Cynthia Shaw, MSW, LICSW
Cynthia Shaw, MSW, LICSW, brings twenty years of clinical experience in various settings to Rain City Therapy, specializing in trauma-informed psychotherapy with teens, adults, and families. Her holistic approach emphasizes empowerment of the individual, creating trust and a strong sense of emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual safety. Cynthia has taught graduate-level courses at the University of Washington School of Social Work, including Treatment for Interpersonal Violence and Trauma. She also provides clinical mentoring and trauma consultation for other licensed therapists, and co-facilitates workshops on Anti-Racism, White Racial Literacy, and Racial Identity Development.
People with whom I work have experienced dramatic or unexpected life change, job separation, relationship loss – including the traumatic death of a loved one – complex grief, family substance abuse, or physical, sexual or psychological trauma. I see myself as a compassionate collaborator whose purpose is to guide you on your journey toward self-discovery and the restoration of hope and wholeness.
Social justice and cultural relevancy are core values to me. I welcome clients of diverse faith, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, gender expressions, and/or other identities. The secret to sustaining my passion for this work include gratitude, playfulness, humor, optimism, loving relationships, a crazy love dog, travel and radical self-care.
- Master of Social Work, Health/Mental Health Concentration, University of Washington
- Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, University of Washington
- Post-graduate training in Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Neuroscience-informed treatment for Complex PTSD and related childhood attachment wounds
- Major clinical influences include Brené Brown, Janina Fisher, Bessel van der Kolk, Pete Walker, Leonard Shaw and, of course, my valued clients and colleagues.
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