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Early in my career, I remember attending a seminar on assisting victims of trauma. I was listening to a veteran speak about not being able to wrestle with his memories/experiences of war and feeling disconnected to his life outside of the military. He was talking about his journey and his recovery to feeling more connected and invested in the world around him. He said, “I learned that you can’t bury it outside if it’s still deep inside you.” That was it. Those were the words that I heard over and over. “You can’t bury outside it if it’s still deep inside…” I have used those words so many times with individuals in my work. It has motivated me and deepened my passion for helping others. My role with you is to offer a safe place to open up, explore feelings/emotions, and walk with you towards recovery. Your experiences are unique to you and I am here to bear witness to those experiences, offer compassionate listening, understanding, and to be a guide. Therapy is something that we do together. We may all have our own definition of feeling disconnected and lost. Our own “war inside.” We can learn a lot through challenging times, and having a consistent and confidential guide can often make that journey more bearable.

Educational/Personal

Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s Degree Science in Psychology from Valparaiso University and subsequently moved to Chicago, IL, to attend Loyola University Chicago to achieve her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Cynthia lived in Chicago for 14 years where she was an active volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team. She managed a police social work team for 7 years for Proviso Township, located just outside of Chicago in addition to (4) Emergency Department Crisis Teams. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and excited to be back in her home town of Indianapolis. Since returning to Indianapolis, she has opened her practice and is also employed with Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard) in the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation.

Hobbies

Cynthia enjoys being outside: walking, hiking, running or riding her bike. She’s enjoyed competing in triathlons both in Chicago and in Indiana. She loves to cook/bake, read and spend time with her family.

Specialties

Cynthia specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, survivors of abuse/trauma, self-injury, suicidal thoughts, crisis intervention, w Incident Stress Management, and Motivational Interviewing. In addition, she works with individuals coping with self-esteem issues, divorce, caregiver and women’s issues. Cynthia enjoys working with individuals as well as providing professional consultation and training. She is a local and national speaker—providing training on multi-disciplinary dementia care and more.