Learn More About Me
Cicely Holston, MA, NCC
(aka Badass Miracle Worker)
Welcome! My name is Cicely. Here are some common questions about me!
What is your education and professional background?
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 supervisor and therapist in the Reading School District. I have worked with diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, ODD, conduct disorder, and others. *I am seeking licensure, supervised by Ryan Bowers, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CAADC.
What kind of counselor are you?
A no BS, culturally informed and culturally focused kind. I respect my clients' autonomy and confidentiality without exception. I view my clients and their stories through a Cultural 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 TF-CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and others. Individuals are not "one size fits all"; therefore, neither is counseling. 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 judgment. I bring many of my experiences into the counseling session to normalize some of those feelings that can create guilt and shame to show that vulnerability is beautiful.
In my Own Words:
My most valuable skills were not acquired during grad school or within the classroom walls but from my experiences. I am proud to be a vocal member of several social and cultural margins: Female, BIPOC, LGBTQA+, ACOA, and others. My clients feel heard and seen! Humor and safety are essential to my life and, therefore, integral to my treatment.
I aim to join with my clients to create space that celebrates:
• Challenging society’s view of success for the BIPOC population
• Defining and embracing your household’s composition to what works for you.
• Exploring your needs as a parent, adolescent, student, spouse, etc.
• Navigating through your upbringing to identify how much of your culture impacts how you are trying to live today.
• Setting boundaries (one of my favorites!)
• Viewing the connections between relationships, past and present.
With the teen population:
• Be heard during a development period when no one seems to listen.
• Ask questions without anyone jumping into panic mode or to conclusions.
• Improve communication skills in preparation for challenging conversations and self-advocacy.
• Set and respect boundaries.
• Balance the conflicting expectations of dependency and independence
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