Cynthia Grow, MS, PsyD (in progress) Dually Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Trauma Specialist CA License #85046 and FL #2636 Doctoral Intern #PSB94020487 (352) 242-8767 Email Me
Hello, and welcome to The New Beginnings Center! I absolutely love what I do, and I appreciate your courage in seeking therapy. At times this can feel like a huge step, but it's really like having a skilled companion on a safe, self-paced journey, customized specifically for you. Sometimes problems can feel overwhelming so concentrated focus is important for relief. Sometimes just a "check-up" is nice. Either way, you'll find me to be very client centered, compassionate, and gentle in the therapeutic process.
Little "t" to Big "T" trauma
Emotional needs of the gifted/talented/highly creative
Emotional needs of GLBTQ individuals/couples/families
Life transitions (job, death, move, empty nest, etc.)
Early attachment/caregiver bonding
More -- ask me!
In addition to being highly skilled in helping clients address depression, anxiety, grief, life-transitions, relationships, eating disorders, divorce, parenting, loss, and other issues, I'm an EMDR trauma therapist specializing in “little t” to “Big T” trauma. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which is a “manual” form of our automatic, natural REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During REM sleep, which happens about 20 minutes out of every 90 minutes, we process the stresses and experiences of the day and file what we’ve learned in our brains for future reference. Trauma is a very subjective experience—what may be traumatic for me might not be for you, and vice versa. However, a traumatic experience creates its own neuro-pathway in the brain and does not get processed during REM sleep. Hence, we get stuck in the trauma. Even though we might not be consciously thinking about it we begin viewing the world and making choices significantly influenced by the unprocessed trauma. This is also why we experience flashbacks and triggers as if past trauma is happening in present time. EMDR therapy actually processes the trauma—it removes the emotional charge and allows the brain to process the experience—which we then can learn from and file away for future reference. We still remember the trauma, but the emotional charge is gone and we get “un-stuck.” We recover from the pain and can make healthier choices.
As an EMDR therapist, I also specialized in the emotional needs of gifted/talented/ highly creative individuals, and members of the GLBTQ community because many in these populations can feel highly sensitized or sensitive, which means that every-day experiences can feel devastating or traumatic. Furthermore, research reveals that these populations are also subjected to more bullying and ostracizing than the average population as a whole. Therefore, these unique characteristics and experiences can make trauma recovery a critical ingredient in achieving balance and full potential.
On a more personal note, I've recently completed all required doctoral coursework in Applied Clinical Psychology, and I’m about to finish my dissertation and clinical hours. I’m currently a part-time licensed therapist and doctoral intern at The Bella Vita, A Beautiful Life eating disorder outpatient clinic in Woodland Hills, where I also see private clients, as well as a part-time therapist here at The New Beginnings Center. When I’m not writing my dissertation, you can find me engrossed in exciting who-done-it fiction, watching most any period British movie or TV series, or engaging in graphite portraiture, which for me, is kind of like knitting. I’m also a very proud member of the Los Robles Master Chorale under the immensely qualified artistic directorship of Lesley Leighton, named the first associate conductor in the history of Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Please give me a call or send me a confidential email at email@example.com. Therapy is the best decision you can make for yourself when in pain or feeling confused and overwhelmed. I’ll hold the lamp while we gently walk down the path together. I look forward to hearing from you!
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