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Cynthia Rivera

Cynthia Rivera



A Bit About Me

Hey there! My name is Cynthia and I go by Cyn. I am a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, and a Mental Health Therapist at Ashé Counseling and Coaching. I have been described as caring, empathetic, and funny. My clients have described me as a good listener, warm, and nonjudgmental.

My goal as a therapist is to empower you. I am passionate about creating a safe space for you to tell your life stories where you will feel seen, understood, and cared for. Together we will create goals you wish to meet. I use a psychodynamic and interpersonal approach. I consider how your culture and the trauma you may have experienced has impacted your mind and body. I also use other theories when I see it may benefit the client like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, and Person-Centered. 

I was born and raised in Chicago and am Mexican-American. I attended DePaul University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Master of Education degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My training has included working with students and exploring themes of anxiety, depression, life transitions, identities, relationships, and trauma.

When I am not meeting with clients, I love spending time with my family including my dog, Koba, eating with friends, listening to music and podcasts, and watching tv shows!

Why did you decide to become a counselor?

I became a therapist because I learned listening and having empathy are skills that are important to me and ones that I can provide others towards healing.

What type of clients are you most excited to work with?

I'm most excited to work with clients dealing with interpersonal conflicts.

What's one thing you wish all clients knew?

I wish all clients knew I can relate to them more than they know and they are safe and seen by me.

Why did you choose to practice at Ashe Counseling & Coaching LLC

I chose to practice at Ashe Counseling & Coaching because it met my requirements for what an employer can provide me and the community including: autonomy, diversity, and growth.

My top 3 feel good songs 

What inspires me is hearing stories of how the human spirit can endure and shine through in the face of adversity. 






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