Holly Anderson

Clinically Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT and LMFT)

Hi, I’m Holly, a therapist for individuals and couples. With over a decade of experience, I am equipped and comfortable with a wide variety of clients, but especially enjoy working with women executives, entrepreneurs, and busy working professional couples. I am curious, adventurous and creative. I love to travel, read and have a deep appreciation for design. I use my eye for design to compassionately see you for who you are and where you are at, and help you feel at home as we work to design the life and relationship you want.

My ideal client is one who is hungry for change and ready to take steps forward. I believe that self-compassion is a vehicle for real and lasting change and as you learn to soften toward yourself, you can start to soften toward others in your life.

If you are someone who feels stuck, lonely or fed-up by a cycle that’s been playing on repeat, I am eager to connect with you. Thriving and lasting joy are the fruit of the therapy process and I want to partner with you to move into a new season.

Credentials & Training

  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology; Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in California
  • Clinical Training in Integration of spirituality, especially from a Christian Perspective
  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas #839
  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in Missouri #2017025033
  • Registered Play Therapist #T3318, Certificate in Play Therapy from MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and Rising Strong™ Facilitator based on Brené Brown’s Research
  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Training led by Shauna Shapiro and Kristin Neff based on their research
  • Certificate in Trauma Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Certificates in the following modalities: Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Externship & Core Skills 1, 2, 3, 4 (in supervision to complete certification)

“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”

 Cheryl Richardson

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My Approach: Through a blend of attachment theory, nueroscience research, and experiential processing we will address themes regarding shame-resiliency, mindfulness, self-compassion, and boundaries.


Shame-Resiliency

"You are imperfect and you’re wired for struggle but you are worthy of love and belonging." -- Brené Brown

Shame thrives when it remains hidden. Shame, different from guilt, is a negative belief about who we are or our identity. Similar to trauma, the experience of shame shuts down the part of our brain that helps us to learn and grow and impacts our relationships. Everyone is impacted by the experience of shame but the key, according to Dr. Brené Brown’s research, is engaging in the practice of vulnerability. In working together, we will explore shame-resiliency skills like the impact of emotions in the body, defining your shame triggers, exploring trust in safe relationships, exposing the blocks to vulnerability, and finding ways to self-regulate as you wrestle with shame in your life.

Learn more about Dr. Brené Brown

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of noticing without judgment. This observational tool helps you to slow down, notice, respond, and consciously choose how you’d like to behave in any moment or situation. The first step to change, whether the issue is an ingrained habit or thought pattern, is acknowledgement and awareness. As you continue to practice mindfulness, noticing without judgment, you become awake to your life and are empowered to respond rather than react.

Self-Compassion

"Common humanity, we remember that feelings of inadequacy and disappointment are shared by all. This is what distinguishes self-compassion from self-pity. Whereas self-pity says, “poor me,” self-compassion remembers that everyone suffers and it offers comfort because everyone is human." -- Kristin Neff

Self-compassion is how we respond to ourselves when we are in a moment of suffering. We can often unconsciously believe that the problem is outside of us, about someone else, or blame ourselves. However, self-compassion graciously turns the lens inward. Self-compassion work teaches us to tend to our own hearts, which improves the quality of our lives and in turn, makes us compassionate to others, as well. Self-compassion is the vehicle for real and lasting change.

Learn more about Self Compassion

Boundaries

"Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind." -- Brené Brown

Boundaries are defined as “what’s okay and what’s not okay”. Boundaries are fluid and will change based off of the season that you’re in. Sometimes there are blocks around setting boundaries for yourself rooted in people-pleasing or dynamics leftover from your family of origin. In boundary work, we will explore areas that feel infringed upon and difficulties in relationships and overcoming barriers to expressing what you feel and think.

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