Often, freedom comes though UNLEARNING old habits of thinking, feeling, or perceiving.
Cindy approaches situations and people by addressing the areas of body/mind/spirit because they are inextricably intertwined. Her practice locally is comprised of Pastors, the LGBT community, and people working with PTSD. There’s a mix of others, but the people who seem to choose me often fall under these 3 groupings (sometimes all at once!)
Cindy’s dissertation was on narrative therapy and PTSD. She moves people towards posttraumatic growth whenever it is possible, appropriate, and respectful. Cindy promotes wellness and address human suffering through psychotherapeutic methods, education, intervention techniques and coaching. To treat individuals, couples and families with respect and understanding with regard to their values, culture and history. To promote healing by treating the whole person with an appreciation of the many systems therein (physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, etc.).
Recovery is often a goal in this process. When an individual has been through loss, harm, or rapid change, recovery gives one a sense of reorientation and safety. The road to recovery can be adventurous, daunting, exciting or just hard work. A therapist serves as a guide along the way.
Trauma in life is at times unavoidable and therapy can help the healing process to occur more quickly. Techniques that allow greater access to the whole person expedite the process. When credence is only given to the conscious mind, we are missing out on over 90% of what actually causes us to behave, think and feel the way we do. Therapy that allows an individual to have access to the ‘underground current’ of the Mind allows for better understanding, acceptance and/or as a solid basis for change. For example, fear that lingers long after the traumatic experience has passed can torment an individual for many years. Sadness and anger can also cling to someone in ways that decrease his or her ability to enjoy or function well in life. Addressing the whole Mind allows for an individual to see more clearly and allows for healing and growth.
Addictions are patterns in life that are used repeatedly and often unconsciously. When a compulsive dependence upon a substance, behavior or a person becomes unhealthy, therapy helps make change possible. The therapist can help to identify an individual’s patterns, triggers, pitfalls to avoid and sources of strength.
No matter what brings someone to therapy, everyone has a context that is important to recognize. An individual’s personality, family, culture, faith and specific talents have much to do with the path of recovery that is employed. Each person brings with them tools that will help them and the therapist’s job is help find the best way to use these tools. The experience can be difficult and wonderful all at once, with outcomes that often exceed the expectations of the presenting individual.
Location: Fort Meyers, Floirda
- Clinical Social Work License – State of Florida #4431, 1997-present
- Hypnotherapy and Rapid Trauma Resolution Certification (60 hrs) – State of Florida, 2004
- Coaching Certification – Institute of Life Coach Training, 2003
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Training – EMDR Institute, 2003
- Critical Incident Stress Management Certification – Crisis Care Network, 2003
- Clinical Supervision Certification – State of Florida, 1996
- Relationships Magazine: “What is Coaching?”, Young Life Publication, 2003
- Relationships Magazine: “Getting Along with your Boss: Communication and Conflict Resolution ”, Young Life Publication, 2004
- Guest Contributor to Gannett News-Press, Living Well Section, Southwest Florida Editions
- Articles on wellness, running and other forms of movement, and becoming whole. April 2013- present
- Narrative therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder: Narrative change and symptom reduction. Doctoral Dissertation, Proquest, Copyright 2011.
- Narrative therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder:Narrative change and symptom reduction- Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, 2011
- Anxiety and Depression and COPD- Lee Memorial Health Systems, COPD Support Group. 2009, 2010
- Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Youth Workers using Coaching Skills- PRYME Lake Tahoe, CA, 2006
- Mid-career Tune-ups- Young Life National Staff, Australia and New Zealand, 2006-2010
- Mid-Career Tune-ups offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, NZ
- Coaching in Supervision and Mentoring, Fuller Theological Seminary Extension Supervisors, Pasadena, CA, 2005
- Life Balance and Stress Management, Ave Maria University Development Department, Immokalee, FL, 2005
- Coaching as a Supervision Style, North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management & the Florida Employer Advisory Council, Gainesville, FL, 2005
- Coaching and Mentoring, Pryme, Chicago, IL, 2005
- Understanding Generational Differences, Cabinet Members, Young Life, Colorado Springs, CO, 2005
- What to do after the Storm: Crisis Management for Youth Ministers, Topical Getaway, International Tele-class, 2005
- Kids who Hurt Themselves: Self Injurious Behaviors in Adolescents, Topical Getaway, International Tele-class, 2005
- Eating Disorders in Adolescents, Topical Getaway, International Tele-class, 2004
- Leading your Elders: Working Effectively with Volunteers Older than You, Topical Getaway, International Tele-class, 2005
- Life Balance and Stress Management, Riverwalk Physical Therapy Center: Lee Memorial Health Care Systems, Ft. Myers, FL, 2004