Marriage and Family Therapist
Cyndy believes that each of us longs for peace within and meaningful connection without. She wants you to know that you’re acceptable, worthwhile, loveable, and wanted. You go to great lengths trying to prove or hide from your fear that you are not enough. You are valuable for being imperfect.
Cyndy embraces the reality that life is inherently messy and that we must navigate the uniquely challenging circumstances along our own life’s journey. She firmly believes that everyone’s actions make sense in the context of their own lives. As such, she takes a normalizing and strengths-based approach, helping her clients find themselves, their truth, their strength, and the ability to give others the space to learn, change and grow as well.
The very same people who are good sometimes are the very same people who are bad sometimes. It’s funny, but it’s true. Isn’t it the same for you?
– Fred Rogers
Cyndy understands that the context of life includes any number of stressors:
- loss of loved ones
- religious confusion
- chronic pain
- mental illness
- marital discord or divorce
- physical disability
- parent-child conflict, and many more.
She honors your individuality and your family, adapting her approach to meet your needs. She understands that life is hard, but firmly believes it does not have to be a patchwork of pain!
Acceptance and empathy create a safe space to heal.
Just like you and your family, Cyndy has experienced a wide variety of messy mosaics in her own life and in the lives of those she loves most. She has witnessed depression, anxiety, sexual and substance addiction, suicide, chronic pain, physical disability, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, intimate partner abuse, crisis of religious faith, loss of loved ones, divorce, adjustment for blended families, painful struggles with sexual identity and lifestyle choices, sexual trauma and more.
Cyndy strives to view her clients with unconditional positive regard, seeing them as human beings with strength and success alongside the weakness and failure they often define themselves by.
She believes every person’s experience is valid and deserves a safe place where it can be expressed, where growth and healing can take place. She helps clients and families find the strength and beauty within them as they work together, and this often changes the way they perceive and experience themselves.
Healing is found in internal and external relationships.
As a marriage and family therapist, Cyndy believes healing is found within our relationships, both those we have with ourselves and those we have with others. A healthy and fulfilling life begins with a solid understanding and honoring of our own inner world. From self-acceptance grows the ability to accept and love others.
Cyndy can help you and your family take steps toward meaningful connection, something we need to survive and thrive. She knows there is a lot of pain to be relieved and hope to be found so joy can be experienced. Cyndy seeks to help others discover how to accept, feel, and love openly, allowing them to heal and enjoy significant connections in their lives.
The connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued – when they can give and receive without judgment.
– Brené Brown
Sometimes things fall apart, but it is possible to find ourselves amidst life’s complexities. Cyndy can support you and your family in your life’s circumstances and help you to find peace, joy, and the ability to connect yourself and with those you love most.
Learn more about Cyndy
Cyndy grew up in Denver, Colorado, and has always loved the mountains and the snow. When she moved to Utah County, she:
- Met and married her husband, Jim
- Together, they raised their family of four boys.
- Focused her studies at BYU on parenting and its adaptation for family life stages.
- Worked with the Stronger Families Project at Utah Valley University as a family liaison and older children’s class coach.
At Utah Family Therapy, she works with our parents and young men’s group as well as her individual and family clients. She loves working with youth, teens, young adults, and their families. Cyndy is passionate about strengthening individual and family relationships.