Cynthia is an Arizona State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the CAPS staff in the summer of 2007. In addition to individual and couples counseling, Cynthia facilitates the Learning to Cope Groups at CAPS, which is a coping skills training group. She uses a holistic approach with her clients, focusing on the person-in-environment. She has an interest in cultural competency in counseling and enjoys working with international students, Native American students and students from other diverse cultural backgrounds. She has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Dialectical Behavior Therapy), in working with Dual Diagnoses (mental health and substance abuse), and in the use of Mindfulness Meditation in therapy. Prior to coming to Tucson, she practiced in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She then received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Connecticut with a Substantive Area in Mental Health and a minor concentration in Research. She has worked in a variety of settings (inpatient, day treatment and outpatient) with a wide variety of populations (people with severe mental illness, the homeless, professionals, and college students). Cynthia is a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers and it's Arizona State Chapter. She also maintains her clinical license in Connecticut. Outside of work, Cynthia volunteers with International Friends, Inc. and the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program.