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Cynthia

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My path to being a Marriage and family therapist is linked directly to a very personal experience.

As a young adult, my family confronted a life-altering event that redefined my role in my family system. Friends and family provided such crucial support (and continue everyday) that I realized this was crucial to the systemic success of how we now needed to live. The experience taught me how important family and support are to our wellbeing.

Despite studying psychology & sociology I originally started a career in fashion design working in a high stress Manhattan environment. I soon realized that my past required a deeper understanding of relationships and went back to school for a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Since then my career has taken many turns. I worked in pre-schools with children who are on the Autism spectrum, helping parents learn to communicate effectively and process through the diagnosis. I ran groups and also did individual therapy in a mental health hospital with adolescents and adults who were schizophrenic, bi-polar, depressed, and suffered attention deficit disorder. I then moved to working with couples and families struggling with addiction, compulsive behaviors, and depression.

Each unique experience affected me as a therapist and helped mold me into the woman I am. During sessions I create an environment that is unique to the individual, couple, or family present. I believe many people have the answers they seek, but sometimes simply need assistance in clearing through the fog of life.

I enjoy working in all therapy settings such as couples, family, and individuals. In addition to the mentioned client groups I also run group therapy sessions supporting new moms, and adolescents who feel they need an outlet or “safe zone” to express and process what’s on their mind. I encourage parents to be a part of therapy when working with the adolescents.

“No one can choose your mountain or tell you when to climb it is yours alone to conquer at your own pace and time.” (Patricia J. Hacker)

Cynthia@amytielemans.com

Phone: (570) 994-3240