Create Meaning and Connection

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

Options and Services:

Self-Care Workshops + Community Building Events

( + Workplace wellness,
+ Team trainings,
+ Hopeful keynotes...)

Rates of stress, burnout, and loneliness remain high in the workplace due to complex societal pressures. 

Workshops For Real Life supports workplaces to tailor "universal precautions" for burnout prevention to the unique culture of their team. Learn about team approaches to stress managment and interpersonal effectiveness, including Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thons, webinars, self-care workshops, retreats and strategic planning for leaders and changemakers.

Relationship Counseling To Foster Deeper Understanding and Connection 

(+ Science-backed assessment,

+ Real-time feedback in conflict management,
+ Video recording and play-by-play feedback available... )

Receive personalized feedback about your relationship as well as coaching in strategies that are backed by research to help couples better manage conflict, adjust to major life transitions, and improve intimacy and connection.

Learn how to understand each other more deeply using mindfulness-based communication skills.

Therapy for Real Life 

(+ Research-backed counseling designed to build meaning and connection.

+ Telehealth available throughout California, Minnesota, Vermont, and Colorado)

Therapy teaches you that you do not have to face any of your challenges alone. Learn proven self-care and relationship strategies that are personalized to your goals for building meaning and connection. Learn about research-backed counseling options, including CBT, DBT, mindfulness, trauma recovery, and assertiveness coaching.


Flexible short, medium, and longer-term counseling options are available for adults, depending on their needs. 

Welcome to Therapy for Real Life


Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW, LICSW founded Therapy for Real Life to break beyond the traditional therapy hour and make self-care more accessible. Therapy For Real Life offers flexible supports including research-backed counseling for individuals and couples, Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thons for the workplace, and the Therapy for Real Life podcast -- because self-care goes everywhere. Therapy For Real Life draws from proven counseling methods, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapymindfulness training, and relationship coaching. Therapy For Real Life is designed to help you adapt these skills to make them your own.


Therapy For Real Life specializes in burnout prevention with changemakers and their allies -- offering clients a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship and space to problem-solve life's greatest challenges. 

What changes would you like to make in your life?


Therapy Options To Build Meaning and Connection


Pick and Choose from Evidence-Backed Therapy Options


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Build awareness of unhelpful thought habits. Confront problem thinking with practical tools to create healthier narratives and improve your mood. Build a more empowering perspective with the support of a trained clinician. Overcome life's most unexpected challenges with cognitive self-care strategies to buffer you against thoughts that no longer serve you. 

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.

Mindfulness Training

Learn acceptance-based meditation techniques drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Use practical meditation strategies to help you cope with stresses beyond your control, clarify personal priorities, and make ethical decisions in attunement with your values.  Draw from lessons in psychological flexibility to help you stay present and increase enjoyment in your life.

Get in touch with Therapy For Real Life / Workshops For Real Life

Schedule a consult with Founder Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW, LICSW

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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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