Director of Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Support – MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
Cynthia holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and is certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. One of her specialties is working with individuals and families coping with challenges during their reproductive and parenting years, such as postpartum depression and anxiety; loss, grief, and trauma; and parenting children with special needs and medical challenges. At Sandbox Therapy Group, she serves as the Director of Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Support and provides psychotherapy services.
She has lived biculturally and bilingually (English and Farsi) for over 30 years. Her experience with cross-cultural living, therapy, and research allow her to work respectfully and effectively with people who have various cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, and life circumstances. She believes that—even during our greatest struggles—each person has strengths and solutions within them. She strives to help clients harness hope and their inherent ability to heal and grow so that they can move toward creating lives characterized by meaning and well-being.
Cynthia is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, where she taught counseling skills. In addition, she is an author, consultant, and internationally recognized speaker who provides psychology, diversity, lactation, and parenting-related training and education to health care providers, mental health care providers, organizations, and individuals. In her private practice, she has offered holistic counseling that addresses the needs of individuals and families experiencing a variety of life challenges.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family.