How we heal individually is how we will heal collectively.

Karen C.L. Anderson


Karen C.L. Anderson is a master-certified life coach and author who has helped hundreds of smart, creative women use the difficult relationships they have with their mothers as a catalyst for growth. 

Author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration (March 2018); The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal (January 2020); and Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Journal Prompts & Practices For Disarming Your Inner Critic (June 2020), Karen incorporates story-telling, journaling, awareness tools, shadow work, and simple energy and somatic practices in her Mother Lode 1:1 mentorship program. Her approach is safe, fun, and effective.

Karen recognizes that what is possible personally is what is possible collectively, and that “the Mother Wound” is not actually about mothers, but about systems that oppress all women.

She understands the adage, “hurt people, hurt people,” while also acknowledging that cultivating compassion and empathy does not have to equal access and that healthy boundaries (up to and including going “no contact”) are at the heart of healing.

She was recently featured as a subject matter expert in the New York Times: Remember, It’s Okay To Set Boundaries!

In June 2020, Karen hosted a community project: The Mother Lode: A Conversation About Emotions, Power & Creativity. She invited 21 powerful and creative women to join her in answering this question: What did your mother teach you about emotions, power, and creativity? Their answers were inspiring, hopeful, and as diverse as the women themselves. You can read, watch, or listen to their contributions by clicking here and entering your name and email address.

Certifications & Education:

  • Certified Dare To Lead Trained Professional
  • Master Certified Coach, Life Coach School
  • Healthy Boundaries for Kind People coach and facilitator
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner (EFT Training For Trauma, Levels I + II)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Marist College


How to work with KAREN

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Read HER books

Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters

The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal

Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Prompts & Practices For Disarming Your Inner Critic

Born from her own experience and years of working with other women, Karen’s books include prompts and practices that will help you reveal and heal those dysfunctional patterns.

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Listen to HER podcast

Dear Adult Daughter (With The Emphasis On “Adult”)

A podcast for women who wish to use the difficult relationship they have their mothers as a catalyst for growth, creativity, empowerment, and wisdom.




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Hire karen to help you

Karen offers two 1:1 coaching programs: 

The 8-week Boundaries For Life Intensive is for women who want to “get it done” and set some healthy, mature  boundaries.

The six-month Mother Lode Mentorship is a deeper dive experience for women who want to transform the relationship they have with their mothers from being a source of pain into a source of wisdom and creativity.

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