Cynthia Post, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist whose private practice is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Post received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire (1984) and her M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
Prior to beginning her private practice, Dr. Post had a myriad of clinical experiences. At her internship at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, she led groups, did family therapy and learned play-therapy skills. She went on to complete a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the D.C. Commission for Mental Health Services, where she double-majored in group and family therapy. After completing her post-doctoral training, she worked in a variety of facilities including a children's mental health center, an outpatient clinic, and a center for victims of child abuse. She led a group therapy program for children and adolescents who had been sexually abused while in a residential treatment center. These experiences prepared her well for opening her own practice in 1992.
Dr. Post works with adolescents in individual and family therapy and with adults in individual and couples therapy. Dr. Post is seeing an increasing number of couples in her practice, and in 2009 she completed an advanced couples training program. She continues to hone her couples training skills by participating in an ongoing, peer-review group where she and other professionals review the latest literature and share strategies that work well with couples. She also meets regularly in a small group of professionals with a senior advisor who provides detailed analysis of difficult therapy cases. Other areas of clinical interest include women's issues and co-parenting. Responding to a growing need for support, she has honed her expertise to work with step-families and with late adolescents and young adults in transition.
Dr. Post completed her dissertation on women who were sexually abused as children and how this relates to depression in adulthood. This research fueled another area of expertise for her, which is working with both adolescents and adults who have been abused. Another related area involves providing therapy to trauma victims, such as people who have been victims of crimes. She also serves as a facilitator to organizations, debriefing employees following traumas experienced while in the work setting.
Dr. Post has provided supervision, consultation, and served as a community liaison to train staff in therapy skills. From 1994 to 1996, she taught Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology at Montgomery College. She has been a member of the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association since 1992. She earned entrance into the National Register of Health Services Providers in 1995 and joined the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2008.
Dr. Post participated in a panel discussion about Child Abuse Prevention on the radio station Oldies 100. Since 1992, she has appeared bimonthly on several FM stations in Maryland discussing a broad spectrum of mental health issues impacting individuals and the community as part of the Maryland Initiative to increase public education. The stations include: 98.7 WMZQ 99.5 HOT, DC101, BIG 100.3 and 97.1 WASH-FM. Following three weeks of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002, Dr. Post provided advice on coping with trauma to audiences of the Today Show, Canadian TV and a local cable TV station.
Licensed Psychologist in Maryland since 1992 Licensed Psychologist in the District of Columbia since 2008
Post-Doctoral Training Program
Post-Doctoral Residency, psychology resident St. Elizabeth's Hospital, The Group, Family and Organizational Branch Washington, D.C. Double majored in Group and Family Therapy, 1990-1992
Post-Doctoral Certificate Programs:
Couples Therapy Training Program Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Completed one-year training program, May 31, 2009
Brief, Solution-Focused Therapy Program Baltimore-Washington Brief Therapy Institute Completed one-year training program, September 30, 1997
Peer-Review Group focusing on Couples Therapy, meeting monthly
Couples-Therapy Supervision Group, meeting biweekly
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Psychological Association, member since 1992 Maryland Psychological Association, member since 1992 National Register of Health Services Providers, member since 1995 Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, member since 2008