Cynthia has a particular interest in working with people who have experienced complex trauma, and is passionate about uncovering individuals’ path to post-traumatic growth for people who may have dual diagnoses including, eating disorders, attachment disorders, gender and identity issues, anger, substance misuse, and gambling problems.
Cynthia uses a variety of evidence-based and outcome-informed interventions including Interactive Drawing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Feminist approaches to Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and EMDR.
Cynthia has extensive experience in working with male and female survivors of sexual, physical and emotional violence, across the lifespan. She has been practicing trauma-informed approaches for twelve years. She has trained and worked as a specialist counsellor with specific groups such as CALD, LGBTIQ, adolescents in foster care, people with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Queensland. She has facilitated group workshops for male and female survivors of sexual assault, healthy relationships for teenagers, relationship program for prisoners, attachment training for parents & carers, and substance abuse recovery programs.
Cynthia has experience providing court reports and a wide range of cognitive, personality, diagnostic, and vocational psychological assessments for both, children and adults. Cynthia works with clients in a collaborative process which increases their knowledge, skills, adaptability, building on clients’ resilience to adjust to life’s challenges.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2013)
Problem Gambling Counselling Training (Cairns)
ATODS Addictions Counselling Training (Cairns)
Applied Suicide Intervention Training (Brisbane 2007)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (2012)
Interactive Drawing Therapy (Advanced 2013)
Schema Therapy for Common Problems (Dr Tracey Hunter 2016)
Bringing Up Great Kids Facilitator (Australian Childhood Foundation 2016)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDRAA member 2019)
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS member 2021)
International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST member 2021)
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” Lao Tzu