Timothy Anderson

(MS, LMFT)

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 - where 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, 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.

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, 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.

53 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) - 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
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #2900 (Expires: 2019-12-31)


Reviews

Written by G.A. on Oct 07, 2019 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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.