Chad T. Allen, MA, LPCC
Therapist for Individuals & Couples
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me and my psychotherapy practice. I work with individuals and couples in brief and long-term therapy to not only reduce suffering but also develop a greater capacity for love, work, and creativity. I completed my masters in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas, as well as advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I am presently pursuing further education and training in psychoanalysis through the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I enjoyed a successful career in healthcare consulting and information technology. I have first-hand experience with the challenges and benefits inherent in developing a satisfying career and balancing it with other meaningful aspects of one’s life. My past professional life enriches my work with patients in that I am able to draw on a history of diverse practical experiences to offer an informed perspective that patients often find useful.
My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the psychoanalytic (or psychodynamic) tradition. To my mind, the psychoanalytic approach is essentially about exploring those aspects of one’s self that are not fully known, especially as they are experienced and influenced in the therapy relationship. Often there are things we seem not to want to know. We tend to look away from aspects of our experience that are threatening, dissonant, or that make us feel vulnerable in some way. I see this motivation as serving a protective function. Most psychological difficulties were once adaptive solutions to life problems; difficulties arise when life circumstances change and the old solutions are no longer helpful, or become self-defeating, but we continue to apply them anyway.
From this point of view, I approach the adults with whom I work as products of important early experiences that continue to be repeated in the present with others, including me, the therapist. As you begin to feel understood, accepted, and more deeply known in therapy, a trusting therapeutic relationship develops and together we discover aspects of your thoughts, feelings, and actions that were not fully realized or understood. I believe this process of exploration opens the door to change, whether you are seeking immediate symptom relief or longer-term personality transformation.
My style is warm, curious, and engaged. I provide a safe and confidential space in which you can share your story so that together we can come to understand you and how you can move forward in your life.
- Psychoanalytic Candidate, Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, an Institute of the American Psychoanalytic Institute (ongoing)
- Fellowship at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (MPSI) Psychotherapy Center
- MPSI Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Madison
- Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society
- American Psychoanalytic Association
- The Society for Psychoanalytic Studies – Division 39, Minnesota Chapter