Get to Know Me
My name is Sam Anderson and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I went to the University of Minnesota where I received a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I went to the University of St. Thomas for my Master's degree in Social Work. I recently moved to Champlin, Minnesota with my wife, daughter (7), son (3.5) and cat (9). I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Minnesota Sports, playing board games, and enjoying nature. I have a passion for listening and truly caring for those that I work for and I work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. Since 2011, I have worked with a variety of individuals dealing with circumstances that are unique to their lives.
Therapy is a place where you can be validated, listened to, challenged, given suggestions, and make significant change towards your priorities, goals, relationships, and the way you see yourself.
I assist the individuals I work with in progressing towards positive change. I see myself as a nonjudgmental and supportive ally in your journey. I want to assist you in identifying your values and working towards the life that you want to live.
I identify as a Cis gendered White male, but I have exposure, experience, and passion for working with clients of underserved communities (i.e. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, elderly, etc.). I strongly believe in creating an open space where these topics can be discussed without hesitation or judgment.
I believe in a strong alliance between those that I work with and myself. We use this alliance to promote a safe, supportive, confidential, and trusting relationship to process and analyze difficult and potentially uncomfortable topics.
I lead my sessions in a strengths based way, assisting you in recognizing the qualities you excel in and highlighting these for positive change. I use behavioral techniques to educate, process, and challenge barriers that may be holding you back. I assist in recognizing ineffective judgments and identifying ways we can reframe these negative thought patterns and core beliefs. Reach out to me and we can begin this path towards change together.
Therapeutic areas of focus
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that can be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance abuse.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy is a psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Cognitive processing therapy is a manualized therapy used by clinicians to help people recover from posttraumatic stress disorder and related conditions. It includes elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and is one of the most widely used evidence-based therapies for PTSD. This type of therapy generally requires 10-13 weekly sessions.
Mindfulness based approaches
Mindfulness-based programs are designed to train individuals to cultivate mindfulness and incorporate its practice into daily life.
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