I provide comprehensive psychological evaluations to young children through young adults. I specialize in ADHD and ODD treatment.
Psychologist in Tampa, FL
Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep, difficulty in maintaining sleep, or waking up too early despite adequate opportunity to sleep, and often results in some type of daytime impairment such as symptoms of fatigue, mood disturbance, daytime sleepiness, reduced energy, and difficulty with attention or concentration. Dr. Edwards provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), a highly evidence-based treatment for insomnia.
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.
According to the CDC, behavior therapy is the first line of treatment for ADHD that can improve a child’s behavior, self-control, and self-esteem. Behavior therapy is focused on teaching parents how to shape their child’s behaviors through positive parenting strategies. Dr. Edwards provides behavior therapy with parents 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.