Cynara Blackwood


About Me

Hi I’m Cynara, a Mental Health Counselor licensed in the state of Oregon with over 12 years experience in the mental health field. I have been working in the area of mental health crisis intervention for the past 6 years and have had the opportunity to work with many clients experiencing various emotional and mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, and those experiencing issues related to trauma. I also have experience working with those struggling with addiction and safety concerns. There is help available and Im so happy you’re reaching out!

My counseling style is warm and interactive, friendly, and honest. I believe in treating all people with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and strength based techniques as a foundation however I will adjust my approach based on our dialogue in order to best fit your needs and empower you to progress towards your goals. You can expect me to be genuine and real - I believe this is necessary for people to truly get the most out of counseling.

When I'm not in the field providing counseling to others, I enjoy spending time with family and friends playing games, watching movies, sharing meals, laughing, and enjoying the simple things in life.

Connection is the foundation of human happiness and no one should feel as though they have to suffer alone. Our minds and souls do not operate that way. I'm thrilled we have this opportunity to connect online - no longer having to wait for the next appointment to share our thoughts, reflect, or start working on feeling better.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #C4357 (Expires: 2019-09-30)


Written by L.I. on Nov 19, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 10 months on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

I've had numerous negative events happen in my life over the past few months. Cynara's insight and compassion has been the Velcro which kept my rear end attached. She has given me some great tools to deal with anxiety and depression which have accompanied these life circumstances. I genuinely look forward to my time with her and recommend her highly for anyone seeking mental health support.

Written by T.A. on Nov 08, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 11 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I think she is the best person for me she listens to me and I trust her a lot!!!!!

Written by K.I. on Sep 22, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Cynara is an awesome person to talk to and she really knows how to show you the importance of putting yourself first. I’m so glad I was matched with her and I truly feel like however big or smal the goal is in achieving better overall well being- she will help you get there and be there for you along the way.

Written by N.A. on Sep 15, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and eating

Cynara is an incredible listener. I really feel that she understands me and what I am trying to accomplish through therapy. When my anxiety reaches explosive levels I sometimes withdraw and isolate. Cynara is supportive and understanding and gently reaches out when this happens. I feel safe telling her my feelings. I would highly recommend Cynara for anyone who needs help looking inward from a caring and experienced counselor.

Written by H.A. on Jul 03, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Cynara helped me acknowledge and work through some anxiety and perfection issues. She always seemed to guide me to come up with my own answers rather than telling me what the answer was. She provided helpful coping techniques and I’m very grateful I was matched with her. Thank you!!!

Written by L.I. on Feb 18, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 2 weeks

Even when I'm feeling lost, Cynara is always patient and respectful.

Written by A.N. on Feb 12, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, and family

Cynara is kind, genuine, intuitive, intelligent, and knows what I need to be addressing right now and how I can work through it to move on. She has been available and such an encouragement to me.

Written by C.C. on Jan 23, 2018 after counseling with Cynara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

She is great. She checks on me making sure everything is good.

Written by C.O. on Dec 27, 2017 after counseling with Cynara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, and self esteem

Cynara is an incredibly intuitive and skilled counselor. She listens actively, seeks to understand, is very engaged with her patients, and very tuned in to the best way to address their concerns and challenges. She is very respectful and supportive, yet highly effective. Our sessions always end with a takeaway activity for me to work on for our next session, and she always follows up our video sessions with follow-up notes. I had a rocky start on BetterHelp, but since being paired with Cynara my experience has improved 150%.

Written by N.I. on Dec 06, 2017 after counseling with Cynara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and sleeping

Cynara is most understanding, and very calming to interact with. This means absolutely everything when you are seeking help. I've been through many different forms/years of therapy; Cynara stands out from the crowd big time with this trait. I enjoy working through problems with her; as she listens thoroughly and is on my level. I have a propensity to confuse a lot of therapists/counselors, and after just a few video sessions Cynara has a very good understanding of me. I highly recommend Cynara as a kind, intelligent, and helpful professional.