Shari Anderson, MMFTMasters of Marriage & Family Therapy
ME AS A PERSON
Hey there! I’m Shari, and my pronouns are she/her. I made the move from the Windy City (Chicago) to Music City in 2021 to attend Lipscomb University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. When I’m not in therapist mode, I enjoy cooking, traveling, finding new restaurants to try, concerts, reading, karaoke, and a good Netflix binge! I also love spending time with family, friends and my schnauzer/terrier mix, Onyx.
As a therapist, I strive to provide a space where you can be seen, heard, honored, and supported in your growth, no matter what that looks like for you. I work collaboratively with you, showing up as a cheerleader when you need motivation, a coach when you need tough love or a nudge to step outside of your comfort zone, and a teacher when you are seeking to understand your patterns and cycles. I’m so glad you’re here and I look forward to working with you as you aspire to make choices that honor you and allow you to flourish in life.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH IS:
Life transitions can have you feeling all the things – overwhelmed, scared, angry, sad, and frustrated. Trying to accept and adjust to these changes can be tough to handle on your own. My passion is helping individuals, couples and families navigate life’s toughest moments. While supporting you as you seek to figure out your next step, manage relational conflict or make a life-changing decision, the ultimate goal is to empower you to make decisions that will honor you and allow both you and your relationships to thrive. This is done by helping you identify your challenges and your strengths while guiding you on a course to heal, grow and move forward.
My areas of clinical interest include life transitions, relationship issues, couple/family conflict, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-worth, trauma, and women’s issues. I have a special interest in working with divorcees, blended families and couples trying to decide next steps through discernment counseling. I practice an integrative, evidence-based approach to therapy that includes Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution Focused, Bowen, Restoration and Gottman interventions.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Radio & Television Production from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University. I am currently practicing under a temp license and under the supervision of Cadey Phipps, LMFT (license #1348). Additionally, I have completed Level 1 training in Gottman Couples Therapy.
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)