Support when you need it most
If you're struggling to manage difficult emotions like irritability, dissatisfaction, sadness, fear, anxiety, worry, or lack of focus, therapy can help. You're not alone.
We're here for you. Online and in-person appointments available.
Cynthia specializes in addressing the unique challenges individuals face.
Whether you are at a transition point in your life or need support when it comes to navigating relationships and life struggles, therapy can help. Cynthia's approach is client-centered with a focus on understanding how your nervous system responds to stress and trauma; how interpersonal attachments and relationships are related to your ability to regulate emotions.
Cynthia's therapeutic approach incorporates the theoretical principles of Polyvagal Theory, Adaptive Information Processing, and Interpersonal Neurobiology to help you to understanding how your mind and body respond to the challenges that life presents.
If you want to learn more about your own nervous system and have greater management over your responses to life's pressures, please reach out.
Anxiety | Depression | Stress Management | ADHD
Trauma | PTSD | Grief & Loss
Problems of Adjustment | Life Transitions | Life Coaching
There are many issues affecting our emotional well-being—maybe you’re not sure what needs changing or even how to go about it—therapy can help. Feeling anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, exhausted, or sad often are strong signals for needing support and guidance. It’s through connection and reaching a place of deeper understanding that we can achieve positive changes. Together, working through a process of consistent and small changes will eventually lead to significant positive solutions and real transformation.
Older adolescents and young adults spend much of their time navigating a desire for independence and the responsibility that comes with it. Although they are still developing decision-making skills, giving them a safe place to express themselves can make all the difference. At this phase having a place without pressure and judgement can support an exploration of who they want to be and what they want to do with life. They must deal with the pressures of family, school-life, friends, fitting in, living up to certain expectations. Additional support and guidance through counseling can help with self-discovery and finding their way.
From a developmental perspective, we experience changes over time. For many, whether expected or not, it can be difficult to manage. Stress and pressures associated with life changes—illness or death of a loved one, job change, family changes, divorce, remarriage or empty-nest—can be overwhelming and have significant effects on our emotional and physical well-being. With therapy, these crossroads can instead be opportunities to evaluate the direction for your life to take.
At times we all need guidance. Life coaching is less focused on mental health (or mental health symptoms) and more on supporting a client to evaluate their options. This approach is well-suited for individuals interested in short-term outcome focused guidance. This type of coaching is not covered by insurance and is not focused on symptom reduction but rather coaching a client and creating a path to reach their full potential.
Cynthia has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families in academic and community settings as a mental health researcher and therapist. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in social work and received doctoral level training at UCLA's school of Social Work. Cynthia offers an opportunity for gaining a deeper understanding of how we became the persons we are presently, how we experience distress and happiness, and how to achieve emotional balance once we have lost it.