Marc Anderson, MA, LMHC, CMHS
About Marc Anderson
Welcome! Many clients initially want negative symptoms to change or for the undesired circumstances to stop. The problem though is that symptoms are just symptoms. There are deeper roots to the stories/patterns that repeat from the past into the present. Society often neglects what afflicts one's internal world, and we then learn that the norm in life is to be alone in emotional pain. Unprocessed shame is internalized, which in turn shapes how we view ourselves, relationships, and life experiences.
As adults, many of us do not learn to make a habit of: being kind to ourselves, listening to what our internal needs are, and being differentiated in relationships. Unprocessed trauma and negative patterns become the norm. The invitation is to create a new model where the positive aspects of life can co-exist with grieving the past's impact. Together, we will work to help you begin to step more authentically and wholeheartedly toward yourself and others.
I am a licensed mental health counselor (License #: LH60717794) with a master’s degree in psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (2012-2015). I completed my clinical internship and worked at Sound Mental Health in Child & Family Services for three years. It was an invaluable education to go to different schools and meet with clients during their school day. I also worked with families to process chaos in their family systems and helped them engage each other in kinder ways. I am passionate about working with acculturation patterns, racial identity issues, spiritual development, attachment issues, trauma, and identity/sense-of-self issues. I am a children’s mental health specialist in WA State (currently seeing kids 12+).
I spent formative years (ages 10-19) in Guadalajara Mexico. As a third-culture-child, I experienced first-hand the unique challenges of living in a foreign country during developmental years, losing a sense-of-self due to the new culture, and then having reverse culture shock to return home and feel "different." It is extremely difficult to live between worlds and to not fit in with either a home culture or the culture away from home. I have a heart for others who have gone through similar circumstances. Growing up in Mexico also gave me an appreciation for other cultures and insight into how unique and complex all of us are. I have travelled to roughly 25 countries and lived in Australia for a year. I have a deep respect for other cultures and different ways of living.
SpecialtiesChild or Adolescent, Codependency, Grief
Age Group FocusAdolescents, Adults, Seniors
Treatment ApproachesAttachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Existential, Family Systems, Gottman Method, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy
IssuesAnxiety, Codependency, Grief, Self Esteem, Spirituality