About Us

You may be wondering, "Who are these people and how do they know all this stuff?" As it turns out, we are trained mental health professionals, but we are also normal people with a strong passion for helping others.

Emily Anderson moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school in social work, fell in love with the city and decided to stay. For 5 years, Emily worked as an in-home caregiver for older adults and people with disabilities, giving her first-hand insight into the daily lives of families caring for a loved one. In 2014, she finished her master's degree in social work and became a licensed social worker (LSW), with a special focus on mental health and aging. Her internship experiences include working with Mercy Behavioral Health, UPMC Palliative Care Institute, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and the Benedum Geriatric Center.

In her spare time, Emily tends to her balcony herb garden, pets other people's dogs, and putzes around the kitchen forcing her friends to eat her experimental food preparations. She does her best to practice what she preaches, setting aside time to practice mindfulness and stress management each day. Emily loves her work as a Care Coach for Familylinks' CFI program, and is constantly awed by the dedication and compassion she sees in caregivers.

Deanna Leyh was born and raised in Pittsburgh and finished her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University in 2013. She is currently working toward attaining her license in professional counseling (LPC), and she loves her position as a Care Coach with Familylinks’ Caregivers First Initiative. She has had previous professional work and internship experience with UPMC’s Family Based Mental Health Services, UPMC Shadyside’s Pastoral Care Department, UPMC’s Merck Summer Therapeutic Inclusion Program, and Forbes Hospital’s Psychiatric Department. Deanna has worked with individuals across the lifespan, but found her calling in working with older adults and caregivers.