I am originally from New Mexico, but I grew up all over the country and in Germany as my father was enlisted in the Army. I moved to Colorado Springs in the 90’s to attend college, where I met my husband. This is the longest I have ever lived in one place! We have three children, two who are young adults and one teenager. We also have a dog, cat, and two parakeets. I love spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors to hike or bike, Salsa and Bachata dancing, singing karaoke, and scrapbooking. I also love to travel and experience and learn about other cultures. Although I grew up hearing my grandparents and other extended family members speaking Spanish, my parents, as the youngest children in their large families did not speak Spanish. So, I studied abroad in Mexico for a semester in college to learn Spanish, which I have had many opportunities to speak professionally and recreationally.
I became interested in the field of psychology when I was still in high school as I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of the human mind. In college, I had the opportunity to conduct research on infant learning at Evans Army Community Hospital and had intentions to apply to graduate programs in developmental psychology. However, after working at a local safe house for survivors of domestic violence, I discovered my passion for providing emotional support to children and families. Before coming to the Family Care Center, I worked in community mental health settings for nearly nine years. Although I have worked with individuals across the life span, I specialize in working with young children and their families, using different modalities such as play therapy, parent-child therapy, and parenting consultation as a registered play therapist. I also specialize in trauma treatment and have plenty of experience addressing other struggles such as depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity.
Why work with Cynthia?
As a client-centered therapist my goal is to try to understand and honor the experiences of my clients and to provide the emotional safety and support to find what they already have inside themselves to heal and become the person they were meant to be. When working with children, I recognize the importance of involving their caregivers in treatment, as they know their children the best and can have the most powerful impact on their children’s healing and growth. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you and your children!