Cynthia St. Clair offers Integrative Mental Health and Dance/Movement Therapy at hOMe Collective. Cynthia St. Clair, owner of Wild Moon Integrative Therapies, is a registered psychotherapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. More than anything, Cynthia values developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with people that supports deep transformation over time, and she integrates a number of therapeutic modalities in service of each person’s path of healing.
As a dance/movement therapist, Cynthia’s orientation to counseling is focused toward the body and movement, as she holds the view that, as humans, our minds, emotions, and spiritual selves are deeply connected with our physical bodies.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. DMT can look a lot of different ways depending on the client’s needs or the intent of the group, however, generally this therapeutic modality focuses on sensations in the body, allows for the following of movement impulses, accentuating developing movements with purpose, and then makes meaning of the person’s experiences.
Wild Moon’s integrative model utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a secondary therapeutic modality, and additionally holds a trauma-informed lens. DBT is an evidence-based therapeutic modality focusing on managing emotional dysregulation and interpersonal conflict through mindfulness. By learning specific skill sets focused on behavioral change, DBT clients can see radical changes in their day-to-day lives. Cynthia is currently studying Somatic Experiencing (SE), a trauma-specific, body-based, resolution therapy based in neuroscience that she is beginning to incorporate into her work as well. SE posits that unresolved trauma responses get “stuck” in our nervous systems, however can be uncovered, sequenced through, and ultimately healed so that we may live the full lives we have a right to. SE works well in tandem treatment with DBT in that the former serves to resolve underlying trauma, while the later focuses on managing the symptoms of the trauma in daily life.
Further, Cynthia is a certified yoga teacher specializing in women-specific practice and lifestyle counseling for the menstrual cycle. Her feminist lens supports the psychotherapeutic holding of sociocultural and institutional levels for individuals, as well as awareness of intersectionality for those with marginalized identities. Wild Moon integrates Yoga, an ancient practice involving breath, meditation and the use of various postures that can decrease the effects of stress, as well as evidence-based therapeutic approaches to emotional wellness, such as making changes to sleep, diet, and exercise.
Cynthia specializes in issues related to the menstrual cycle and uses the above modalities to support clients toward living more balanced lives. Cynthia feels that each person possesses the innate capacity to heal themselves, and views her role of dance/movement therapist as one of supporting people into an increased awareness of area of imbalance – so that they may restore emotional resilience and overall vitality!
Wild Moon Integrative Therapies is for clients who are finally ready to heal from the inside out. Cynthia treats clients challenged by Amenorrhea/Menorrhagia, Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Pregnancy/Postpartum concerns, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Peri-menopausal Distress, and related issues, in addition to clients who are simply craving a deeper connection to their body’s cycles. She realizes that anxiety, depression, and rage have patterns. Ever since her teen years, she struggled with these types of problems that seemed to come out of nowhere. This cycle of suffering worsened as Cynthia aged until she was finally was diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (a severe form of PMS) in her 30’s. Since then, she has committed herself to healing through her body, rather than in spite of it. What she has learned through her own (sometimes rocky) journey is that healing fully is possible! When she works with clients, they know that they no longer have to suffer alone because she has been there too. Cynthia is thankful for her struggles because they have allowed her to deepen her relationship with spirit and have provided her a well of inner strength she previously never thought possible. Wild Moon was born out of Cynthia’s strong belief in the intrinsic internal medicine available to each of us when we slow down to be with Self and listen deeply to Spirit.
Prior to her life as a therapist, Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Dance and Choreography from Temple University, and spent the following decade working in the New York City arts community as a performer, creator, teacher, and administrator. That experience greatly informs her work with clients today in that she has had amazing access to many diverse individuals in a myriad of different roles, and considers therapy to be an artform. More recently, she has had the incredible opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings across Colorado’s Front Range with individuals experiencing a wide range of sometimes complicated symptoms and diagnoses. Cynthia also highly values international travel and cross-cultural exchange, and feels fortunate to have spent significant swaths of her life in Europe, Asia, and South America. Wild Moon is involved in the anti-human trafficking movement here in Colorado, and is beginning to lay foundation for future international work in this sector.
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