Self-Care Skills Coaching   :  Therapy for Ups and Downs  :  Burnout Prevention Consulting

Self-Care and Relationship Skills Coaching

Learn coping strategies to conquer harmful habits.

Are you struggling with self-harm, such as suicidal thoughts, self-injury, substance abuse, toxic relationships, or other harmful behaviors? Have you tried to make a change on your own, but had trouble following through? Get support in crafting your own self-care plan to live a healthier and more satisfying life. 

Strategies for Life's Ups and Downs

Overcome life's worst curve balls.

Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma? Are you trying to figure out how to navigate relationships? 

Learn techniques for managing stress and other challenges in the context of a warm and supportive therapuetic relationship. Use proven best practices (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and relationship coaching) to help you overcome life's most challenging moments and transitions. 

Burnout Prevention Consulting for Leaders and Organizations

Live your passion and be your authentic self.  

Are you experiencing burnout in your relationships, career, or personal life? Do others rely on you, but you are just not sure how to muster the energy that you need to show up for them? Are you trying to make an important decision, but are feeling stuck?

Consider getting an outside perspective to help you brainstorm your next step. Learn how to boost motivation. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of therapy do you offer?


 Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW uses a variety of counseling strategies, including mindfulness trainingCognitive Behavioral TherapyDialectical Behavior TherapyMotivational InterviewingSolution-Focused Therapytrauma-informed care and other therapies that are proven by research to alleviate stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problemsFind out more about different therapy options. 


How long does therapy usually last?


It is really up to you. I will offer you my professional recommendation, which may range from brief consultation to longer-term counseling, after a thorough assessment of your needs. As with any expert advice, it is up to you to decide what priorities you are ready to work on and when. I specialize in brief counseling methods backed by research, which are often designed to be completed in 10 sessions or less. Some areas, such as childhood trauma, longstanding relationship problems, or major life transitions, may deserve additional attention and counseling. I will support you as you decide what level of counseling is appropriate for your needs.


What is a Self-Care Check-Up?


Self-Care Check-Up is a great option for folks who aren’t necessarily looking for long-term counseling, but who want to boost their emotional health. A Self-Care Check-Up includes 1-2 sessions of a holistic assessment of your emotional health, including self-care strengths and vulnerabilities. Depending on your personalized feedback, you may opt for additional sessions for targeted skill building in a specific area, such as burnout preventionrelationship strategies, or mood management. A Self-Care Check-Up allows you to check out the counseling experience, without having to make a long-term commitment. You can think of it like counseling a-la-carte. Take what you like, leave the rest. If you decide that traditional weekly or longer-term counseling is for you, then we can discuss those options as well.


What are the most common concerns that you see in your counseling practice?


Some of the most common reasons people seek out counseling include:


How does couples counseling work?


I use the Gottman Method in my work with couples to develop healthier relationships grounded in friendship and shared meaning. These strategies are proven by research to help couples better manage conflict, adjust to major life transitions, and improve relationship satisfaction. My assessment of couples starts with an initial consultation with both partners, followed by individual sessions with each partner, and another joint consultation to discuss goals and strategies for the rest of therapy together. Both partners will complete the Relationship Check-Up, a comprehensive set of online questionnaires that assess a couple's strengths and challenges, allowing me to give you targeted therapeutic recommendations for improving your relationship. If you could improve one aspect of your relationship, what would it be?


How much does therapy cost?


My fees are $175 per 50 minute session of individual therapy. I also offer consultation to couples for $200 per 50 minute session. I also offer reduced fee sessions, so check the online scheduling tool for current availability or get in touch to discuss your specific needs. See also: tips for affording therapy.


Where are your offices located?


I have two psychotherapy offices accepting new clients - one in beautiful Adams Point in Oakland and one centrally located in the Financial District in San Francisco. Both my offices are beautiful spaces located conveniently within walking distance from a nearby BART station. Therapy should be a restorative and enjoyable experience. My office ambiance and location are designed to support that goal.


Do you offer online therapy or video conferencing?


Yes, I am equipped and licensed to provide online therapy or telecounseling to residents of California. There are special consent procedures and considerations with telecounseling that we will discuss before your first appointment. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your particular needs. 


Are your services confidential?


Yes. It is very important that therapy feels like a comfortable space to disclose whatever you wish. There are very few exceptions when I would be mandated to break confidentiality for your own protection or in accordance with state or federal law. Please see my Office Policies and Procedures for more information about your rights and confidentiality in counseling.


How do I find the best therapist for me?


Fortunately, Oakland and San Francisco both have vibrant communities of highly qualified therapists. Having so many options can also make it a bit overwhelming to find the best therapist for you. I encourage prospective clients to check out different therapists’ websites to get a sense of different therapeutic styles. My counseling style - as an example - is grounded in mindfulness principles and other evidence-based strategies that focus on the present and boost coping during periods of stress or transition. Other therapists may be more psychoanalytically or psychodynamically oriented, which means that they may spend more time examining your earliest relationships and attachments during the therapy process. Different styles can be useful for different needs. Individuals have to trust their gut when it comes to deciding what therapy style is best suited for their own priorities. I suggest that you interview a potential therapist about their therapy style so that you can get a better sense of their orientation. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to prospective clients to help them decide whether I am the right person for their needs. I welcome you to call or email me to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific goals for counseling. 


Can therapy help me with low self-esteem?


Many of my clients first seek out counseling because low self-esteem has negatively impacted their confidence, relationships, or work performance. Luckily, therapy can be tremendously helpful in building self-esteem and self-acceptance. Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are excellent options to help interrupt negative thought patterns and learn new skills to develop a healthy self-esteem. Therapy allows you to set specific goals for improving self-esteem and gives you practice tools to succeed. Imagine: What would you accomplish if low self-esteem was no longer holding you back?


I should be able to take care of myself. Why do I need to talk to a therapist?


I cannot tell you how often I hear this question. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about therapy and one common one is that going to therapy is a sign of weakness. I view seeking counseling as a sign of strength and dedication to your most important goals and values. Fortunately, attitudes towards counseling are changing as nearly half of American households seek these services each year. Talking to a counselor has many benefits, including: helping you feel less alone when facing a difficult situation, giving you a fresh perspective, and teaching you proven strategies to improve your life. A counselor can also help you find clarity on thinking through a problem, which often leads to new ideas. My goal as a therapist is to draw from an individual’s strengths and combine them with new skills to help you leave counseling with a greater sense of empowerment and competence in your own life. Sure, you can handle your problems on your own, but if it makes things just a little bit easier to access some support, then why wouldn’t you?


OK, I’m interested in scheduling a consultation. What do I do next?


Great! Congratulations on taking an important step towards meeting your goals. I look forward to working with you. You may access my online schedule here for instant booking. Or, you can call or email me and leave me a message with the best way/times to get back to you. I return messages as soon as possible and will reply back as soon as my schedule allows - or the next business day at the latest. I look forward to meeting you soon. 















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