anna holtzman, mhc-lp

Before embarking on my path as a therapist, I spent 15 years working in television and publishing, telling other people's stories. Now my passion is empowering people to take authorship of their own story.

While working as a video editor on reality TV shows like Teen Mom, MTV’s MADE, Black Ink Crew and many others, I became aware of parallels in media production, labor practices and my personal life that all drew on larger cultural forces of identity, politics and power systems. This awareness spurred me to shift my focus from media to activism and personal transformation.

Within the TV industry, I became vocal in advocating for fair labor practices and for accountability and change concerning the identity-based stereotypes that many reality shows exploit and perpetuate. This work served as a valuable education in interpersonal power dynamics.

Simultaneously, shifts in my personal life were unfolding with the support of several wonderful somatically-informed therapists and teachers. As my awareness began to transform, so did my relationships - with people, with work and with myself. Eventually, I decided to shift my energies from activism in the media industry to supporting others on the path to self-discovery.

This journey continues to challenge and inspire me. My clients and life experience continue to teach and surprise me.


  • NYU Steinhardt, MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

  • Barnard College, BA with a major in Architecture

  • Amherst College


  • Somatic Experiencing, SETI, Intermediate Level

  • Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit, with Brigit Viksnins

  • Certified Professional Coach, Coaching for Transformation with Leadership that Works

  • Nonviolent Communication training with Dian Killian and Martha Lasley


  • Private practice since 2016.

  • Clinical Internship: The Bridge NY, Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment, 2018-19.

  • Co-Director of Education and Advocacy for The Editors Collective, 2013-16.

  • Editor for Film & TV, 2006-16.

  • Magazine Editor and Journalist, 2002-6.



Interested in working together? Have questions? I'd love to hear from you at or (646) 439-0432.

I offer in-person therapy sessions in Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan. Career coaching is also available by phone or video chat.