Hollis Greenspan

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About Me

Hello, I'm Hollis Greenspan, a licensed independent clinical social worker. Welcome to my profile page!

By choosing to enter into therapy, you've taken the first step towards self-empowerment and making positive life changes.

Change is a strange thing. Sometimes, the things that aren't working in our lives require altering something that we'd prefer not to let go of. Very often it's an idea or perception that needs to be released, and it's important to gain an awareness of the thoughts that maintain troublesome behaviors.

As an advanced graduate of a transformation-oriented counseling program, I have gained skill in helping people to release stuck patterns of thinking and behavior. I primarily use Mindfulness, a form of thought reframing called "Reality Therapy", Focusing, and Psychosynthesis counseling to assist clients.

Let me tell you a little about these latter two techniques. Focusing is a body-oriented practice that you can learn to do for yourself. It involves tuning in to deep levels of bodily sensations and accurately naming them, familiarizing yourself with a felt sense of the problem areas. Psychosynthesis is the foundation of a newly popular modality called "Internal Family Systems" therapy. The goal is to become aware of different, sometimes conflicting parts of your personality, to help them communicate and cooperate with each other. All parts of the personality are seen as having value, and this leads to acceptance of your self as a whole and diverse being.

I have worked with people from all walks of life, different ethnicities and cultures, and make room for everyone's point of view. My practice is grounded in Buddhist philosophy, but I don't push anyone to learn or practice that particular view of reality.

Here's the nitty gritty: I have a degree in cultural anthropology from Tufts University, a master's in social work from the University of Connecticut, and an advanced certification in counseling from The Synthesis Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. I have a special interest and many years of study in self-care, including nutrition, sleep hygiene, and other ways of embodying wellness.

Other areas of interest and expertise: Body dysmorphia, aging, creative blocks and perfectionism, death and dying, career choices and difficulties, pet loss, existential crisis, gender identity.

My experience working with depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, chronic illness, grief and loss, relationship problems, personality issues, and LGBTQ issues is extensive.

I approach psychotherapy with humor, love, and compassion. You are in the driver's seat, and self-empowerment is the ultimate goal. You will find me open-minded, caring, gentle, and flexible.

I look forward to meeting you.


  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone


LICSW #121484 (Expires: 2023-08-13)


Written by R.O. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Hollis for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd


Written by M.A. on Jul 20, 2021 after therapy with Hollis for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Every now and then, Hollis says 'hmm.' In the first session, I was afraid I said something weird. Being new to therapy, I was not sure how to share my innermost struggle with a stranger. But already in that first session, I felt safe. I quickly came to understand that Hollis' 'hmm' reflects a very knowledgable woman who is very thorough and committed to helping me and really thinks about how she can help me do better. I just started, but I already feel the impact of her questions and wise words for me to ponder. And I'm beyond grateful for that process Hollis facilitates. Thank you.