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Hollis Greenspan, LICSW

Relationships Intimacy Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes
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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.

Professional experience

11yrs in practice
Relationships Intimacy Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body image, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Communication problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and separation, Guilt and shame, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Mood disorders , Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Sexuality, Somatization, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MA LICSW 121484


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Hollis Greenspan. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Hollis is extremely respectful and easy to talk to. She is very available and replies in a timely manner. She takes the time to get to know you and address what is needed. I enjoyed talking with Hollis.

Written on Oct 30, 2023 after therapy with Hollis for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Working with Hollis has been a wonderful experience. She listens; she challenges me to look at my thoughts with new perspectives and provides tangible strategies for addressing my hyper-critical inner monologue.

Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Hollis for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

Hollis was able to listen through my words to the heart of the matters I was struggling with. I felt heard and supported during our conversations and was provided practical strategies to implement in my life as soon as I left our meetings. I would highly recommend this therapist!

Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Hollis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Hollis makes me feel heard and understood, and BETTER after each session

Written on Jan 29, 2023 after therapy with Hollis for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Hollis is very kind and insightful!

Written on Dec 18, 2022 after therapy with Hollis for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Hollis has been a great resource for me as someone struggling with self esteem issues and extreme bipolar mood swings

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Hollis for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd