Mark Anderson, LCSW
Mark Anderson, LCSW
I'm always looking to equip my clients with the tools and understanding they need to move toward their goals - healing, fulfillment, interpersonal harmony - as efficiently as possible.
My collaborative approach with my clients is to help them get clarity about their goals and whatever obstacles impede them, to find their strengths - including those they've lost touch with - and to assist them in applying those strengths to get started along a more rewarding path. The means of reaching solutions is always grounded in the client's own strengths and yearnings.
I don't kid myself that therapy is the only avenue to serious change. Rather, I believe that counseling is a wonderful tool to help people jump-start themselves when they can't figure out where they want to go or how to get there. I also help clients identify and access resources to help them along the road: self-calming techniques, nutrition and physical activity, readings, meditations and other homework, interpersonal skills, ways to satisfy spiritual yearnings, etc.
Sometimes, when there's been deep emotional injury and/or a lack of adequate nurturing, people need to do some serious healing work. I bring to these clients powerful means for recovery: tools for helping individuals and couples heal broken relationships and overcome self-defeating patterns such as negative, fearful thinking and compulsive behaviors; cognitive-behavioral therapy for recovery from mood and anxiety disorders; EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for healing the effects of trauma. The source of trauma may be from accidents, physical or sexual assault, or - for our returning heroes - from combat. Or it may represent what we call attachment trauma -the betrayals and injuries that occur within close relationships and which can cause deep emotional injury even when there's no physical danger.
My greatest professional satisfaction is always from helping clients return to a sense of high personal efficacy, knowing that they have on board the tools to sustain their growth long after our work has ended.
Last Update: Thu July 05, 2012 19:47:26