Hello and Welcome! I'm Tim - a 53 year-old, married, father of two, adventurer, explorer, and overall lover of the outdoors and most critters (excluding skunks, woodticks, mosquitos... those kind of things). I am a life-long Christian; my journey is unique, just like yours, and yours will be respected with understanding, empathy, kindness, compassion, and mercy - for these are my "strength traits" based on my Spiritual Gifts Inventory - something I did when I began considering going into ministry.
I have always worked with helping and serving people in one way, shape or form, but I also want you to know that many others have helped me. Back in the 1990's, when I was going through a particularly difficult time, a therapist helped me immensely, and I distinctly remember telling myself: "If I ever go back to college, it will be for some kind of psychology degree - so I can help others the way my therapist helped me... that must be so, so satisfying." Fast forward to my mid-forties, when it became necessary to "re-invent myself" - so I did, with an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) degree from St. Cloud State in Minnesota - where I have practiced for the past 8 years in a multiple office agency serving all ages, and tackling just about any problem anyone could throw at me. The issues that seem to come up "all the time" are typically related to relationship conflict, all the various forms of anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and PTSD/trauma - so these are the areas where I have the most experience. In the same breath, I want to tell you that I have also worked for several years in a faith-based, inpatient substance abuse treatment center for men (Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge), where I feel I have seen and worked with just about everything (nothing surprises me). The point is that no matter what your issue is, you will be met with someone who has a broad level of experience.
"LMFT" is a specific branch of therapy that trains it's people to look at issues from a family systems perspective. What's most important for you to know is that I have spent the last 8 years working with "everyone in the family" - parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and so on - both individually, and in the group/family setting. During that time, I often worked with couples in many settings: individually with the man, or the woman, or together when it was appropriate. I also worded in an environment called "co-therapy", where a female therapist works with the woman, a male therapist works with the man, and all four come together when the timing is appropriate. This was incredibly valuable for me and offered tremendous experience.
Past clients have often told me that I am easy to talk to, and they feel comfortable with me. That's because I really enjoy people, and I'm down to earth. I'm not the type of therapist who is aloof or superior. I honestly feel that you and I are on an even playing field. You have your strengths and weaknesses, and I have mine. There will never be any judgment, criticism, or condemnation coming from me. I'm just eager to hear the details and the truth about your life, so that I can help you help yourself get to feeling better as soon as possible.
I love humor, and I know when it's appropriate to use, and when it's not, in the therapeutic environment.
53 years is a fair bit of life experience, and I have packed a lot into those years. Clients also tell me that they "can relate to me" easily. That's because, when it's appropriate for an intervention, I tend to be a therapist who self-discloses at times, and that's because I want to normalize what you are going through, let you know that I have experienced this too, and most importantly, that I have found the way to victory and success over this particular obstacle or issue. Many therapists are fearful of self-disclosing; I find that if I am willing to risk it, it causes my clients and I to connect in a deeper way, and therefore, they feel they can trust me.
I could tell you all the theories I use and draw from - but the average person seeking therapy aren't necessarily familiar with them anyway (I know I wasn't) - so just know that I have lots and lots of training to draw from in my "bag of tricks". If you are so incredibly unique that I have no idea how to help you, I promise that I will admit it, and promptly go to the work of finding someone who can - for I also have several years of experience in assessing men in short term treatment, and plugging them into the appropriate channels and resources - so that they could get the help they needed.
You? You're an individual, couple or family struggling with some aspect of life. You know what? I often have struggled in life too. But our principles are important to us - so we want guidance from someone who is like-minded, and that's where our faith comes in. I L.O.V.E. working with people who are highly motivated to get better, and I love being able to integrate our Christian faith and spirituality with my Psychology/LMFT training and experience. For me, "doing therapy" without considering faith and spirituality is to leave the most important thing out. I look forward to coming alongside of you - to offer the guidance it takes to find victory over the pain, solutions to the obstacles, and get you as close as we can to operating at your full God-given potential.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LMFT #2900 (Expires: 2019-12-31)
Timothy Anderson has been the best therapist I have ever “talked with” and this includes live talks with therapist. He has been firm with me when I needed it. And kind when I needed that from him. He has me reading a very good book and is patient with my progress on reading the book. Tim has also congratulated me on the great progress I have made in just the past few months. He always answers me within a few hours when I contact him. I look forward to each and every one of his messages that he sends to me. I thank God for bringing Tim into my life.
Timothy has been supportive and kind on my journey and has helped point out God's truth and replace the truth with lies I've been telling myself. He has been attentive and feels like a friend to me. I trust and respect his perspective. I always feel welcomed to tell him how I am feeling and what's on my mind.