Hi, I’m Cindy.
I work as a therapist and coach, supporting people through challenging life transitions. I help clients tap into their inner strength and wisdom, holding space for them as they make peace with the past and move forward with grace and authenticity.
I also provide counseling services in the Kalamazoo-Portage area, for people working through anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and grief & loss.
I am passionate about working with clients who are moving through life’s inevitable changes – transition points like marriage or divorce, new job or retirement, moving to a new city, pregnancy, menopause, … you get the idea. Life is full of events like these, and it seems that just when we think we’ve gotten the hang of things – life sends us another challenge.
I LOVE these places because I believe they create the most fertile soil for people to grow.
Life transitions are experiences where we’re pulled in two different directions: saying goodbye to the things that no longer serve us (or that are no longer available to us), and saying hello to things we may not yet fully understand (which can be scary AND exciting). Sometimes these changes can push us out of our comfort zones – and into places of fear, anger, sadness, or indecision. That’s where I can help.
My work in this world is holding space for people moving through life’s transitions – helping you to explore, understand, and make sense of the challenges in your life.
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I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Holistic) from John F. Kennedy University – a program with a long tradition of recognizing the integration of mind, body, spirit, and culture as essential to mental health and wellbeing. The curriculum for this degree meets the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License and the California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) License. I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan.
Part of my studies at JFKU included a specialization in Buddhist Psychology, as well as extensive training and experience in grief counseling. For over a year, I worked as a grief counselor at Hospice of the Valley, where I provided support to clients who had recently lost a loved one. Both of these topics have a significant impact on my work with clients facing life transitions.
I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher with over 200 hours of training (RYT-200). I am a member of IKYTA and Yoga Alliance, and I am KRI-certified to teach Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. I completed my initial training at Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX, with additional training in Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga at Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica, CA.
Before all of that, I was in corporate finance for over 15 years, working in leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies. I am a logical thinker by nature, and I (gasp!) loved the numbers work – I was also able to teach, encourage, and inspire employees, something that made me feel like my work mattered. In my early thirties, I started to feel a shift in the way I wanted to direct my working energy. Personally, I started a regular practice of Kundalini yoga, and spent more and more of my time developing my feminine/”right-brained” qualities, deepening my spiritual and creative practices. For a few years there, my whole world was shaken up – with big changes in my work, my personal relationships, my home – and it was in this space that I was able to understand the power of life transitions. Times of deep sadness, anger, and disappointment opened me up to vulnerability and opportunity that I hadn’t known were available to me. I learned to stretch beyond my old stories, and grow into a more full expression of my true self (a journey that doesn’t end, by the way).