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Counselor aims to make a difference

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Cynthia Anderson LPC

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Licensed counselor Cynthia Anderson designed and decorated the offices of Life Coaching Therapies to provide a calm oasis for her clients. Her logo represents the spiral upward to better health they experience under her guidance.

Cynthia Anderson has been a licensed counselor for 20 years. During those years, she worked with children in public schools and with clients of all ages at a mental health facility. When she reached that "retirement window" for Texas educators, she felt ready to try a new challenge. As a result, Anderson has developed Life Coaching Therapies here in Bandera.
Building on her counseling experience and training, this private practice offers a wide range of counseling services, including psychotherapy, play therapy and life coaching.
Building her own business has been an exciting challenge for Anderson.
"I learned how to set up a website, how to start a small business, design my logo and create my office," she said. "It's been a great learning experience for me."
Anderson specializes in play therapy for children. One of her techniques is the use of a sand tray that allows clients to play freely, use their imagination, and open up to their emotions. "It helps children know and accept themselves, learn how to express themselves and have some control," said Anderson. "All kids like to play." The sand tray is totally non-threatening. She even uses it for adult counseling sessions.
Psychotherapy is talk therapy, Anderson explained. "It helps people gain insights into their emotions and improve their mental health." This technique is used for individuals, groups, families and couples.
The amount of time spent in therapy will vary with the client's needs and progress. Anderson accepts most major health insurance and Medicaid.
Life coaching affords another way Anderson helps her clients. "Life coaching is private pay and there is no diagnosis (as in her other forms of therapy)." Clients can sign up for life coaching to help them set goals and achieve them. She can guide them through career changes or work on growth in spiritual, physical or financial areas. "It's all about asking the right questions. The aim of the life coach is to ask liberating questions."
Why set up this counseling business in Bandera at this time? "I think it fills a need in the community," she said. A number of local counselors have retired or are thinking about doing it soon. In addition, Anderson said, "I have always had a desire to help people. I want to make a difference."
Anderson holds a bachelor's degree from Texas State University with a major in guidance studies, a master's degree in counseling from the University of Houston system, and holds a Licensed Professional Counselor license from the State of Texas. She is a member of the Texas Hill Country Counselors Association and was at one time president of the organization.
Anderson trained at the world renowned Play Therapy Summer Institute at the University of North Texas for many years. In 2010, she was awarded a research grant for a play therapy project in Austin.
Prior to living in Bandera, she worked as a clinical therapist for a mental health facility where she conducted cognitive and processing groups, individual sessions, family counseling and gerontological psychotherapy.
Anderson says her services can help "people of all ages through life's challenges. whether it be grief, depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, trauma, anger issues, attention deficits, abuse recovery, mental health support, addiction, relational difficulties, Asperger's syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and more."
Life Coaching Therapies is located at 503 Ninth Street, on the corner of Hackberry and Ninth in Bandera. Contact Anderson at 830-796-8488 or to set an appointment.
Hours for meeting with clients are set Monday through Friday after school and into the evening, so there's no need to miss school or work to benefit from her services.
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