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My approach is about helping people make room for change in their lives. My personal and professional journey has centered on transformation and growth in people. I believe that our experiences and traumas are a result social interactions in our daily environments. This belief informs my therapeutic style, which tends to be collaborative, casual and conversational. While therapy is typically viewed as deep and serious, I think it should be cathartic and enjoyable.
My focus is on how people can negotiate relationships and daily environments in a way that is healthy and minimizes harm to themselves and others. These environments include, but are not limited to the following: home, school, work, social media, the public, family, spirituality, etc. Therapy is a major step toward taking responsibility for oneself and their space in the world.
My effectiveness lies in my intuitive skills and awareness of how our sociopolitical landscapes affect our lives. This includes the influences of social media, popular culture, and the current financial and political climate. Nothing happens in a vacuum and no one is truly alone.
Ultimately, I strive to make the experience invaluable. That means making sure clients implement the skills to address their issues and see marked improvement in their lives.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, HIV / AIDS, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
GA LCSW CSW006659
LA LCSW 16721
Ciara is amazing. She takes the time to listen and she helped me really open up to new things.
Written on Sep 19, 2022 after therapy with Ciara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have completed 2 videos sessions w Ciara so far. Both were focused and very helpful. I am seeking counsel for my Mothering journey. She is really helping me maintain a practical and focused approach. I feel much calmer and optimistic. I plan to continue our sessions.
Written on Jan 17, 2021 after therapy with Ciara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Ciara is a great listener and asks insightful questions. She is intelligent, empathetic and perceptive. I feel incredibly comfortable speaking with her and would highly recommend her.
Written on Jan 16, 2021 after therapy with Ciara for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and sleeping disorders
Ciara is great. She is easy to talk to. I feel like she lets you work through some things mostly by encouraging you talk it out, with some timely questions, observations or suggestions sprinkled in. I find it effective.
Written on Dec 24, 2020 after therapy with Ciara for 8 months on issues concerning depression, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
Ciara is a wonderful therapist. She has helped me work through so much. She has also continued to help me find effective ways of coping with stress. Highly recommend her!
Written on Dec 03, 2020 after therapy with Ciara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I have enjoyed going on therapy with Ciara. She set a positive and benevolent environment where I felt comfortable opening up.
I have always felt at the end of each session refilled in energy, motivation and new tools to help me facing life struggles
Written on Nov 05, 2020 after therapy with Ciara for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem