Counseling

I see people of all ages and backgrounds and incorporate a range of perspectives, and primarily employ a practical orientation. The ultimate goal of our time together is to work cooperatively to figure out what works best for you and your situation, and can coincidentally be a learning opportunity for me as well. This might be considered the hidden benefit or even better, the true gift of participating in this line of work.

Children:

I have been working with children since the beginning of my career as a counselor. I know how important it is that they have someone they can trust to talk to and connect with in order to share their problems and work on building skills that they will need as they grow. In addition to one-on-one counseling, I have worked with children in a classroom setting. This has granted me a unique perspective in how children function best, and sometimes how they don’t, with others in a variety of settings. I try to bring my knowledge from being a mother of three daughters, a counselor, and an advisor at schools to provide the best possible resources for your child.

 

Teens & Adolescents:

A practical orientation and a sincere respect for other people provide the foundation of my work. My goal in adolescent counseling is to assist teenagers in developing a strong sense of identity rooted in honesty, compassion, self-responsibility, and respect. I help to accomplish this by working together with adolescents as I teach them how to express emotions, communicate needs, increase self-confidence, define values, establish personal boundaries, and gain other life skills to set them up for success academically, emotionally, and socially.

Couples:

My work with couples is diverse, and I try to make my course of action the best for what you may need. Some couples want to always be in sessions together. Others like to do a blend of individual sessions and sessions together. I am open to any options that you may feel helps you best and that I agree is a good course for the best results.

Families:

Sometimes, an issue is not limited to only one family member and it is best to work as an entire unit to solve problems and move forward. When I work with families, I know that each member of that family plays an important role and therefore has so much potential to make a difference and resolve any problems that may arise. I try to work with these individual members and also with the family as a whole in order to provide perspective and tools that sometimes we cannot see on our own!

Contact

Email Me

Phone:
781-733-6044

Office:
College Park
720 Washington Street
Hanover, MA 02339

What Clients Are Saying

16-year-old male

"Counseling helped me to have confidence in myself and to not let anyone put me down."

16-year-old male
2017-10-26T14:10:40+00:00
"Counseling helped me to have confidence in myself and to not let anyone put me down." 16-year-old male

Mother of a 16-year-old female

"Cynthia helped change my daughter's life with humor and understanding while helping me parent more effectively. My daughter could relate to her and trusted her, something that we have not experienced with other therapists. She gave our family loving support and I highly recommend her."

Mother of a 16-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:11:01+00:00
"Cynthia helped change my daughter's life with humor and understanding while helping me parent more effectively. My daughter could relate to her and trusted her, something that we have not experienced with other therapists. She gave our family loving support and I highly recommend her." Mother of a 16-year-old female

Mother of a 17-year-old female

"We searched and searched for a therapist for my daughter. It was important that my daughter feels comfortable with her and the she had the qualifications and experience to really make a difference. It was a long and frustrating process. This one was too weird, that one was too old, and the next one had odd philosophies. And then we found Cynthia. She is like Goldilocks . . . just right! Cynthia knows her stuff, has great rapport with my daughter, and is helping her make important changes in her life."

Mother of a 17-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:11:23+00:00
"We searched and searched for a therapist for my daughter. It was important that my daughter feels comfortable with her and the she had the qualifications and experience to really make a difference. It was a long and frustrating process. This one was too weird, that one was too old, and the next one had odd philosophies. And then we found Cynthia. She is like Goldilocks . . . just right! Cynthia knows her stuff, has great rapport with my daughter, and is helping her make important changes in her life." Mother of a 17-year-old female

17-year-old female

"Counseling has taught me how to more effectively manage my stress and how to identify negative thoughts and change them into more positive thoughts."

17-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:11:42+00:00
"Counseling has taught me how to more effectively manage my stress and how to identify negative thoughts and change them into more positive thoughts." 17-year-old female

Mother of a 20-year-old female

"I am so happy that we were referred to Cynthia Garrett by our pediatrician. My daughter was overwhelmed by a very academically challenging year, and was also struggling silently with her sexual orientation, which we knew nothing about. She learned coping skills and gained self-confidence. Therapy was a safe place for her to go and talk about any problems she was having. She looked forward to these sessions, and her success in therapy made us realize the important of talk therapy with a trained professional."

Mother of a 20-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:11:59+00:00
"I am so happy that we were referred to Cynthia Garrett by our pediatrician. My daughter was overwhelmed by a very academically challenging year, and was also struggling silently with her sexual orientation, which we knew nothing about. She learned coping skills and gained self-confidence. Therapy was a safe place for her to go and talk about any problems she was having. She looked forward to these sessions, and her success in therapy made us realize the important of talk therapy with a trained professional." Mother of a 20-year-old female

Female, 45

“Without these important sessions I feel that I would have probably hidden away and bottled things up, but thanks to Cynthia I am now able to cope much better and believe in myself.”

Female, 45
2017-10-26T14:12:31+00:00
“Without these important sessions I feel that I would have probably hidden away and bottled things up, but thanks to Cynthia I am now able to cope much better and believe in myself.” Female, 45

Female, 40s

"Two years ago I knew that I needed professional help as I was struggling to cope following the breakdown of my marriage. In the peace and quiet of her therapy room, Cynthia gave me the support that I was looking for."

Female, 40s
2017-10-26T14:13:08+00:00
"Two years ago I knew that I needed professional help as I was struggling to cope following the breakdown of my marriage. In the peace and quiet of her therapy room, Cynthia gave me the support that I was looking for." Female, 40s

Male, 48

"I found talking to someone who was on the 'outside' of my problems and my circle of family & friends a great help. I wished I had done it a lot sooner than I did. I would highly recommend anyone to take this route because even now two years on I still take time out to refer back to my sessions with Cynthia when a problem occurs in my life."

Male, 48
2017-10-26T14:13:40+00:00
"I found talking to someone who was on the 'outside' of my problems and my circle of family & friends a great help. I wished I had done it a lot sooner than I did. I would highly recommend anyone to take this route because even now two years on I still take time out to refer back to my sessions with Cynthia when a problem occurs in my life." Male, 48

Female, 50s

"I started to see Cynthia to help with a specific problem, and the benefits of therapy have spread to every aspect of my life. I did not always find it easy to identify how therapy works or whether I was making progress; but I now realize it was a very subtle and long-lasting process.”

Female, 50s
2017-10-26T14:14:05+00:00
"I started to see Cynthia to help with a specific problem, and the benefits of therapy have spread to every aspect of my life. I did not always find it easy to identify how therapy works or whether I was making progress; but I now realize it was a very subtle and long-lasting process.” Female, 50s

Together 10 years

"Cynthia has provided us with a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore the conflicts in our marriage. Her approach to couples therapy has helped us improve our communication, our understanding of ourselves, and our ability to articulate shared goals for our partnership and how to reach them. Cynthia challenges us without pitting us against one another and without being confrontational. She is gracious, patient, kind, thoughtful and compassionate and her guidance has been invaluable to us."

Together 10 years
2017-10-26T14:14:42+00:00
"Cynthia has provided us with a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore the conflicts in our marriage. Her approach to couples therapy has helped us improve our communication, our understanding of ourselves, and our ability to articulate shared goals for our partnership and how to reach them. Cynthia challenges us without pitting us against one another and without being confrontational. She is gracious, patient, kind, thoughtful and compassionate and her guidance has been invaluable to us." Together 10 years

Together 20 years

"We began seeing Cynthia during a very painful time, shortly after an infidelity was revealed. The raw emotions and feelings of betrayal ran very deep for us. Cynthia's counseling helped us make it through that challenge, and also gave us the tools to work on underlying issues in our relationship to make us a stronger couple."

Together 20 years
2017-10-26T14:15:00+00:00
"We began seeing Cynthia during a very painful time, shortly after an infidelity was revealed. The raw emotions and feelings of betrayal ran very deep for us. Cynthia's counseling helped us make it through that challenge, and also gave us the tools to work on underlying issues in our relationship to make us a stronger couple." Together 20 years

Mother of a 13-year-old female

"My daughter learned to recognize her negative thoughts and behaviors, and she learned how to manage them. We have seen major improvements in her interactions with others. She also seems to be happier and more confident." Cynthia was kind, warm, upbeat, and organized. I have already recommended you to other parents."

Mother of a 13-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:05:04+00:00
"My daughter learned to recognize her negative thoughts and behaviors, and she learned how to manage them. We have seen major improvements in her interactions with others. She also seems to be happier and more confident." Cynthia was kind, warm, upbeat, and organized. I have already recommended you to other parents." Mother of a 13-year-old female

15-year-old male

"Through therapy, I learned coping skills to help me lower my anxiety. I started getting more sleep, which helped me focus better in school. I feel more in control of my life and feel hopeful about my future."

15-year-old male
2017-10-26T14:06:34+00:00
"Through therapy, I learned coping skills to help me lower my anxiety. I started getting more sleep, which helped me focus better in school. I feel more in control of my life and feel hopeful about my future." 15-year-old male

Mother of a 15-year-old male

"I was at a loss - my son was unhappy and angry, and kept everything bottled up. He really felt a connection with Cynthia and was able to express his feelings. Cynthia helped my son get to a better, happier place. Our home is peaceful and functioning well again, and we are so grateful to his therapist!"

Mother of a 15-year-old male
2017-10-26T14:10:14+00:00
"I was at a loss - my son was unhappy and angry, and kept everything bottled up. He really felt a connection with Cynthia and was able to express his feelings. Cynthia helped my son get to a better, happier place. Our home is peaceful and functioning well again, and we are so grateful to his therapist!" Mother of a 15-year-old male