Cynthia began her interest as a counselor when she was 19 years old when recruited as a part-time Peer Counselor at Butte College in Northern California. She was trained and hired to work with college retention of returning college students, and the acculturation and retention of international students. She worked as a volunteer with the Rape Crisis Intervention Program in Chico, California and volunteered with the Agape program dedicated to the emotional support of family members of dying hospital patients. Given her love to help those in need, she also dedicated her spare time to translate for the migrant worked when physically injured on the job. As part of her desire to understand various cultures, she traveled to Stockholm, Sweden and volunteered a summer assisting immigrants with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. This was all accomplished before the age of twenty one.
She continued her academic career as a counselor employed by California State University, Chico, and San Diego State University during her Upper Division course work in Psychology. She also dedicated a year of voluntary work in a psychiatric hospital in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.
After she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, she moved to San Diego and was employed with the San Diego Unified School District counseling students who were at high risk of academic failure.
As she studied for the Master's of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, at San Diego State University's Community Based Block Program, she advanced in her clinical skill and began working specifically in the areas of mental health. She was enthusiastic in acquiring more experience as a psychotherapist. By 1983 she began reaching her personal goal of treating serious clinical conditions from oppositional teens to the severely mentally ill patients. In 1988, after she completed her clinical internships working in National City and San Diego Community Clinics and hospitals, and passing her California state board exams, she was granted her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and began her private practice.
Over the course of her career, Cynthia has been called upon to be an expert witness for the San Diego County Criminal and Family Courts treating victims of serious crimes including rape, domestic violence, child abuse, kidnapping and attempted murder. She has also been certified to counsel people with addictions and those loved ones affected by it. She was one of a few couples who spearheaded the local chapter of Recovering Couple Anonymous in San Diego to help the addicted individual and their partners develop a relationship based not only on sobriety but also in the development of respectful and functional communication and commitments.