Jim Anderson, MFT 


Jim Anderson holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice in Temecula California.  He has created Music Assisted Psychotherapy Programs for Childhelp Group Homes, has designed Rhythm Meditation Workshops for West Coast Treatment Center, Southern California Addiction Center and has Authored Funded Grant Proposals at the City, State and Federal level in his work with “at-risk” youth.

In addition, Jim’s work has been featured in DRUM Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine, and 21st Century Drummer Magazine.  His Collective Drumming Program made the Orange County News Channel and was featured on the front page of the Orange County Register.  



Jim began teaching drum lessons professionally at age 18, teaching hundreds of kids private drum lessons at Jim's Music, Fullerton Music and Pete's Music- all in Orange County California.  Beautiful opportunities show up when the right energy is present. He wasn’t looking for students or a job. It was his enthusiasm, passion and love of drumming that drew people to ask one simple question, “Can you teach me how to do that too’?  


He began his formal musical training as a Drummer/Musician - earning his AA in Music Education from Fullerton College in the early 1980’s.  At the age of 23 he took a break from school when an opportunity came up to tour Japan playing drums with Robert Palmer's Band. From there he moved to Western Europe playing with a variety of performance groups, living in the Netherlands for two years including Candy Dulfer, Jan Ackerman and Jan Cooper.  It was during this time period that Jim also became interested in psychology.  


Once back in Southern California, Jim’s interest in psychotherapy continued to grow.  In 1991 Jim attended California State University Fullerton, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Human services and his Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1996.  His Master’s Thesis, “The Psychophysiological Implications of Rhythm in Human Behavior” ties together his love for music, rhythm and psychology.


Jim continues to utilize music and the creative arts both personally and in his private practice to this day.  

“Drumming and music has always been my life path;

the ultimate emotional reset button”!  

                                               Jim Anderson, MFT