|Kevin Anderson, Ph.D.|
4609 Glendale Ave (inside Glendale Presbyterian Church) View Map
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: (419) 261-1856 or (419) 861-22
I provide psychotherapy and coaching services for individuals, couples, and families. I work primarily with adults and older adolescents. I usually see younger patients in the context of family therapy. About half of my work is with couples.
I have become known for my interest in helping clients pursue both personal and spiritual growth. Many of my clients are willing to travel from significant distances for this perspective. Though my own spiritual tradition is Christian, I work with couples of various faith backgrounds. I also work with couples who have little awareness of or interest in spirituality. By “spiritual” I mean pertaining to questions such as: What is sacred to me? What is the purpose of my life? How can I live more authentically? How can I live less from my small self (ego) and more from a larger Self (compassionate, forgiving, authentic)? With problems such as low self-esteem or a sense of unlovability, I work with clients to remember their original sacredness that remains under layers of self-doubt, criticism, comparison, abuse, etc.
I tell clients that I have come to distrust the power of a few sessions of psychotherapy to address the multiple difficulties of human life. Sometimes people need just a little help on a very focused problem, but more often I orient people to the need to develop daily practices that allow the changes we discuss to have long-term staying power.
My passion for helping couples led me to write The 7 Spiritual Practices of Marriage (CLB Press, 2005). Before and after the publication of that book, I have spoken locally, regionally, and around the country about marriage. My approach to working with couples begins with avoiding one of the most common errors in couples therapy: allowing couples to dominate the session with their conflict and turn the therapist into a referee. My job as the therapist is to teach new ways of thinking, communicating, and behaving, not simply to hear about the couple’s most recent conflict or to allow people to persist in the perception that the problems in their relationship are due mostly to their partner. I do generally collect information about each person’s family background, but the emphasis is on committing to daily practice that have the power to transform oneself into a more loving partner.
I expect a lot from clients but try to walk the talk in my own life. I meet five days per week with my wife to practice mindfulness meditation and to communicate about our life together. Though I have lots of training, expertise, and experience in mental health and psychotherapy, I am a person in process who requires daily practice to keep growing in a positive direction.
While I make use of many clinical theories and techniques, my greatest emphasis is on creating a relationship with a client that is trusting, open, and healing. I have always considered it a great privilege to do work that allows me to come to know people in such a special way.
My Master’s and Ph.D. in psychology are from the Ohio State University. Before that I studied chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, dropped out to join the Jesuit seminary, left that, then completed a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Toledo, where I discovered my love of psychology. I enjoy working with college age students who are confused about their life direction in part because it took me a number of years to sort that out myself. My master’s thesis was in career psychology. While at Ohio State I did individual and group counseling at the University Counseling and Consultation Center and at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic. My internship was at the Veterans Administration Highland Drive Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where I did rotations in psychiatric inpatient care, substance abuse, behavioral medicine, and outpatient therapy.
After Ohio State I worked as Director of Treatment at a mental health agency’s school-based center for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance and/or severe behavioral handicaps (SBH). After two years, I was promoted to be the Executive Director of that mental health agency (Cummings Zucker) which served 5000 distressed patients/families in the area. Our many services included groups for victims of sexual abuse and groups for sex offenders. After merging Cummings Zucker with another mental health center, I became a consulting psychologist and authored a Clinical Guidelines Manual that summarized best practices in mental healthcare. That manual sold throughout the United States and in fifteen other countries.
I was licensed as a psychologist in 1991 and have been doing full-time private practice since 1995. Recently, I have begun to expand into offering coaching services. What I do with coaching clients overlaps with what I do in therapy, but coaching clients generally think of it as a longer-term relationship that does not require an emotional or life crisis.
I see clients between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, except in cases of life threatening emergencies. I still take Paramount insurance, but the majority of my therapy and coaching clients do not use insurance. I have gone to this model because what I do in therapy/coaching does not fit well with the “diagnose and treat” medical model. Working in this way allows me to see fewer clients per week, to stay focused on the direct work with people (instead of insurance paperwork), and avoid the mixed energy I used to feel in not getting paid for a substantial percentage of my work.
I enjoy most sports, camping/hiking, playing guitar, cooking, and chess. My wife and I have been married 28 years and have five children.
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