Anush Hansen, MA, MS, LPC-c, CCC
Life is hard and everyone can use help and support sometimes. Even with careful plans in place, your life path may wind up being a meandering road full of unexpected choices and detours, rather than a straight, predictable line. I am here to help you navigate through, and support you in discovering the path that's true to who you are.
I’ve been there and I get it! I get that life can be complicated and messy, and that sometimes we have to wait for, and we get off track from, what we want for ourselves. But I also get that it's important to feel good about the work you do, and that it's possible to have a career and a life you love.
I would love to help you get there.
A little bit about my own path...
After about 10 years in the public health research field, it was clear to me that I wanted something very different for my career. Although I was working on important projects with wonderful colleagues, I wanted to help people with their struggles and goals directly and in-person, rather than researching people and problems from a distance. I knew I was naturally empathetic, a good listener, and cared deeply about helping others succeed. I went back to school to get my counseling degree, with the intention of diving in and becoming a full-time counselor upon graduation. I worked as a counselor in college and community mental health settings, and I seemed to be on track.
However, life had other plans for me. I was overwhelmed with and anxious about how to manage all my competing life roles and responsibilities while starting a new career in counseling. Despite knowing there was more out there for me and that I was settling for something I didn’t really want, I retreated back to my research job because it was familiar, flexible, secure, and predictable. This worked okay for a few years and was what I needed to do at the time. But then I started getting restless, frustrated, and burnt out.
When it came down to it, I was pretty miserable.
Going into work each day became a chore - something I dreaded. My dread became resentment, and seeped into my personal life. It impacted the kind of mother, spouse, daughter, and sibling I was. It affected my physical and emotional health. It made me question my self-worth. Deep down, I knew I had to make a change.
It took some time, a lot of work, and plenty of set-backs, but I was able to find my way back to working as a mental health and career counselor in my own private practice. Now I am doing work that I genuinely love. It's work that allows me to tap into my natural strengths and be who I am.
I’m no longer forcing myself to fit into a career that isn’t right for me. I feel proud and excited about the work I'm doing, and look forward to going into work each day. I'm a better parent and spouse because of it. I have the energy to take care of myself, and have healthier boundaries between my career and the rest of my life. I have rediscovered the things about myself that make me…me.
I share my story here because I want you to know that I get it. I really do.
And I'm here for you.
Being a counselor and a support for others is part of who I am, and is what I love to do. By learning about how you experience the world, how you value and see yourself, what you're struggling with, and how you approach your goals and dreams, we will work together to help you move forward.
When working with you, I will bring empathy and compassion, a healthy sense of humor, and the knowledge I've gained through my training, education, and experiences. I will listen carefully, be fully present, and hold space for you. I will ask you hard questions. I will likely nudge you to step out of your comfort zone to help you interrupt patterns that aren't working, and move you closer to where you want to be. Counseling, by nature, is a journey of guided self-discovery and change. It is a privilege to be that guide.
I look forward to working with you!
My experience and training:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-c) in the state of Maine, as well as a Certified Career Counselor, credentialed through the National Career Development Association.
I received my master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. Upon completing my degree, I worked as a counselor at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Counseling Center, and Seacoast Mental Health Center.
In addition to my counseling degree, I received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. I have worked as a public health researcher and program evaluator at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Vermont.
I am a member of the Maine Career Development Association, the American Counseling Association and the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.