Cindy received her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University. During her undergrad.Cindy volunteered at a high needs mental health program called Aspire Academy working with teenage girls struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Personality Disorders. Cindy built rapport and trust with the girls there and ran weekly groups based on their needs. While there Cindy’s passion for working with teens developed here because she was able to help support them during this difficult time in their life.
After graduating with her undergrad, Cindy went on to work for the Utah Youth Village with Families First as an in-home behavior Specialist. She worked with families and children designed to teach them skills to change unwanted behaviors and improve family functioning in the home. After a year at Families First Cindy became certified in the Teaching-Family Model. Cindy’s love for working with families grew here as she was able to see how important it was to work with the family as a whole and provide them with tools they needed to succeed.
While continuing to work for Families First and mentoring children, Cindy attended the University of Utah to attain her Masters in Social Work. While getting her masters she did internships at Guadalupe Charter School as a school social worker assisting children one on one as well as teaching classes about social and emotional learning. Cindy also ran groups with some of the older students about relationships and leadership.
Cindy also worked with Multicultural Counseling as an intern therapist and met with clients who had endured sexual trauma and domestic abuse. During this time Cindy became trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She worked with individuals and groups, as well as ran a group for parents who had children struggling with behavior problems in the home.
Cindy operates from a strength-based perspective with the families and youth she works with to help build them up so they can see the positives within themselves. She takes a person centered and cognitive behavioral approach to therapy and hopes to implement creative and experiential work with those she works with. Cindy has a passion for working with teens and families to help create stronger and lasting connections during this difficult stage in life. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, kayaking, and anything that involves music.