Anna Edwards, MFT, who specializes in Couples Therapy utilizes Gottman Method in order to improve communication, diffuse conflict, and increase empathy within a couples’ relationship. For Family Therapy, she often uses family systems therapy in order to help each family member increase their differentiation of self. When working with couples and families, Anna believes in the power of communication and believes that with proper communication comes positive progress. Anna’s work and personal experience allow her to assess all families, beyond so called “nuclear” or “normative” standards, and she analyzes said groups based on their specific style of communication, affection, cultural interaction, and dynamics to make each individual family find their own comfortable, stable, and sustainable relationships within their family. This understanding and inclusive approach helps clients to not conform to any standard of family that one may feel they have to live up to, rather let the clients define their own home and family based on what they or their loved ones may need.
Anna’s neuroscience background allows her to aid clients in understanding the fundamental molecular factors in mental disorders as well as the best forms of treatment for each disorder. Through the use of psychoeducation, Anna has helped her clients to better understand what may be occurring on a neurological and biological level, which has shown to be effective in helping the client understand that mental health can improve with the right treatment. Anna has experience in working with clients with a range of treatment needs such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, substance use disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and autism.
She also has experience in working with clients of all ages and has had training in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy Her background experience has given her the opportunity to work with adolescent children in dealing with trauma, anxiety, and depression. She utilized trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy when working with these adolescents and assisted them in the development of coping skills and emotion regulation techniques.
Anna has used a Person-Centered trauma informed approach that is grounded in the belief that each person, couple, and family is different and all have a different set of therapeutic needs and goals. She feels that each individual has the potential to meet their mental health goals and wants to help them achieve them by tailoring their treatment plan to best fit each client’s strengths and needs.
Education & Experience
Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Hobbies & Interests
Anna was born and raised in Pittsburgh and loves living in the city. For leisure she enjoys yoga, meditation, boxing, playing piano, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Anna has a mini-golden doodle named Coco whom she loves to take on walks in North Park!