Registered Social Worker
BSW (UBC), DipCs(Regent College), RSW
Registered with BC College of Social Workers, Member of BC Association of Social Workers
Cynthia brings 14 years of experience as a Social Worker helping people through various stages of life. She specializes in working with teens and adults struggling with addictions, suicide, self-injury, anxiety, depression, identity, and sexuality. She has extensive experience with family and conflict mediation, grief and loss, chronic illness and disability, caregiver stress, older adult mental health, and advanced care planning. Cynthia understands how difficult it can be to seek help during difficult times. Her caring and non-judgmental approach provides a safe space for clients to gain new insight and hope into the challenging areas of their lives. As a social worker, Cynthia also brings a wealth of knowledge in navigating complex systems and accessing community and government resources.
Raised in a Christian home, Cynthia encountered Christ in a profound way during her teen years and own prodigal journey. It was this encounter that ignighted a passion for reaching youth-at-risk and set in motion a vocational calling to counselling and healing ministry. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at UBC in 2002 and worked for several years as an addictions and prevention counsellor to adolescents. Then, to further integrate her faith and vocation she completed a Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies at Regent College in 2007 and served for some years as a church Youth Director mentoring and equipping teens, parents and leaders. Later, Cynthia continued to expand her field of practice by gaining valuable experience in acute health care, rehabilitation, and long-term care settings with older adults and people with disabilities. Cynthia has been married to her husband 11years and together they are raising 2 wonderful and active children and a dog. Cynthia strives to authentically model a healthy rhythm of a Christ-centred life in everything she does.
Preferred modalities include Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which are well-documented evidence-based techniques. Cynthia practices primarily from solution-focused, strength-based and bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. This means Cynthia works from a holistic perspective examining physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of a clients life while working together with them towards mutually established goals. The counselling process is a collaboration in which clients find themselves strengthened and empowered with new skills, knowledge and resources. Cynthia welcomes opportunities to prayerfully engage with clients on their own spiritual journey to healing and wholeness.
Cynthia is excited be on board with the Soma team and is comitted to helping people find personal healing and growth that extends to thier relationships with others. Cynthia works well with individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities and is also happy to facilitate workshops.