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Professional Counselor

Cicely Holston, MA, counseling for moms

Welcome! My name is Cicely. Here are some common questions about me!

Who are you?

Depends on where you catch me. First, I am a mom to a few little angels 😉. I have been doing this Momming thing for well over a decade (teenagers are GREAT!) Typically, while wrangling the smalls, I am also making suggestions to my husband. For now, they allow me to leave to attend my daytime job as a school-based therapist. I have a bunch of siblings, I am somewhere in the middle. When I can steal some free time (ha ha), I enjoy Schitt's Creek, quality time with my girlfriends, wine and food! If you can't tell already, I am slightly sarcastic and try to see the humor in almost everything - it is a lifesaver! Comedy and music have been integral for my own personal healing and in my aim to help my clients find healing as well. 

What is your education and professional background?

I am a Master’s level clinical mental health counselor. I earned my Masters Of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kutztown University, after earning my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Albright College. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Addiction at Walden University. *I am currently seeking licensure, being supervised by Ryan Bowers, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC. I have been working in the social services field since 2017, after leaving a corporate administrator position of over a decade. I have spent time in Case Management, Family Based Counseling, Multi-systemic Therapy (children and families managing disruptive behaviors), and  Substance Use Disorder treatment, and most recently, a school-based therapist. I have worked with diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, ODD, conduct disorder, and others. This second career is my true calling, allowing me to support and empower all individuals to achieve healthy, adaptive goals and desires of their creation. 
 

What kind of counselor are you?

An awesome kind, of course!! Oh ... the professional answer: I view my clients and their stories through a Narrative Therapy lens; however, I use interventions from all theories. Most people are familiar with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which I utilize, in addition to DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and others. Individuals are not "one size fits all" therefore, neither is counseling. One thing I tell my clients, I will never tell you what you should or should not do - how would I know? What I will do is explore the options and walk through scenarios with honesty and without judgement. I bring alot of my experiences into session, to normalize some of those "not so nice" mom feelings and to show that vulnerablity is beautiful. 

Who do you work with?

I match best with parents and caregivers and their kids. Specifically, I specialize in working with mothers of teens and with teens (12 - 18) who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger issues. Although these are my specialty areas, I work with individuals from all age groups and backgrounds. If you are not a mother nor a teen, it is okay; that is what the free consultation is for! Reach out and lets see if I can make a meaningful impact in your life. 

 

Are you active in the community?
I am. Professional organizations include active memberships in American Counseling Association, Greater Reading Young Professionals (GRYP), Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, as well as other networking and professional organizations. Berks County is my hometown; born in Reading and raised in the local suburbs. Follow Phoenix Wellness on Facebook to see what community event I'm participating in next!

 

 

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