Hello! I’m Jennifer Anderson and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here in Newbury Park, California. I have been practicing since 2004. From the time I was a teenager I’ve always been a good ear for those in need. I loved hearing their stories and was always so happy to help them through whatever it was they were going through. Listening seemed like such a small act but it had such a big impact on those who were really struggling. That always struck me. I have always felt that the relationship between healer and wounded was critical. In fact, research recently validated this and found that the relationship was the number one factor in whether or not psychotherapy is effective. We are wired for connection. We all want to be seen, heard, and understood. This is even more true when we are hurting.
Unfortunately, if we have wounds regarding connection, we have to address that trauma in order to connect. I work with those with a complex past and deep relational wounds that may show up in troublesome symptoms and repeating patterns. I find that my clients desperately want to connect but find their fear getting in the way. I work with you to clear out those obstacles so that you can find and maintain the connections you’re wanting, without the patterns of dissociation, triggering, and panic.
Our ultimate goal is to decrease the impact of trauma and increase your ability to connect to others. The thought of addressing your trauma can be frightening but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to relive it to heal it. We now have gentler and faster ways to heal these wounds. I draw from multiple sources and use parts of EMDR, Brainspotting, NeuroAffective Relational Model, and Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment. I find that being able to utilize multiple approaches gives us a lot to draw from in order to personalize plan and get you the coping skills you need to balance and manage your emotional responses.
When I am not seeing clients I am often traveling or visiting Disneyland. I love all things related to Hawaii and have dreams of retiring there one day. I also have two children with special needs to I spend much of my free time advocating for families raising special needs children. I love coming beside other parents in fighting to have their child’s needs met and their potential maximized.