Create Meaning and Connection

Therapy For Real Life and Workshops For Real Life are here to help.

In-Person + Online Therapy:


Video counseling throughout California, Minnesota, Vermont, + Colorado.


In-person sessions in
South Minneapolis, MN ... 


           ... Coming soon!

Mindfulness Therapy to Deepen Relationships


* Couples + Relationships
* Turning Points
* Finding Joy After Trauma
* Connecting with Purpose 
* Acting on Values

Self-Care Workshops + Community Building

* Self-Care Pop-Ups
* Hopeful Keynotes

* Burnout Prevention
Hack-A-Thons + Trainings

* DBT Skills Groups

* Team Building Programs

* Mindfulness Retreats 

* Total Rewards / Retention


Therapy for Real Life + Workshops For Real Life


Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW, LICSW founded Therapy for Real Life + Workshops For Real Life to make burnout prevention and self-care concepts more accessible using creative means. 

Therapy For Real Life supports individuals and couples to adapt research-backed counseling skills into personalized strategies to protect an authentic expression of their values. Your therapy options include motivational enhancement strategies, Gottman Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness training, relationship coaching, and other trauma-informed counseling styles

Workshops For Real Life creates space for community and connection by curating engaging self-care learning experiences. Your facilitator models how to adapt research-backed mood-boosting skills into fun and accessible self-care using immersive learning techniques. Workshops For Real Life designs personalized Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thons, Self-Care Pop-Ups, and other curated mindfulness experiences to match the unique micro-culture of your team or company. 


The Therapy For Real Life Podcast is home to an evergreen archive of mindfulness skills and guest expert interviews to support your continued self-care practice. The podcast highlights research-backed self-care skills for everyday life, including a special series adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

You are an important part of creating spaces for meaning and connection.
Your self-care matters. 


Therapy For Real Life + Workshops For Real Life are here to help


Research-Backed Therapy Options

Gottman Relationship Therapy


The Gottman Method is a well researched and highly effective therapy designed to give couples the skills they need to build an authentic and meaningful relationship together. Your therapist offers a full assessment of your relationship strengths and challenges using the Gottman Relationship Check-Up to give you tailored feedback and recommendations. Your therapist then guides you through weekly skills coaching until you both feel confident in carrying your own practice forward. 

Specializing in:

  • Mindfulness in relationships (aka how to be less judgmental)
  • Non-traditional relationship structures, including ENM
  • Cross-cultural awareness and ways to interrupt bias
  • Complex identities, Allyship, LGBTQ+
  • Trauma, turning points, and other unexpected life events...


Dialectical Behavior Therapy


DBT invites you to define what "living a life worth living" means to you. Develop a personalized self-care plan using research-backed self-care strategies, including: mindfulness, stress management, mood regulation, and relationship repair skills. 

DBT has shown to be tremendously helpful with managing problems with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship stress, and in solidifying a sense of identity.


Trauma-Informed Options Available To Target PTSD and Complex Shame using DBT-PE

Radical Acceptance + Mindfulness Therapies


Learn practical mindfulness strategies to help you cope with life's most difficult moments, clarify personal priorities, and act on your values.  Draw from lessons in psychological flexibility to help you stay present and increase enjoyment in your life. Learn ways to accept your own feelings as a way of becoming more intimate with yourself and others. Make meaning in your life by attuning to what matters most to you. 

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You can be yourself here...


It is not uncommon for clients to tell me, "This is the first time I'm telling this to anyone..." 


I consider it a great honor to hold space for individuals to makes sense of difficult experiences and emotions, while also connecting with their greatest strengths and desires. I use well-researched therapy methods to help my clients boost coping during life's most stressful periods and transitions. Above all else, I prioritize my ability to listen, really listen, to my clients deepest desires and wishes to be who they really are.  


Tell me: What changes would you like to see in your life?


I'm here. 




"Anna has the intangible skills that help individuals feel really LISTENED to.  I feel that therapy is often about goodness of fit--that is--feeling comfortable and safe with your clinician.  Anna makes ME feel safe.  She has a deft touch with people and she's not afraid to ask hard questions or sit with pain and sadness." - Referring therapist

Self-Care Resources


Therapy For Real Life Self-Care  | Therapy For Real Life Podcast | Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thons


Therapy For Real Life offers an online library of self-care tools and strategies. Scroll through podcast recommendations, self-care listacles, and burnout prevention reading to support your daily practice. Test out different self-care strategies until you find the routine that works for you. Start now...  

The Therapy for Real Life Podcast is designed for anyone interested in adapting research-backed therapy strategies for everyday use. There's a time and a place for therapy. The Therapy for Real Life Podcast is for everyday life that happens outside of the therapy hour. This is not therapy. This is real life.


Therapy for Real Life's mission is to break beyond the traditional therapy hour to offer research-backed self-care tools that can be used in daily life. Workshops For Real Life brings these self-care strategies to the workplace. Learn how to support your team with fun and effective burnout prevention programs. 

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