About Me


Welcome to my practice. My name is Karen Anderson and I graduated with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and am currently working to complete my PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my academic work I was the recipient of the UNLV Excellence in Marriage and Family Therapy Practice award and am currently registered with the State of Nevada as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. As well, I am an adjunct faculty member for the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2010 in the Couple and Family Therapy department.

Therapeutic Approach: As a marriage and family therapist my training has been from a systems perspective. Systems therapy works with the relationship and cycles of interaction between persons. Within the context of systems that may be affecting one’s life, issues such as gender, culture, and spirituality are considered. During our first couple of sessions, we will set specific goals to accomplish based on your presenting problem. I will gather data on your presenting problem and we will work together to find solutions. I believe that therapy not only takes place in the therapy room, but also between sessions. Therefore, a part of your therapeutic process may include assignments and reading outside the therapy room.

I work with individuals, couples, families and groups. The approaches that I use in treatment vary. I primarily use an existential humanistic approach with an integration of different treatment modalities and techniques. I believe the relationship between the therapist and the client is paramount for productive treatment and ultimately for healing to occur.


Education
PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy - Currently
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Licenses
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Nevada State Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapy (#01148)
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor - Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors (#0419)

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Supervisor - Nevada State Board of Examiners - 131 - LCS

Certifications & Awards
Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator: Brene` Brown Workshops; Daring Greatly and Rising Strong
UNLV Excellence in Marriage & Family Therapy Practice Award 2008

Additional Training
EMDR Level I & II Training
EMDR Advanced Training: Dissociation and Development Through the Life Span
EMDR Advanced Training: Applications of Mindfulness Awareness and Resonance to Psychotherapy
EMDR Advanced Training: Complementing Traditional Addiction Treatment with EMDR

Parenting Coordinator Services Provider for Eighth Judicial Family Court
Child Clinical Interviewer for Eighth Judicial Family Court

Gottman Relationship Institute: LEVEL 1 Bridging the Couple Chasm
Gottman Relationship Institute: LEVEL 2 Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities

Professional Activities and Memberships
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Nevada Approved Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor
Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors Approved Supervisor
EMDRIA International Association Clinical Member

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