Dr. Anna Hoffman
My Therapeutic Approach
I am a therapist in California and Wisconsin committed to helping women change their relationship to painful emotions. All too often, people are told to keep feelings like sadness, fear, anger, and shame to themselves. For women especially, when we share our experiences of pain, we risk being seen as too sensitive and denied our experience of reality. Many of us learn, then, to mistrust and suppress difficult emotions, which can make them all the more overwhelming and confusing.
Emotions, however, are wise: they tell us what we want and what we need. They motivate us to take action, and help us foster connection with others. When we allow them to provide direction in this way, we can heal from painful experiences in our past and navigate the present with more clarity and ease.
My clients often seek therapy for concerns related to family, romantic
life transitions, or perinatal depression and anxiety. I tailor my approach to each client individually, drawing on insights and interventions from Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), feminist therapy, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Just as important, however, is my emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, which I ground in warmth, compassion, and collaboration.
There is incredible healing power in feeling seen, accepted, and supported through life’s challenges. If you are interested in working together toward your wellbeing, please schedule a free initial consultation.
relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, body image, major
California licensed psychologist (PSY31059)
Wisconsin licensed psychologist (3784-57)
Doctor of Counseling Psychology
University of Iowa (APA-accredited)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center (APA-accredited)
Mount Saint Mary's University Counseling and Psychological Services
Certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Support International
Level 1 Certification in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy