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Support when you need it most

 If you need support to manage what feel like unmanageable emotions -- irritability, dissatisfaction, sadness,  fear, anxiety, worry, or an overall lack of focus, therapy can help.
You are not alone. We are here for you. 
Online & in-office appointments are available.
Practice Areas

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.


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Anxiety | Depression |  Stress Management  | ADHD 
Trauma | PTSD | Grief & Loss
Problems of Adjustment | Life Transitions | Life Coaching


Young Adults

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.

Life Changes

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. 

Life Coaching

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 changesillness or death of a loved one, job change, family changes, divorce, remarriage or empty-nestcan 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.

Good Faith Estimates

Beginning in 2022, Under the “No Surprises Act,” health care providers are responsible for giving clients who are not using insurance an estimate of charges for the health care items and services before those items or services are provided.  You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.  The Good Faith Estimate  is based on the information known at the time the estimate was generated. Any unexpected, unknown services or charges are not included. 

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.

  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

  • Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate in the event you are charged a higher amount.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit, or call HHS  1-800-368-1019.

Meet Cynthia

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. 

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