Credentials and Professional Experience
Dr. Cindy Edins is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educational Psychologist with a PhD in Educational Psychology and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Cindy has over 15 years’ experience counseling and 10 years’ experience teaching psychology at the college level. Dr. Cindy has advanced training through the Beck Initiative for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for which she holds a current certification. She is also certified as a substance abuse counselor through the 7 – Challenges program which supports the clients in making healthy decisions about their drug and alcohol choices. She holds certifications current in Motivational Interviewing, CAMS Anger Management, CANS/ANSA, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk, CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) Suicide Model, Survivors of Suicide support group model, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), Transition to Independent Processing Model, TREM – Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model, DBT – Dialectic Behavior Therapy – through the Linehan Institute, PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), animal behavior specialist, animal assisted therapist, as well as special certifications through the Department of Social Work with University of Georgia for work with Teens.
Dr. Cindy has spent the last 15 years fighting stigma related to mental health. She has spoken at numerous conferences including but not limited to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) during their 2017 National Conference on Cognitive Therapy in Recovery; Georgia State Behavioral Health Symposium in 2017 on Schizophrenia and current treatment options, as well as several other engagements in 2015 and 2016 for the State of Georgia and Advantage Behavioral Health. Dr. Cindy was the Key Note Speaker for Argosy Universities’ annual research convention in 2013 where she spoke on her published research regarding Animal Assisted Therapy and the effects with people diagnosed with a mental health illness.
Dr. Cindy Edins uses a humanistic- person/centered approach to therapy while utilizing cognitive/behavioral and animal assisted therapies to help clients to consider their situations and creatively find meaningful ways to work through their trails and tribulations and they go through this journey called life. She works with Animal Assisted Therapy dog, Ally, to help clients relax and develop the counselor/client relationship so imperative to treatment. It is Dr. Cindy’s belief that each person must strive to be the best individual they can be while maintaining their own individuality. While we are all different and we all hold different beliefs, Dr. Cindy helps to empower people to realize their own dreams and aspirations in life. Dr. Cindy works with the teenage population helping both families and their teenagers bridging that communication gap to achieve a healthier family environment throughout those teen years. While Dr. Cindy works with a broad audience she specializes with the teen population and helping families through difficult times. Dr. Cindy is also specially trained for work with clients suffering with schizophrenia, psychosis of any kind, bipolar and major depression disorder through the Beck Initiative with Georgia State.
Areas of Expertise:
- Trauma and Abuse
- PTSD – Specifically Rape/Abuse
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Schizophrenia (Any psychotic type disorder)
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Ray of Hope Counseling Services accepts all forms of insurance and Medicaid, has seven convenient locations in Kennesaw, GA, Alpharetta, GA, Conyers, GA, Athens, GA, Canton, GA, Peachtree City, GA and East Cobb/Marietta, GA also serving the surrounding counties.
Call us at (678) 213-2194