Hi I'm Anna Barlage...

When I became a mom, everything changed, and I began to look at my career through a new lens. If I was going to be away from my family I wanted each minute of my work to matter, and I wanted to know for sure I was making a different in each persons life I worked with.

I have several distinct yet often overlapping areas of interest and have specific training in each. They include eating disorders, perinatal mental health and anxiety disorder. 

I spent several years working within a eating disorder clinic and truly loved watching the transformation people can make in recovery.  I learned first hand how destructive these type of issues are for those affected, as well as the people in their life, and find it is a often misunderstood area of mental health. I enjoy working with those struggling with all types of eating related concerns, whether they have sought treatment before or not.
I also knew I wanted to be around childbirth in some capacity, as I was always fascinated by the process, but that interest turned to fierce advocacy as I experienced the birth of my two children. I feel parents deserve so much better than what is the norm right now in our society, and strive to be an advocate for maternal mental health support. When I learned of BirthED and felt the energy of the space I knew it would be a great place to put down some roots.

Anxiety, my third niche area, is one in which many can describe but few truly understand. I find incorporating mindfulness practices and acceptance to be critical in helping people shift thoughts, behaviors and feelings around anxiety and also have a special interest in OCD. I am also training in a form of therapy called EMDR, which works with negative core beliefs and traumatic experiences to help re-process those things which often keep anxiety present.

I am licensed in the state of Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic #2808) and have my Masters Degree from Saint Mary's University of MN. Prior to this, I completed my Bachelors Degree at the University of Minnesota in Psychology, and my Associates Degree at Normandale Community College. I have advanced training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. and am certified in EMDR. I was a yoga teacher in my former life, thus welcome those with a desire to incorporate mind-body practices into their lives. In my spare time I enjoy connecting with other women, getting outside with my family and doing yoga.

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“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn