Dr. Bernard Anderson
During his thirty-five year career in Asia, the South Pacific, North America and Europe, Dr. Bernard Anderson has focused on promoting interpersonal communication and the development of practical life skills among diverse populations.
In the past several years, he has developed particular concerns for addressing the needs of individuals and families who are coping with addictions and/or abuse of substances. He is familiar with both 12-step models and harm reduction interventions, and he has a strong commitment to the processes of emotional and behavioral self-regulation. Dr. Anderson completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College, with an emphasis on mental health and addictions, during which he also completed a one-year internship working at an inpatient treatment center in the United States. Dr. Anderson uses the techniques of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in parallel with the stages of change model for behavior modification. The goal is to empower clients to make their own decisions for personal growth.
In addition to his Master's in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Swarthmore Colege in Pennsylvania, USA. He completed further studies at Harvard University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, and the University of London. He holds a Ph.D. in communications with Post-Graduate Certifications in Education and Media, and an additional Masters in Education.
His positions as consultant, teacher-trainer, media researcher, administrator, and university professor have led him to further studies and responsibilities in film journalism, educational policy and curriculum development, addictions treatment, and counseling across the lifespan.
Dr. Anderson draws upon a wide range of therapeutic approaches that he applies in a holistic assessment of client needs. These humanistic orientations emerge from graduate studies that have centered on stages of biopsychosocial development that parallel the moral-cognitive dimensions across cultures. His therapeutic emphasis encourages the conditions for creativity, autonomy, and self-actualization. These qualities are often facilitated by healing through centered spirituality, aesthetic experience, and the decision to forgive in order to let go of pain and resentment.
Dr. Anderson has participated in studies at the Jungian Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and was formative in the Unesco study on "learning Needs of Out-of-School Youth in Asia." He has worked and lived in the jungles of Papua, New Guinea as well as in the urban environments of Hong Kong, Nanchang, PRC, Boston, Portland, and London. He and his wife of thirty-three years have two grown sons who have continued their interests in education, media, music, nonverbal communication, and sojourning across cultural boundaries.
Dr. Anderson also offers a special emphasis on "Men's Work" for addressing self-esteem and self-care issues. Special concerns are for honoring each man's role as father or husband, healing of male survivors of sexual trauma, promoting a better understanding of identity, and exploring the male perspective on culturally-relevant models of healthy relationships.