A Window of Hope Counseling Center is dedicated to a tradition of excellence in treating the needs of clients throughout Northeast Colorado.  Beginning as Harold W. Anderson, LLC., Dr. Anderson changed the name when he began supervising students.  As an educator, Dr. Anderson understands the importance of the mentoring experience supervision brings, and personalizes the experience to establish proficiency that is dedicated not only to competencies in understanding counseling theory, but in the care of people’s mental health needs.

Dr. Anderson has developed a practice that addresses a wide range of issues dealing with most age groups.  He is the Mental Health Consultant for both Brush UMC Head Start and the Fort Morgan Head Start/CPP programs.  As such, people working with Dr. Anderson have an interesting opportunity to work with children and their families in a multicultural context.  This gives students the opportunity to do play therapy, address behavioral needs within an educational context, work with families and speak to staff and parent groups about mental health issues.  He also works closely with Rural Solutions and their “Life Source Project,” a project dedicated to helping youth who are at risk because of suicidal ideation.

A good part of Dr. Anderson’s practice is also comprised of working with families and couples.  For those pursuing a license in marriage and family therapy, this provides an excellent opportunity to draw upon Dr. Anderson’s expertise in working with these populations while developing their own competencies in this area.  For those who are looking to become a licensed professional counselor, it is an excellent opportunity to understand the dynamics of a systemic perspective.

In addition, Dr. Anderson’s practice does much of the work for the DA’s Victim’s Advocacy program.  This means working with women and men who have been involved in domestic violence as well as their children.  It also means working with abused children and their parents.  While these are delicate and sensitive issues that take a great deal of empathy, they are also windows into the traumatized minds of people who search desperately for release from the pain of their trauma.  This affords students unique opportunities to help those who suffer from the traumatic scares of abuse.

A more recent development is the move into addiction issues.  Dr. Anderson has been addressing addiction issues throughout much of his practice, but now is working to more fully develop this side of his work.  This means not only the supervision of those pursing their certifications of addiction counseling, but the opportunity for students to more fully understand the challenges of addiction and work  with clients in a group setting.

Finally, Dr. Anderson’s doctoral dissertation addresses the challenges of what he calls “digital ontology” and living an ethical lifestyle in a computerized society.  To do this, he found it necessary to more fully understand how systems theory affects our notions of ethical agency and how the computer world’s propensity to erase and rearrange boundaries affects not only our notion of self, but family and social structures as well.  This work dovetails nicely with mental health issues, especially from a systems perspective.  In more than 90% of his cases, Dr. Anderson has discovered that digital ontology has dramatically influenced the way that people relate to each other and in many cases, has created relational crisis for couples and families.  The parts of the digital world that create strain upon relationships, Dr. Anderson calls “digital mischief,” and he incorporates his work in digital ontology to address these issues.  The result is that students who work with Dr. Anderson are on the cutting edge in understanding how our computerized world not only creates challenges to the structures of relationships, but how it must also be embraced if people in today’s world are to find solutions to their issues.

Out of all of this, Dr. Anderson has developed an eclectic approach that is based upon several types of therapeutic theories.  According to Dr. Anderson, digital ontology is a postmodern phenomenon and makes its boundary-shifting characteristics difficult to ignore in therapy.  As a result, he has drawn upon a number of therapeutic theories to facilitate his work including contructivist approaches, narrative therapy, structuralism, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and most recently dialectical behavior therapy, which is an interesting way of bringing together the insights of a systems view of therapy, mindfulness and CBT.

Dr. Anderson is looking to work with students doing their practicum in an accredited counseling or family therapy program, or for those who need supervision for their post-graduate residency work.  He also supervises those who are working towards their Certificate of Addiction Counseling.  If you would be interested in working with Dr. Anderson, please email your resume, a copy of your transcript and a brief summary of your counseling/therapeutic interests to hwanderson@q.com, or call Dr. Anderson at 970-380-1160 to schedule an introductory interview.

Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT, CAC III has a rich background of experience ranging from university instructor to United Methodist Minister. He has taught in the areas of religion, philosophy and lectured throughout Colorado on mental health issues. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and supervises people working towards their LPC, LMFT, and CAC. To read more about Dr. Anderson, click here.
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