I help young adults stop struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings and find genuine happiness and purpose in life.
Psychologist in Tampa, FL
I specialize in two extremely challenging phases of life — early childhood and young adulthood. I am passionate about helping parents and college students overcome the stress, anxiety, and overwhelm that often exists during these times. I have specialized training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based treatment aimed at increasing happiness and decreasing anxiety and stress.
I work with women and young adults in college or early in their career who are experiencing panic, social anxiety, ADHD/attention problems, stress, and job burnout. Most young adults who come to work with me are used to doing it all (and doing it well) on their own. While each woman’s story is her own, it’s helpful to remember that she doesn’t have to go at it alone. That’s why I provide tailor made therapy for women to support the unique struggles common to many women's experiences.
If you’re a parent of a toddler or preschooler, you might be feeling stuck in the daily power struggles and lost in the sea of conflicting parenting information about what to do. If you're an expecting or new parent, you might be struggling to manage your own stress, anxiety, or sleep problems. It is not uncommon for me to hear parents say, “I love my child, but it’s hard, because everything’s a fight.” A strategy session may be all you need to recalibrate a starting point and find your footing.
My goal is to help you sleep and feel better soon. Treatment for insomnia can help improve your mood, your quality of life, and your sense of well-being. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the "gold standard" treatment for insomnia. Many of my clients begin to see significant improvements in their sleep quality within three to four sessions. Learn to sleep better from the comfort of your home anywhere in Florida!
ACT is an action-oriented approach that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior.
When children act out persistently so that it causes serious problems at home, in school, or with peers, they may be diagnosed with ODD. For younger children, the treatment with the strongest evidence is behavior therapy training for parents, where a therapist helps the parent learn effective ways to strengthen the parent-child relationship and respond to the child’s behavior. Dr. Edwards provides behavioral parent training online.
Many clients seek evaluations for ADHD, autism, learning disorders/dyslexia, personality and behavior disorders such as ODD and conduct disorder, developmental delay, giftedness, and emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.
CBT is a type of therapy that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These spontaneous negative thoughts have a detrimental influence on mood.
I work with parents of children who may have a learning, attention, or behavior disorder, struggle to complete classwork and homework, are fearful of certain situations, have sleep problems, have difficulty regulating emotions and self-control, experience separation anxiety at home and school, become easily frustrated or overwhelmed, or are stubborn and defiant with adults. I offer psychoeducational/psychological evaluations, child therapy, and parent support sessions.
Dr. Edwards specializes in attachment and positive parent-child relationships. She is certified in parent child interaction therapy, a highly effective evidence-based treatment for families of children with challenging behavior problems. She also works with parents to help them understand their child’s temperaments and unique personality, educate on child development, and empower them to become the best parent they choose to be.
I work with mothers and their families who are experiencing adjustment difficulties, may have a perinatal mood disorder, want to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety, struggle with infertility or grief and loss, feel disconnected from their infant, or are overwhelmed with parenting a toddler.