Cynthia’s passion is in working with adults and older teens with ADHD, as well as other smart, creative “think outside the box” types whose personal effectiveness and executive skill challenges keep holding them back. Many times they’re also dealing with life setbacks, chronic stress, or anxiety or depression symptoms that only make things worse.
She also has a special affinity for working with people with mood disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD and depression.
Cynthia’s wide range of skills and experience gives her skill and ingenuity at helping people make sense of and better address complicated or persistent challenges, coordinating her efforts with the help of their other health care providers and support resources when needed.
Cynthia utilizes a strengths-based, neuroscience-informed, holistic and results-oriented approach to both therapy and coaching. Because of her strong working understanding of both mainstream and alternative medicine treatment approaches for physical and mental health issues, she is skilled at helping her clients navigate their way through the diagnosis and treatment process in an informed and empowered way, referring to and coordinating care with their treatment providers as necessary.
Cynthia is a WA state Licensed Mental Health counselor, credential #LH60648117. She completed her Master’s degree in Counseling from Bastyr University/LIOS in 2006.
Cynthia also practices as an ADHD & Executive Skills Coach. She began her coaching training through Coach University in 1995, and began adding ADHD coaching training in 2005 through ADDResources and throughout her 5 years working at the Pacific NW Amen clinic as their staff therapist, ADHD Coach, and adult educator. She has continued to pursue additional coach training and coaching mentorship since.
In 2013 Cynthia became certified in Financial Recovery Counseling, and now also offers Money Coaching for individuals and couples who are seeking greater financial clarity and peace of mind, or who would like to develop a healthier relationship with money. Money coaching is also perfect for people with ADHD, learning disabilities or other “numbers or money-challenged” people who can really benefit from targeted skill development around managing their money in ways that truly work for them.
A life-long learner, Cynthia has completed many hours of continuing education over the past 20+ years in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Voice Dialogue, Psychosynthesis-based forgiveness work, mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques including guided visualization, hypnotherapy and meditation, body/mind wellness, medical intuitive and energetic techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and neurobiological and systemic therapeutic approaches.
Prior to working exclusively as a therapist and coach, Cynthia was also a licensed massage therapist and Hellerwork practitioner for 15 years. In addition, she spent two years working as a colon therapist, allergy tester, and patient advocate and educator at Healing Naturally, a Naturopathic environmental medicine clinic specializing in treating patients with chemical-exposure related illnesses such as cancer, auto-immune diseases, and Parkinson’s.
Her therapeutic approach has also been influenced by her personal journey of healing as a cancer survivor, and by her own personal and familial experience with ADHD and mood disorders.
In addition to her private practice, Cynthia volunteers as a co-lead for a Seattle monthly support group for ADHD adults and their partners.
She also sits on the board of Hylcan, a Canadian philanthropic foundation.
In her free time, Cynthia enjoys birding, gardening, walking with her dogs, and is an avid Zydeco dancer.
What clients have shared…
“I have been coached by Cynthia for a few months for my ADD difficulty with time and schedule management. She has been very skilled in quickly pin-pointing the trouble spots in my time management process, and getting me back on track so I build the consistent successes that are so important for making changes. Cynthia fine-tunes her client’s process with compassion and an informed can-do attitude. It is so valuable to have someone like that in your corner. Without that help in the past, I just gave up and fell back on old chaotic habits. I consider my new-found ability to actually enjoy developing and maintaining a schedule, nothing short of miraculous.” –NS