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Short Bio:

Karen C.L. Anderson helps women take a compassionate look at the troubled relationships they have with their mothers and/or daughters and guides them to reveal patterns, heal shame, and transform legacies. She is the author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters, A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration (March 2018) and the upcoming guided journal, The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal: A Guide For Revealing & Healing Toxic Generational Patterns (January, 2020).

“How we choose to heal individually is how we will heal collectively.”

Medium Bio:

Through her books and other writings, Karen C.L. Anderson helps women take a compassionate look at the troubled relationships they have with their mothers and/or daughters and guides them to reveal patterns, heal shame, and transform legacies.

She is the author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters, A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration (March 2018) and the upcoming guided journal, The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal: A Guide For Revealing and Healing Toxic Generational Patterns (January, 2020). Be on the look out for Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Journal Prompts & Practices for Disarming Your Inner Critic & Allowing Creativity To Flow coming in the spring of 2020.

Karen also runs occasional programs and workshops and is at work on a memoir, A Letter To The Daughter I Chose Not To Have.

She lives in Southeastern Connecticut with her husband and their two cats. 

“My mission is to help women gain autonomy and control over their own lives, fostering power in them, for use in their own lives, and with their children, families, and in their communities. This is the work I get to do.”

Long Bio:

Karen C.L. Anderson is a writer, author, and master-certified life coach who helps women take a compassionate look at the troubled relationships they have with their mothers and/or daughters and guides them to reveal patterns, heal shame, and transform legacies. 

She is the author of:

  • After (The Before & After) (2011)
  • The Peaceful Daughter’s Guide To Separating From A Difficult Mother (2015…no longer available, see next book)
  • Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters, A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration (March 2018)
  • The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal: A Guide For Revealing and Healing Toxic Generational Patterns (January, 2020)
  • Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Journal Prompts & Practices for Disarming Your Inner Critic & Allowing Creativity To Flow (Spring 2020)

Karen runs occasional programs and workshops and is at work on a memoir, A Letter To The Daughter I Chose Not To Have.

Prior to all of that? Karen spent seven years as a freelance writer and before that, 17 years trying to fit her right-brained self into a left-brained career as a trade magazine journalist in the field of plastics (and if she had a dime for every time someone mentioned that line from The Graduate…).

Karen and her husband Tim Anderson (a left-brained engineer) live on the Southeastern Connecticut shoreline with two cats, Bella and Starla. She is proudly child-free by choice, has three stepchildren, and now gets to be Booboo to her stepchildren’s children. 

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 Things I like to talk about

 

  • Healthy boundaries: this is a topic that is often understood because it’s approached from a place of defensiveness and a belief that you need to be protected. And while that may be the case in some situations, the vast majority of the time, we’re setting boundaries in an effort to control other people’s behavior.

  • Why using words like “toxic” and “narcissistic” might be keeping you disempowered and stuck: while identifying and understanding our mothers’ or daughters’ issues is helpful in being able to provide context for pathology, it doesn’t always give us a path forward. It can actually limit our growth and potential. It can be a relief to have an explanation, but it can also validate us in feeling angry, sad, bitter, disappointed, and reactive.
  • Being childless by choice, abortion, women’s health and bodily autonomy
  • The micro/macro: how patriarchy, white supremacy, and misogyny inform difficult mother-daughter relationships. This is often called the Mother Wound: the pain of being a woman in cultures and societies that do not value women equally, which gets passed down from generation to generation.

  • How to tell the truth, stand on your story, and write about sensitive topics like difficult mother-daughter relationships without throwing anyone under the bus.

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