Elizabeth Anderson,LICSW, EFT Certified Therapist

Elizabeth Anderson,LICSW, EFT Certified Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical social work
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies


678 Massachusetts Ave, 8th floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

My Approach to Helping

I am a seasoned couples therapist. Although I see many individual clients, individual growth and change are also part of good couples therapy. My primary orientation in couples work is based on adult attachment research using Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples. EFT offers a road map for transforming relationships from distant or conflictual to safe, secure, and bonded. EFT helps couples see how they become caught in vicious, negative cycles they perpetually reinforce. The goal is to break the cycle and to uncover unacknowledged fears, longings and needs. The first stage of EFT is about de-escalating conflict. In the second stage of the work the focus is on restructuring the couple's bond with each other. In the third stage, couples work to consolidate the secure base they have begun to experience. Additionally, I draw from a vast body of research on couples and on divorce to guide my work.

Many couples see me for premarital therapy or before making a transition to live together. Preparation for marriage is empowering and can help couples avoid common relational traps and patterns before problems solidify and threaten the attachment bond. On the other end of the spectrum, when couples are on the threshold of divorce but are not certain it's the right step, they may need a space to slow the process down. Meeting 3-6 times, together and separately, I help couples navigate this ambiguity and confusion. This process can help couples begin a trial of couples therapy with a renewed commitment. Sometimes the process helps couples face the inevitability of break up so they can begin the divorce process with greater steadiness. When divorce is inevitable, sometimes a period of contained meetings with a therapist can reduce the conflict between separating partners. This process is carefully managed by the therapist to reduce blaming and attacking. The separating couple can proceed in a way that honors the good parts of their history and that gives them tools they can take into future relationships. When children are involved, this process helps their new limited partnership as co-parents.

I love what I do and have spent many years developing as a psychotherapist. I am active, relational, open and practical. I've trained broadly because recent innovations in psychotherapy are exciting: they enhance what therapists can do to alleviate suffering and to support emotional healing. In practice for over 30 years, I believe effective psychotherapy goes beyond talking about feelings and gaining insight into behavior. Although I appreciate and use psychodynamic and family systems theories to understand psychological trauma, I have found that newer experiential and relational therapy models help people connect to core emotions and parts of the self that are often blocked or misunderstood. Usually they are hidden from awareness. As the capacity for accessing emotions increases and therapist and client process those emotions, people begin to grow stronger: the past no longer determines future behavior, emotional states or relationships.

More Info About My Practice

I am currently doing both tele-health and a limited number of in-person meetings.

I accept PPOs, indemnity plans, and out-of-network insurance plans. If you have out of network benefits, I can provide a detailed invoice that can be submitted for reimbursement to your insurance company on a monthly or even weekly basis. I generally discuss fees during the first visit. If you have financial concerns about the cost of psychotherapy, please speak to me. I have a sliding fee scale for those whose financial constraints merit a fee reduction.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years. I've trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Gottman Couples Therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) and ISTDP(Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy)

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • Portuguese

Groups I Work With

    I am a certified EFT couples therapist. I also see individual adults and families. I see people in various stages of relationship separation, through divorce or remarriage. When appropriate, I coach people through job crises or transitions.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Psychodynamic

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