Cynthia  Valentine
Zencare Vetted

Cynthia Valentine

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Master of Arts, MA
California, Hawaii Accepting Online
San Diego Not Accepting In-person
Updated August 2, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Loss and grief
  • Mindfulness
  • ADHD

Professional statement

Cynthia Valentine is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA, who helps clients navigate such issues as anxiety, panic disorders, life transitions, and depression. Compassionate and engaging, Cynthia's clients often tell her she's friendly, funny and tends to get straight to point. To her, life isn't that complicated; it's uncomfortable sometimes, but not complicated. She takes the same approach to therapy. Therapy doesn't always feel good but there is a meaningful way forward. She'll invite you to feel your feelings, and sometimes that's hard, but this time you have back up.

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), she'll teach you how to open up to the present moment using mindfulness skills that actually work for you. . She'll teach you what acceptance really means, and how to practice it so it makes a difference in your life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy isn't complicated. It is an approach that helps you develop psychological flexibility. Rigid thinking serves very precise purposes and when our feelings don't fit into those purposes, we struggle. Becoming more flexible, and learning to hold our thoughts and feelings with less rigidity, allows us more space, mentally and physically, to engage in things that really matter to us.

Cynthia's professional background includes working with addiction, anxiety depression, in-patient and teens. She takes ongoing training seriously and continues to level-up her skills and working knowledge of therapy. After getting her MA in 2015, she worked in various settings including in-patient for addiction and serious mental illness, with kids and teens in the school setting and after becoming licensed in 2018, opened her private practice, Let's Begin Therapy.

Cynthia is dedicated to earning your trust and helping you live a life that you have a say in.


Message to clients

Therapy is not all doom and gloom. Your feelings aren't too much for you to handle, always. They may be too much to handle right now, though. And that's where therapy helps. Therapy is a space we enter to FEEL our feelings... I know, I used the "F" word, and in this case it stands for both "feel" and "feelings." In therapy with me, we explore those "F" words together. If you've done some of your own work, that may help us along. If this is your first time in therapy, your life experience is plenty. You have everything you need to begin learning, healing and growing.

Our feelings are our allies. They tell us, sometimes too strongly, when something important is nearby. Together we'll find out what's really important to you and what it is that will help you act on those qualities. Maybe fear shows up when you are starting to connect with someone.The fear stops you. The connection ends. Connection may be important to you because you like having close friends, and shared intimacy. We'll learn ways to be with that fear so it doesn't stop you from connecting. Together, we'll identify those values most important to you so you can participate in a full life. Your full life.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Panic disorders - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Cynthia Valentine is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $145 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

San Diego practice
2816 Adams Avenue, San Diego, California 92116
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Hawaii)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am-5pm
  • Tue 8am-5pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8am-3pm
  • Fri 8am-3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
OAS Center, Specialized Therapy Services, 2016 - Present
Trader Joes, 2008 - 2014

National University, MA, Counseling Psychology, 2015
Sonoma State University, BA, Business Administration, 2006


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"I wanted to work with someone on a more personal level, and I really liked that Cynthia didn’t ask me any generic questions from the get-go."
- Zencare client • October 2020