dependency and addiction.  Therapy includes identifying what is troubling you, discovering where your natural strengths lie, and developing lasting tools to become better in your every day life and relationships. Successful therapy includes identifying what you would like to change AND what you are doing well. 

Treatment specialization includes: 

  • Depression, Anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Attention and learning difficulties
  • Anger issues
  • Couples Therapy
  • Aggression issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem issues and/or body image issues
  • Social Struggles
  • Communication issues
  • Life transition and/or change issues
  • Work or career issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Trauma including: verbal, emotional, and physical 
  • Co-dependency issues
  • LGBTQ

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Hamline University
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Minnesota
  • Certified in Aggression Replacement Training

Experience:

  • I spent over two years working exclusively with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in their homes.
  • I have five years of volunteer work with sexual assault victims through Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County.

Other Interests:

  • I am active with MN Paws dog rescue.  I am honored to foster dogs for them and their mission to rescue dogs that would otherwise have little chance at adoption, or would be euthanized due to medical issues that can be treated, and/or due to misconceptions about their breed.

 

 

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