Alyssum Anderson



Grand Ave Location

Welcome, I am happy you are here! One of my core beliefs is that we are all doing the best that we can with what we have and I feel so privileged to walk together on this human journey. I strive to create an environment of authenticity and honesty, and use emotion, humor, and connection to help guide us in our work. I view the therapeutic relationship as a container in which growth, healing, and connection can occur while your values are deepened and integrated. You are the expert in your life. My role is to help you identify and build that trust in yourself and in the relationships that support you so that you can experience life in ways that feel congruent for you.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and approach therapy through a relational lens with the understanding that we are all a part of a larger system and context that impacts everything about us. We contain many different parts of ourselves and curiosity about those parts and their role in our life is the catalyst for making changes. Getting to know different parts of yourself and what each part is communicating to you is a journey that we will walk together. One of my goals as a therapist is to help you identify patterns within yourself and in your relationships to better understand your own agency. Somatic work – identifying emotions in the body – can be incredibly helpful in the process of understanding what is important to you and is sprinkled throughout our work together.

I work with all types of adult clients: individuals, couples, families, and groups and below are some specific ways that happen in session.

Relational/Couples Work: One of the primary ways I practice therapy is through relational work. There are so many things that we can’t control in life, but when we are more connected to our partner, family, or significant friendships we feel more resilient and grounded in navigating life’s ups and downs.The primary lens in which I do couples and family therapy is through Emotionally Focused Therapy. This means focusing on the emotions that are present in the room and what comes up for each person as they engage each other. It is our work together to explore the patterns of interaction that happen and decide what is working and what is no longer working for you as individuals and/or in relationship with each other. I have a specific interest in working with adult families (where all family members participating in therapy are over the age of 18). I also work with those going through a discernment process in their relationship and deciding to continue or end their relationship.

Eco-Therapy/Nature therapy: As human beings, we are connected to and impacted by the natural environment around us. We can use the rhythms and elements of the natural world to help regulate our nervous systems and connect to something outside of ourselves which can help deepen our therapeutic work together. Eco-therapy with me is a co-created space. This can be as simple as going for a walk instead of meeting in the office or doing more intentional exercises and mindfulness connected to nature in a nature specific setting (a park, the woods, etc.). Eco-therapy can take place both in-person or in virtual sessions.

Brainspotting: Our body holds so much information that can be helpful to us when we can access it. Somatic work is sprinkled throughout my practice, but is more intentionally focused on during brainspotting. Brainspotting is a specific modality to access and heal from trauma and to experience a felt sense of change in life. Brainspotting can be done in just a small part of a session infrequently or can be the primary focus of all or many therapy sessions. If you are interested in understanding more about this modality, I suggest you watch Brainspotting Therapy – Developed by David Grand (PhD) – A sketch animation by Dr. Mark Grixi on YouTube, which can provide you with a better understanding of what happens in brainspotting.

I welcome clients from all backgrounds and cultures and am committed to serving the BIPOC community, LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized communities. I am committed to continuing my own journey of growth and work around understanding my privilege and biases as I move through the world.

I am passionate about being outside in any weather and finding treasures in unexpected places brings me unending amounts of joy. In my free time you can find me trying to convince my partner to get onboard with a crazy idea we don’t have time for, trying to keep up mentally and physically with our two kiddos, snuggling with my animals and pretending I’ve found the elusive balance between rhythm and adventure.

Typical work hours: 8 AM-2 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays.

I take most major insurances and offer in office, telehealth sessions, outdoor walk and talk therapy sessions, and outdoor eco-therapy sessions.

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