Psychologist - Consultant - Family Therapist


Recognized internationally as a leader in the development of a postmodern collaborative approach to psychotherapy, Dr. Anderson has applied her collaborative approach to organizations, communities, education, research and consultation. A sought-after speaker, consultant, and trainer, she uses her tools—her insights, her keen interest, her engaging conversational style, her leadership skills--to help and inspire individuals and organizations to achieve clarity, focus, renewed energy, and often surprising results.

Widely published, her books which have been translated into several languages include Conversations, Language and Possibilities and coedited Appreciative Organizations, Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference and Innovations in the Reflecting Process. Dr. Anderson is a cofounder and on the boards of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and Access Success International; she is the founding editor of the International Journal of Collaborative Practices and the International Certificate in Collaborative Practices program.

Harlene Anderson holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed professional counselor and family therapist. She is an Advisor for the Taos Institute Doctoral Programs and an Associate of the Silver Fox Advisors. She is the recipient of the 2008 American Academy of Family Therapy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, the 2000 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy award for Outstanding Contributions to Marriage and Family Therapy, and the 1997 Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy award for Lifetime Achievement.

Listen, Hear, Speak

Over the years I have sustained an interest in client voices and the importance of the expertise they bring to therapy (Anderson & Goolishian, 1992). This interest came from my clinical experiences and in what I refer to as a collection of assumptions related to social construction theory and postmodern philosophy. Clinically, I was curious about clients’ experiences and descriptions of successful and unsuccessful therapy: the process of the therapy and the relationship with the therapist (Anderson, 1997).


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