“Being optimistic in difficult times takes courage. We will help find your ‘brave’.”
Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider
Masters of Science in Education, School Psychology
Dr. Anderson’s Specialties
- Children, Adolescents, and Parents
- Preschool Concerns
- Anxiety Disorders, Including Phobias, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Test Anxiety
- Learning Concerns (Including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dysnomia, Language Issues, Math Concerns/Dyscalculia and ADHD)
- Growth Mindsets
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Girls With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Teens With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
- Transgender Children, Adolescents, and Families
I have been a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist for over 20 years.
I started my work with children and families as a School Psychologist in 1993. I returned to school to receive my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997, specializing in Child and Adolescent work. After an accredited two-year Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Internship and Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, I worked as a Child Psychologist in a hospital setting in St. Cloud, Minnesota for a number of years.
I opened Hope Springs in 2009. I am very proud to be a small business owner, and of how Hope Springs continues to grow and flourish, offering high-quality mental health care to Coralville, Iowa City, and Eastern Iowa. I have supervised training in the supervision of Psychologists, and have provided that service to other Psychologists at different points in my career.
I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful children, teens, adults, and families. I am very proud of how many of my patients go on to do well and lead happy, successful lives.
Dr. Anderson’s Training as a Board Certified Clinical Child Psychologist
Here is a little about my training: I am a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology. This means that I have achieved a high degree of specialization in working with children and families. I am one of four psychologists in the state of Iowa who holds this distinction. I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed APA Accredited internship and postdoctoral training in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology. I also hold a Masters of Education degree in School Psychology. I pride myself as a life-long student, and try to learn something new every day.
Common Reasons Children Work with Dr Anderson.
Areas that I commonly works on with parents and children includes: academic concerns, learning concerns, depression, anxiety, relationships, behavior concerns, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, parenting, learning disabilities, coping with chronic Illness (stomachaches, headaches, pain), toileting concerns, self-esteem, grieving and healing after loss, sleep concerns, and school problems. I also work with children with tic disorders, and other life adjustment issues. I am supportive of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents and families. I have training and experience in working with transgender youth and gender affirming transitions.
Collaborative Relationships with Schools and Physicians
Together with you, the parent, I will work together with your child’s school and physician to help your child do the best s/he can. I have good relationships with many schools and clinics in Eastern Iowa.
Professional Psychological and Mental Health Organizations
I am a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Child and Adolescent Division, American Psychological Association Psychologists in Private Practice Division, American Psychological Association Media Science Division, Children and Adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorder (Professional Membership), and the American Autism Society.
I love to write about children, parenting, and mental health issues. In fact, I write a blog on this website, and publish a monthly newsletter for Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants. Also, I am a regular Twitter contributor @hopesbc. I have had recent publications in the Iowa City Press Citizen (Guest Opinion column on tornadoes, talking to children about suicide, and helping families recover from witnessing violence) and the Iowa City Mom’s Blog (on childhood stomachaches, back to school jitters and being the best parent we can be). I have a long history of journal publications and presentations to professionals, schools, and parents. Our blog was rated as one of the Top 25 Parenting Blogs by the Roots of Action Website in 2015 and 2016.
Dr. Anderson’s Media Consultation
I also provide interviews and information to various media sources, such as television and newspapers. Also, I have served as an expert for the Iowa City Press Citizen, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, KGAN Channel 2 News, and other web-based news platforms.
What is a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist?
Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists, like myself, are licensed psychologists. We have intense training in both clinical psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology. We also have special training in how children develop. We use this training to evaluate and treat children and adolescents.
In order to be Board Certified, I have also participated in advanced training and certification regarding child and adolescent psychology through an APA Accredited Internship and Postdoctoral experience. I also went through a rigorous examination process, both written and orally, in order to obtain this distinction. Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists help parents, teachers, and physicians to:
- Understand how childhood concerns and diagnoses relate to problems seen at school, home, or with peers
- Understand how a child learns best
- Understand why a child may have behavior problems
- Help a child deal with thinking or behavior problems
- Use empirically supported methods of treatment to work with children and families, such as Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Parent Management Training, and Interpersonal Therapy
- Help parents and teachers understand a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses
- Work with other doctors and teachers to develop the best treatment and school plan for a child