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Crystal Anzalone, MS, LMHP, LPC, NCC

(402) 598-8511

Crystal creatively connects deeply with clients through understanding and acceptance. If you are seeking a safe place for self-discovery, a refuge during inner-healing of soul wounds of your past and resolution of current concerns, Crystal would like to meet with you. She believes, “People are not viewed as being ill, rather, as being sick of playing certain roles” and invites you to partner in discovering emotional wholeness. She specializes in: Marriage & Couples Counseling, Women’s Issues, Pastor’s and Spirituality.

Treatment Issues: Marital Issues, Codependency, Shame, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Dying and Death, Grief and Spiritual Issues, Attachment and Trauma, and Family Systems.

Education and Training: University of Nebraska at Omaha, MS, LMHP, LPC, NCC. Upon receiving her master's degree in Community Counseling from University of Nebraska at Omaha, Crystal joined Arbor Family Counseling and Associates. In August 2011 she moved into Private Practice at Crystal and Associates located 11919 Grant Street, Suite 201, Omaha, NE 68164 and maintains her relationship with Arbor Family Counseling as an Affiliate Partner.

Background: Fourteen years of ministry experience prepared Crystal to specialize in dealing with the spiritually wounded as well as understanding the needs of pastors and their wives. Her work at Crystal and Associates focuses primarily on marital counseling, women’s issues, family dynamics, loss and grief, codependency, anxiety and depression, emotional and communication mediation strategies, abuse, family of origin dysfunction, attachment issues, as well as empowerment to overcome and face shame. She is the founder of Ophthalmology for the Soul and has co-authored a workbook and devotional journal with the same title.

There is a common soul-slayer surfacing from the secret cavern in the heart of women; shame. If shame has been hiding in the heart, during the course of a woman’s life-cycle it has been taking its toll. It has been debilitating, devastating and destroying emotional wholeness; it is a soul cancer, and is untreatable until it is unearthed. Once shame has become internalized it becomes more potentially destructive because it continues to reverberate privately – even when there is no one externally present to ridicule or humiliate…Internalized shame is experienced as a seeping sense of badness, permeating the self with a toxic tide of self-censure and inferiority (Berecz & Helm, 1998, p. 7).

Spiritual Woundedness
The very institution where individuals seek rest for their souls, namely church, is a place where misconceptions can be bred inadvertently. Berecz and Helm (1998) support this claim, “This is probably not done knowingly or maliciously but, like surgeons of the pre-germ era, whose non-sterile instruments and unsanitary techniques infected the very patients they were trying to save, Christians sometime sabotage their own well-intended efforts to heal” (p. 6). There is a subtle pressure with idealistic expectation based upon sometimes erroneous application of scriptures. For some, upon religious conversion, a personal striving sets in to make change within the self to match the perceived ideal of God’s standard, yet an imposing and haunting realization of an unattainable goal undermines the psyche contributing to feelings of shame when there is not an immediate total change in the whole person (Leffel, 2007). –Crystal

Believing there is always something positive to be discovered through pain, Crystal's on-going, personal life’s journey, growth and development has garnered the optimism for counseling others imprisoned in their own pain and self-imposed limitations.

When asked to provide her theoretical approach, Crystal responded, “Neuroplasticity of the brain and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy beckon me.” Psychoanalysis has a special role in neuroplasticity, as this type of therapy leads to change in brain structure. (Buczynski and Doidge, 2012). The main goal of psychotherapy is to learn new, more productive, meaningful, fulfilling and symptom-free ways of relating to self and others. Creating new neural pathways allows Narrative Therapy to emerge resulting in a reauthoring of one’s life. Crystal also utilizes an evidence based Psychological Flexibility Model and as adjunct embraces Logotherapy.

Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function through mental experience (Buczynski & Doidge, 2012).
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an insight oriented therapy which explores the client’s inner world. Through joint forces the client and therapist discover the path that needs to be taken to increase the client’s consciousness in order to move toward psychological balance and wholeness. Although many of the issues that clients suffer have their roots in the distant past, the therapeutic approach practiced focuses primarily on the present and how these problems are manifest in the client's current life. We cannot undo the past but we can change the present, and it is in the present that psychotherapy is most effective. This process is utilized to bring relief and meaning to emotional suffering.
Narrative Therapy allows the client’s story to be told, giving voice, and rediscovering oneself through a different lens. Then, through reauthoring life by designing and writing new scripts can take place. This is the impetus where one can begin to realize and lay hold of the destiny they were created for as they work through the pain of the past.
Psychological Flexibility Model,through what has been coined a third wave in cognitive and behavioral therapies, Crystal utilizes an evidence-based Psychological Flexibility Model which explores distorted lenses and rigidity in thinking patterns (Hayes, 2005). Rigid thinking patterns can be replaced as new stories emerge allowing endless possibilities in transformation of emotional pain to living a life of meaning. In a practical sense, a way that a person approaches metacognition (thinking about what you are thinking about) can become the catalyst for new neural brain pathways to develop, eventually permitting one’s self to feel better emotionally (Leaf, 2007). It is an exhilarating endeavor to walk alongside those who are ready for self-discovery.
Logotherapy, Crystal has been inspired by Victor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning; Dr. Frankl outlines how he was able to survive his Holocaust experience. Frankl’s concept is based on the premise that the primary motivational force of an individual is to find meaning in life. With this approach we take seriously the human condition and have the freedom to incorporate techniques and tools from various approaches for creating purpose and meaning when life is not what we had hoped. It is a positive approach yet extremely realistic. It is said most poignantly in Man’s Search for Meaning: Frankl’s most enduring insight, one that I have called on often in my own life and in countless counseling situations: Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you (Frankl, 2006, p. x).

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS: Because making change takes a lot of hard work, the temptation to feel overwhelmed with epiphanies gained in-session is common. Insights can vanish quickly upon leaving a counseling session; what was discussed becomes a blur. There is so much to work through, a person can become bombarded with the old distortions (likely before leaving the parking lot) and it is difficult to recall what tools to use to exact the change necessary for growth. As addendum to your personal growth, creative workshops have been designed for those seeking an ongoing, organic, artistic environment with psychoeducational teachings, enhanced with activations in a supportive peer setting.

O for the Soul - Ophthalmology for the Soul has been coined as a new way to see life, trying on different lenses, both internally and externally. Until someone is able to experience a new way of visualizing, it is difficult to comprehend that it is possible to live differently. The workshop, workbook and accompanying journal explore varying types of lenses - on a continuum from extremely distorted to full clarity – and addresses, as well, how we accumulate our particular life-view lens filters.
O for the Soma – Soma is Greek for Body. We hide behind our Masks, our Body Masks – Soma Masks, like body armor. They are intriguing, yet when we take off our mask, there is another one, and then one more mask, and another, then another. In O for the Soma, we are not necessarily attempting to get down to the true self…although it can be exhilarating to be understood and accepted that deeply. More so, this workshop will allow you to notice what mask you find yourself wearing in certain situations. Perhaps you will discover you do not need to be attached to those masks any longer. And...when you are can be known as you truly are...and...find compassion...and... acceptance within.

Brief Curriculum Vitae: After 14 years of church ministry service, Crystal moved into the corporate world as a Key Account Manager for national consumer products companies. She served 10 years as principal of Recruiting Partners, Inc., a virtual recruiting company specializing in executive placement. Prior to transitioning into private practice at Crystal and Associates, she was part of the counseling team at Arbor Family Counseling and Associates. Her background combines the experience of both spiritual and corporate settings. In addition to individual, women’s, couple and family therapy, Crystal offers creative approaches utilizing artistic imagery to enhance education through metaphor.

Please do call 402-598-8511 or email for consultation or appointment, Crystal looks forward to meeting with you personally.

Berecz, J. M., & Helm, H. W. J. (1998). Shame: The underside of Christianity. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 17(1), 5-14.
Buczynski, R. & Doidge, N. (2012). Neuroplasticity: The possibilities and pitfalls.
Frankl, V. (2006). Man's search for meaning. Boston: Beacon Press.
Hayes, S. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Leaf, C. (2007). Who switched off my brain? Rivonia, South Africa: Switch On Your Brain Organisation PTY (Ltd.).
Leffel, G. M. (2007). Emotion and transformation in the relational spirituality paradigm part 1. Prospects and prescriptions for reconstructive dialogue. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 35(4), 263-280.


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