When your war is with yourself, you must ask yourself for peace.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on managing distress, emotional dysregulation and interpersonal conflict through mindfulness. By learning specific skill sets focused on behavioral change, you will see radical changes in your day-to-day life. Through providing therapeutic skills in four key areas (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) DBT offers tangible and practical tools for increasing emotional choice in any situation. DBT is a little like the life skills you never learned in school, but wish you had!
Lifestyle counseling refers to psychoeducation and support around the actions and elements in a client's life that can impact overall health, like sleep, diet, exercise, and mindfulness practice. Cynthia conducts comprehensive lifestyle assessments and provides plans for clients that include sleep hygiene, dietary recommendations, exercise schedules, personalized yoga routines, and mindfulness tips. This holistic approach also serves to unearth blocks to changing habits that many clients have had for years, thereby making sustainable shifts finally within reach.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a trauma-specific, body-based, resolution therapy based in neuroscience. SE posits that unresolved trauma responses get “stuck” in our nervous systems, however can be uncovered, sequenced through, and ultimately healed, so that we may live the full lives we have a right to. SE works well in tandem treatment with DBT in that the former serves to resolve underlying trauma, while the later focuses on managing the symptoms of the trauma in daily life.
Cynthia holds a feminist lens as she works with clients, which makes space for cultural and systemic factors that may impact personal wellbeing. When we are subjected to oppression and stereotypes, these oppressive experiences can become internalized and have a profound affect on our beliefs and perceptions. Within a larger vision of social change, definitions of distress and disorder are reformulated to involve the internal as well as external factors of dis-ease. Pain and resistance are viewed as positive confirmation of the desire to live fully and overcome struggles, rather than being viewed as weakness.
Cynthia believes that healing is an art form, and that the client is the artist. She supports expressive experiencing through dance, drawing, and writing.