I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania, and I've worked in the field of psychology for 20 years. I graduated from Cornell University (with a Bachelors of Science with Distinction) and completed my Doctoral Degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I went on to complete my APA (American Psychological Association) accredited internship at The Pennsylvania State University. After my internship, I worked at The University of Scranton for five years before starting my private practice full time in 2008. In 2015, I expanded my private practice and formed Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver and Associates, LLC.
Most recently, I decided to expand my business to reach the online world and Mama Shrink was born.
I'm a professional speaker and I've presented to organizations such as P&G, Prudential, The Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Pennsylvania Lyme Disease organizations. I've also appeared on radio, television, and was featured in the Lifestyles section of the Scranton Times.
In my private practice, I specialize in treating eating disorders, coaching, empowering women, chronic illness (focus on Lyme Disease), trauma, infertility, adoption, hypnosis, and parenting. I have extensive training and experience working with families, children, adolescents, and couples. I'm also a certified Assertiveness Coach and love motivating people to reach their highest potential.
I've been married to my husband (Mike) for 22 years (together for 27). I consider him to be my biggest champion and best friend. We renewed our wedding vows in 2017, with our two boys as witnesses, which was a very special moment for the Hawver Family. I have two amazing little boys, both adopted domestically from birth: Thomas (7) and Lucas (5). After struggling with infertility for years, the gift of adoption allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming a mom. Like most things in my life, I've taken this experience and am using it to help others suffering from infertility or going through the roller-coaster ride of adoption.
At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (due to years of suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and abusing laxatives) and underwent 3 heart surgeries. I decided to become a psychologist after having heart surgery at the age of twenty-one. Once I was given a second chance at life, I left my dream of becoming an actress behind to pursue a degree in psychology. I was determined to help other people who suffer from eating disorders and this remains true till this day. I have been recovered from my eating disorder for 28 years.
My most recent battle has come in the form of Lyme disease. I most likely contracted Lyme disease in 2012, but was not diagnosed until 2014. I now understand first hand how frustrating it can be to find physicians who are knowledgeable in Lyme disease and the devastating physical and emotional toll Chronic Lyme Disease can have on your life and your family. As a result, I'm a strong advocate for people becoming the CEO of their own health care. In addition to Lyme disease, I have several co-infections that are often common in Lyme disease patients: Mycoplasma, Babasia, and Epstein Bare. Despite this, I've found a way to life a full life and hope to inspire this in others. Especially in moms who trying to parent with a chronic illness.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two boys, my 17-year-old rescue dog (Sophie), and our new Bearded Dragon (Buddy Bob Hawver). I also have a passion for travel and my sacred place is being near the water, especially the ocean. I love to learn and you can usually find me reading three books at once, doing an online training course, and creating my next business venture. I love being a psychologist and view my work as part of my soul. I value growth and integrity, and believe in continually working on personal, professional, and spiritual growth.