Arts-based Mental Health Practitioner, Art Therapy Intern
Cynthia (she/they) became an art therapist because she has both experienced for herself and witnessed in others the immense power of creative work in a person’s journey of healing, self-discovery, and transformation. She strives to offer support, validation, and guidance to those embarking on such journeys and to travel alongside them through the unexpected twists and turns these paths usually offer.
Cynthia uses a relational-cultural, attachment-based, trauma-informed lens in therapy with an emphasis on resilience, present-moment awareness, and growth. She incorporates both expressive and somatic (body-based) work into sessions, with a strong belief in the power and importance of non-verbal communication in addition to talk-based therapy and insight.
She has primarily worked with adolescents and young adults who have experienced trauma or attachment wounds, those struggling with suicidality or self-harm, and folks seeking more stable and meaningful relationships. Regardless of age, experience, or background, Cynthia loves working with individuals in fostering a sense of self and self-worth, developing ways of coping with difficult experiences and overwhelming emotions that better serve the individual’s current needs and desires, and in cultivating meaning in daily life.
Both in and out of the counseling room, Cynthia aspires to embody her deeply held values, including agency and empowerment, exploration and growth, creativity and insight, connection and community, and equity and justice.
Cynthia is working toward completing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy at Prescott College. She is under the supervision of Nikki Witt, LPCC, ATR-BC.
Art by Cynthia