Cyndi Collen, LMSW
More than twenty years ago I earned a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Texas in Austin and in 2014 graduated with a Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas in Austin. I have been practicing psychotherapy as an intern for nearly three years and throughout this time I have been supervised and mentored by Susan Vichick-Johnson, LCSW.
After my undergraduate studies, the first two decades of adulthood were defined by international travel, single motherhood and corporate sales management in the New York City metro area. The common thread throughout all of my life experiences was assigning important value to relationships and this awareness led me back to social work and Austin. Living my life in accordance with this value allows me to feel honored and appreciative of the therapeutic relationships I build with individual and group clients.
Throughout the therapeutic process, I use Mindfulness-based and Attachment-based theories to guide our work so that you can explore growth opportunities and possibilities. I am also a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher (CKYT) and, if you desire, I can bring aspects of Kundalini yoga, such as prescriptive breathing techniques and meditations, into our work.
Therapy services include adult individuals and groups. I am committed to treating every client with respect, empathy, dignity and without judgment.
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment is available for the following challenges:
• BiPolar and mood disorders
• Relationship difficulties
• Substance abuse
• Trauma-related disorder
• Family of origin issues
Group therapy, either on its own or in conjunction with individual therapy, is an evidenced-based modality proven to improve client outcomes. Clients who enroll in group therapy can:
• Achieve a sense of ease with sitting and speaking with other people
• Increase self-awareness and self-esteem by listening and helping other members
• Experience interacting with others in a ‘judgment free’ zone
• Challenge their distorted thoughts about themselves and learn to modify them through comparing their personal evaluations to those of group members
• Experience and cultivate meditative skills