Jim Theisen

Areas of Focus: Supervision and Consultation

Phone: 651-846-3552

Email: jtheisen@argosy.edu


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA, 1995.
  • M.A., Theology, Fuller Graduate School of Theology, Pasadena, CA, 1991.
  • B.S., Psychology, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1986.


Jim Theisen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Training and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (MSPP). Dr. Theisen joined the MSPP in 2005 as a half-time core faculty member, providing weekly individual supervision for practicum students who did not have doctoral-level licensed psychologists available on their sites as well as teaching the Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy course. Beginning in fall 2007, he moved to full-time core faculty status and became the Director of Internship and Advanced Practicum Training, a position in which he served for four years. As an Associate Director of Training, he works primarily in the area of practicum training. He continues to teach Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy in addition to courses including Consultation and Supervision as well as Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Jim has an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995.

After completing his internship at the University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium, he worked at the Anoka–Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC), a large state psychiatric facility where he provided supervision and training for students, interns and staff members in the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, social work and nursing. He served as the Director of Student Training and the Internship Program in Psychology at AMRTC and worked as the Clinical Director of two innovative Community Unit programs. After leaving AMRTC in 2002, Jim worked as a psychologist at Hamm Clinic, a psychodynamically-oriented, non-profit community mental health clinic, which focuses on providing quality mental health services to diverse and underserved populations. In this position, he provided direct mental health services primarily to adult clients and provided education, training and supervision to interns, post-graduate fellows and community professionals through the clinic’s education and training program. While at Hamm Clinic, he was the Research Clinical Coordinator and developed a psychotherapy group for parents of infants and young children.


  • Supervision and Consultation.
  • Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy/Relational Perspectives in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
  • Countertransference Theory/Therapist's Use of Self.
  • Clinical Training Issues/Student Personal and Professional Development.


  • American Psychological Association, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), Affiliate Member.
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Member.
  • Minnesota Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, Member.
  • National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, Former Delegate.

Selected Publications

  • Theisen, J. J. (1996). The therapist's use of the relational self: Contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on countertransference. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Relational Perspectives Book Series of The Analytic Press, pending revision.

Selected Lectures

  • Theisen, J. J. (2011, May). The therapist's use of the relational self: Contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on countertransference. Invited speaker to Intern Seminar at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metropolitan Internship Consortium, Eagan, Minnesota.
  • Theisen J. J. (2010, February). Countertransference. Invited speaker to Social Work Practice class at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Theisen, J. J. (2004, May). Discussion: The relational perspective. Invited respondent for the Relational Perspective course in the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program in the Institute for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Selected Presentations

  • Theisen, J. J. (2005, April). Parent group: An intensive group psychotherapy intervention for parents of young children. Presentation at the Annual Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference of the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Theisen, J. J. (2002, May). The re-discovery of relationships in contemporary psychoanalysis: Relational psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy. Presentation at the 66th Annual Convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association, Bloomington, Minnesota.
  • DeSanto, P., Theisen, J. J., and Field, B. (1998, May). The changing safety net: Innovative state-operated services. Presentation at the Adult CSP Training Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota.
  • Theisen, J. J. (1998, April). Discussion: A relational perspective on desire and the body. Paper presented at the Section IV Invited Symposium at the Annual Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Theisen, J. J. (1997, March). The therapist's use of the relational self: Contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on countertransference. Paper presented at a meeting of the Minnesota Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, Minneapolis.

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