My Approach to Helping
I am an experienced therapist who finds real joy in helping one person at a time regain control of their life, improve their situation, find a better path, or understand who they really are at the deepest levels. I have 36 years of clinical experience and specialized postgraduate training in a variety of techniques and approaches to bring to the work we will do together, customized to your needs. My approach to psychotherapy focuses first on developing a trusting relationship with you and creating a safe space where you can feel comfortable talking freely about what is bothering you. My approach is designed to help you tap into your natural resources for healing and focus on your strengths while addressing areas where you are having difficulties. Therapy can also help to increase your awareness of relationship patterns that concern or confuse you and which may have origins in earlier life experiences. After we’ve met, I work to be straightforward and direct with you regarding my thoughts about the concerns you have brought to our meetings. It may take a few sessions for me to develop a thorough professional opinion, though often I am able to give you some feedback in the first session.
More Info About My Practice
My professional training includes the following areas: psychodynamic psychotherapy; extensive training for trauma-related problems including PTSD, DID, and other dissociative disorders; family therapy training; couples therapy training (I am trained in several couple and family therapy approaches and will utilize the best approach for each couple or family I see); group therapy training; Ego-state therapy; Hypnosis; Mindfulness approaches; Interpersonal and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for mood & anxiety disorders and relationship difficulties.
In addition to my extensive training and clinical experience, I am frequently consulted by my peers for input on therapies that have gotten stuck or to give a second opinion. I also specialize in differential diagnosis of cases that present with both dissociative and psychotic features.
WOMEN’S TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP
Group Leader: Jan Freeman, LCSW-C
Thursday, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
4400 East West Hwy. Suite 28
Bethesda MD 20814
Contact: (301) 657-2292
Start Date: TBA
Free parking is available in the basement of the building.
The purpose of this Women’s Trauma Recovery Group is to help survivors further consolidate their gains in recovery and develop further skills for coping with the aftermath of trauma in their daily lives. The group setting will provide women with a safe place to explore any remaining issues they may be grappling with and to do so in a setting designed to be supportive, warm, yet challenging of lingering coping styles that may be maladaptive. The group will primarily be an ongoing open-ended process group; however, a workbook will serve as a backdrop for the group in which members may raise issues or reactions they had to the previous week’s workbook assignment. The workbook is available from Amazon: “Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress,” by Elizabeth G. Vermilyea, M.A.
Referrals are being accepted now. Appropriate referrals include women currently in individual trauma therapy who have reached stabilization and women who have completed individual trauma therapy in the past. Members must be screened for the group by the group leader. In the screening sessions information will be given on how to use group therapy and individual goals for the group will be discussed. The group will be ongoing and open-ended.
Jan Freeman, LCSW-C has over 36 years of experience treating people who have experienced traumatic stress heal from their wounds and restore a sense of well-being to their lives. She was appointed a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2015, presented at their conferences, and has taught courses on working with trauma and dissociation. Ms. Freeman also trained in group therapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry’s 2-year Certificate Program, served as an officer and newsletter editor in the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, and has led many groups for both adolescents and adults through the years.