Dr. Annee Ackerman
 
Effective therapy requires all of the obvious things: an open mind, hard work, and a gradually developing relationship with a trusted therapist. But with these ingredients in place, therapy can be a transformative experience like no other: one that yields a rich capacity for self-understanding, acceptance, and the ability to connect more intimately with the people that you love.
 
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          Annee Ackerman, Ph.D.

The overarching goal of treatment, as I see it, is to establish and expand the realm of safety and trust. We all strive to feel comfortable in our skin, worthy and capable of giving and receiving love, and effective in making our own particular mark upon the world. So often, the obstacles to achieving these things are rooted in painful past experiences and the conclusions that we’ve drawn about ourselves, or the world, based on those hurtful moments. Most of the time, these assumptions have been with us for so long that we do not even realize they’re there, influencing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  

I help my clients to locate these assumptions at their root, and revisit these old hurts in a safe, collaborative way. Ultimately, there is great freedom and relief to be found in turning toward what we would rather push away. And, often, the thing most feared isn’t as frightening when it is confronted.

In addition to the areas of focus listed below, I also specialize in the struggles that new moms and dads face in parenting an infant, including postpartum depression and anxiety. If you are a new mom or dad—even the second or third time around—and having challenges, therapy can help.

 

Areas of Focus

 
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Esteem

  • Worry and Stress

  • Grief

  • Trauma

  • Eating Disorders

  • Relationship Issues
  • Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Development
  • Increased Self-Understanding
  • Gender Identity Exploration