I firmly believe in the value of promoting mental health wellness within our BIPOC communities.
Learn About Me and How I Can Help
Cynthia Zepeda, LCSW
Hola! my name is Cynthia Gisel Zepeda, and I am a bilingual psychotherapist at Latinx Talk Therapy. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about serving and uplifting the mental health of our diverse Latinx community. As a trauma therapist, I understand the ambivalence and vulnerability of engaging in therapy and the importance of building trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship. Therefore, through a client-centered approach, I establish a supportive, safe space where my clients can process their thoughts and feelings without judgment and begin to explore the unique circumstances that have brought them to therapy.
I am passionate about prevention work, supporting parents and families who have experienced complex trauma, navigating the unique challenges that come with parenting, and helping break the intergenerational cycles of trauma that can exist within our Latinx community. I am also passionate about supporting parents with children 0-5 establish attachment and help little ones process traumatic events they witnessed.
I respect my client’s journey and uphold my social work values in which I see my client as the expert in their lives. While, I am the container to help navigate and resolve complex issues, whether they are experiences of trauma such as domestic violence, parent-child relation issues, sexual abuse, depression, and anxiety. Or adjustment to everyday life stressors, I am here to walk this path with them.
Get to Know A Little Bit More About Me
I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and raised in the Bronx, New York, at the age of 2. My parents are immigrants from Tela, Honduras. I grew up surrounded by different Latinx cultures, and I honor those lived experiences. I am humble about the other practices within each culture. I am a native Spanish speaker and a first-generation college student.
I began my career at Nazareth College in upstate New York and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. I moved to Chicago in 2015 to work towards my master’s degree, and I graduated in 2015 with a master’s in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
My career has focused over the years on working in community mental health, focusing on issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual abuse trauma. Also, over the last four years, I have worked with DCFS involved families both within a caseworker and therapeutic setting. I firmly believe in the value of promoting mental health wellness within our BIPOC communities.
I am an outdoorsy person! During my free time, I enjoy being in nature and exploring all the forest preserves and green spaces Chicagoland offers. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, and I stay on my toes as I parent two children under age 5. I love attending the diverse street festivals Chicago offers, and I never get bored of exploring all the different neighborhoods in Chicago. My favorites so far have been Pilsen, Humboldt Park, and Ravenswood. Self-Care is a must in my book, and I practice it by committing to waking up an hour before my family wakes up and heading to indoor spinning and strength training classes. I also enjoy drinking and eating cafecito y pan dulce in the afternoons.
I work primarily with ethnic minorities to address trauma, adjustment issues, family issues, parenting challenges. In addition, I provide treatment for trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, work-life balance, and relationships.