Timothy Anderson

(MS, LMFT)
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About Me

Hello and Welcome! I'm Tim - a 53 year-old, married, father of two, adventurer, explorer, and overall lover of the outdoors and most critters (excluding skunks, woodticks, mosquitos... those kind of things) :-)

I have always worked with helping and serving people in one way, shape or form, but I also want you to know that many others have helped me. Back in the 1990's, when I was going through a particularly difficult time, a therapist helped me immensely, and I distinctly remember telling myself: "If I ever go back to college, it will be for some kind of psychology degree - so I can help others the way my therapist helped me... that must be so, so satisfying." Fast forward to my mid-forties, when it became necessary to "re-invent myself" - so I did, with an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) degree from St. Cloud State in Minnesota. I have practiced for the past 8 years in a multiple office agency serving all ages, and tackling just about any problem anyone could throw at me. The issues that seem to come up "all the time" are typically related to relationship conflict, all the various forms of anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, and PTSD/trauma - so these are the areas where I have the most experience. In the same breath, I want to tell you that I have also worked for several years in an inpatient substance abuse treatment center for men, where I feel I have seen and worked with just about everything (nothing surprises me). The point is that no matter what your issue is, you will be met with someone who has a broad level of experience in knowing how to tackle and overcome these issues.

Past clients have often told me that I am easy to talk to, and they feel comfortable with me. That's because I really enjoy people, and I'm down to earth. I'm not the type of therapist who is aloof or superior. I honestly feel that you and I are on an "even playing field." You have your strengths and weaknesses, and I have mine. There will never be any judgment, criticism, or condemnation coming from me. I'm just eager to hear the details and the truth about your life, and understand your unique individual story - so that I can help you help yourself get to feeling better as soon as possible.

I love humor, and I know when it's appropriate to use, and when it's not, in the therapeutic environment.

54 years is a fair bit of life experience, and I have packed a lot into those years. Clients also tell me that they "can relate to me" easily. That's because, when it's appropriate for an intervention, I tend to be a therapist who self-discloses at times, and that's because I want to normalize what you are going through, let you know that I have experienced this too, and most importantly, that I have found the way to victory and success over this particular obstacle or issue. Many therapists are fearful of self-disclosing; I find that if I am willing to risk it, it causes my clients and I to connect in a deeper way, and therefore, they feel they can trust me.

I could tell you all the theories I use and draw from - but the average person seeking therapy aren't necessarily familiar with them anyway (I know I wasn't before my formal training) - so just know that I have lots and lots of training to draw from in my "bag of tricks". If you are so incredibly unique that I have no idea how to help you, I promise that I will admit it, and promptly go to the work of finding someone who can - for I also have several years of experience in assessing men in short term treatment, and plugging them into the appropriate channels and resources - so that they could get the help they needed.

You? You're hurting in some way, and you're smart enough to recognize your feelings, admit that you need help, and have reached out. Congratulations - those are important steps, and you are well on way! I L.O.V.E. working with people who are highly motivated to get better. I look forward to coming alongside of you - to offer the guidance it takes to find victory over the pain, and get you as close as we can to operating at your full God-given potential.

My best,

Tim


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #2900 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on May 03, 2021 after therapy with Timothy for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Tim has a warm and friendly demeanor and pairs it with a no non-sense approach to dealing with the issues of life. He is always encouraging you to go deeper into the problem in order to get to the heart of the matter. He does this in a loving way, so that instead of wanting to run from your struggles, you face them head on. Having him in your corner gives the confidence that you can keep going and fight through whatever you are facing. I highly recommend Tim as a therapist and person!

Written by P.H. on Jan 31, 2021 after therapy with Timothy for 4 months

Tim has been great! I came into counseling floundering and he gave me direction. He is friendly and straightforward, helpful and accommodating. His ability to incorporate personal examples into his therapy made all the difference for me. I am incredibly thankful that Tim was able to be there for me in my time of need. Highly recommended!

Written by K.A. on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Timothy for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

My sessions with Timothy have been exactly what I was hoping for, and he really understands and realizes what is going on in my world for challenges and stressful topics.

Written by K.I. on Jan 06, 2021 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I feel like I can be 100% myself as I talk to Tim. He shows no judgement and is quick to make me feel like I’m not alone in my experience. He asks lots of thoughtful questions and challenges me to stand up to my damaging self-talk. I’m looking forward to working with Tim more. I think he is going to help me learn a lot about myself.

Written by L.A. on Jan 03, 2021 after therapy with Timothy for 1 year and 5 months

This guy is awesome. 10/10 would recommend.

Written by M.A. on Nov 02, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks

Tim is very personable and relatable. He shares insight and expertise via what your own inner voice should be thinking and that comes in handy when I need to exercise what I have learned in his sessions. Very practical and helpful.

Written by K.I. on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Tim is absolutely fantastic. I’ve been in therapy on and off since I was like 6. He is the only one I feel like I’ve been able to actually open up to and express my true feelings. He’s excellent on picking up on cues and will say “I noticed you said this earlier...is this something you’d like to talk about or something that is bothering you?” Sometimes he notices that I want to talk about something before I realize it myself. And I love that he is comfortable talking about himself and his own experiences to show that he can relate and understands how I’m feeling. It makes me feel like I’m not alone and not crazy for feeling the way I do. He even let me show him my collection of classic books and nerd stuff like Harry Potter collectibles because he knew that it was improving my mood and allowing me to express myself which will in turn help him better communicate and relate to me. I 100% would recommend Tim to anyone who wanted to better their mental health and way of life. I’ve learned so much from Tim, and I am forever grateful that I have such an open minded and understanding therapist.

Written by A.N. on Aug 17, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Thank you for the great care

Written by K.A. on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

Tim is very easy to talk to and makes you feel safe. he helped me in a particularly difficult time in my life and this was the first time I tried and actually enjoyed therapy I found it very very helpful. Please try it out you won’t regret it help is here if you need it!

Written by B.R. on Jun 29, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Very educated, respectful, and responsive. This is my first time going to a counselor and so far I appreciate his feedback.

Written by V.E. on Jun 05, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 5 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

This program was perfect. I am a truck driver and home once a month, went through a trauma and was not going to get through my difficulties with a counselor at home. I was matched with Tim and he was very quick with responses!! That was huge for me, even on weekends he would respond!! With my work schedule of driving for hours he recommended books for me to listen to, which was perfect! Tim was able to work with me easily and put me on the path for healing!! I would recommend him to anyone!!

Written by P.A. on Apr 09, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Tim has a good heart. His knowledge gives you that ability you need to do the unimaginable. He's calm, soft spoken and has a considerate amount if humor. He knows when and where something would work and he meets you at your very point of need. I enjoyed working with Tim. He's very intelligent and I wouldn't say my time here at BetterHelp wasn't worth it. It was worth having someone like Tim to speak to in difficult times and I'm glad I made use of the free period. Thank you Tim and everyone at BetterHelp. I'm awed by the level of expertise. See you again!

Written by M.C. on Mar 09, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 1 year on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Tim is an outstanding counselor! He was able to guide me through one of the most challenging situation I’ve ever been through. He is a skilled listener and had real, practical thought exercises that helped me find a much healthier and happier process. Because of my experience with him, I’ve encouraged multiple friends and family members to try BetterHelp. I recommend Tim with highest regard!

Written by G.E. on Feb 18, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching

Tim Anderson is a GREAT therapist! He’s completely safe and he has been concerned with my welfare!

Written by R.A. on Feb 13, 2020 after therapy with Timothy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I came to BetterHelp while going through a huge life change and was pretty desperate for some support and help. Timothy has been an absolute blessing! It took me a while to get used to the shift from "formal" counseling to online counseling, but it has become a really great fit for me! I love that I can send him a message any time of day expressing anything I'm feeling and he validates my feelings and asks questions to help me understand and untangle what's going on in my mind. I strongly recommend BetterHelp and Timothy!

Written by S.A. on Dec 23, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

The reason I came to counseling is complicated. Tim did a great job at helping me to sort out all of the components, and get to the root of the issue. He helped me to see truths that I didn't realize existed. He has been phenomenal and I have come a long way in just a couple of weeks.

Written by G.A. on Oct 07, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

When I signed up for betterhelp.com I totally judged a book by its cover. I choose Tim based on his picture because he appeared wise and down to earth. Lucky for me, my instincts were not wrong. During our sessions I have always felt understood and received great feedback / "homework". He has helped me learn a lot about myself and how to better interact with the people closest to me. I recommend betterhelp.com to my family peers often. You have the freedom to connect with your counselor in a variety of ways and if you find yourself in crisis, someone will be there for you.

Written by M.E. on May 13, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Tim is great. He is easy to talk to and offers excellent advice!

Written by T.R. on May 07, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and career difficulties

Timothy is very good at what he does! He is structured on how to get thinking about my issues and is very thought provoking. Responsiveness and kindness makes me feel like he really cares!

Written by N.A. on Apr 18, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I am very satisfied with the level or responsiveness and care I have received.

Written by D.A. on Apr 13, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, anger management, and coaching

Very kind, understanding, and knowledgeable. He is easy to share with.

Written by J.E. on Apr 10, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

He is great, very easy to talk to and helpful.

Written by P.R. on Mar 22, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Tim seemed to understand what I was going through right away. With his help and suggestions of how to begin addressing mindsets that have been affecting my behavior in a negative way, I saw immediate improvement in my general mood and confidence.

Written by J.E. on Mar 09, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

Timothy is a great listener, very responsive, and most importantly doesn't make me feel like he's sticking to a script and treating me like the next patient but rather guiding me with advice that works for my individual needs.

Written by D.A. on Feb 09, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Tim's counseling is a breath of fresh air. I feel like I have an ally and brother in arms. He is heartfelt, frank and makes me feel like I am uniquely important every step of the way.

Written by S.T. on Jan 17, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, anger management, and career difficulties

I have only been with better help for a few weeks and just had my first video session with Timothy. I feel very good about my decision to join BetterHelp after today. He has a lot of really helpful ideas and a clear path on where my sessions should be focused. I really want therapy to work for me and he recognizes that and uses that as a tool. I'm very impressed with his input and his ability to put things into perspective and it has made me very hopeful.

Written by D.. on Jan 14, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Tim is a great guy.

Written by S.H. on Jan 11, 2019 after therapy with Timothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Tim is very good, he helped me spot right away what I needed help with.
He can be very funny, but also caring and to the point when I need it.
He has taught me a lot about why I do the things I do in a short period of time.
Don't know what I'd do without him.