Cinna is a born and raised Montana girl who loves to spend time outside with her animals, family and friends, whether it be on the river, in the mountains or on the porch enjoying the Montana landscape. Cinna received her bachelor’s in Art Education K-12 Broadfield from Montana State University, which led her to teach Art and Outdoor Rec at a therapeutic boarding school in the Mission Mountains. It was this experience that led her to pursue a master’s that would allow her to work with clients in a more clinical manner through the use of art, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. After attending the University of Montana, she was able to get licensed as an Addiction Counselor in Montana and had the great privilege of serving the communities in southeastern Montana through Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center where she was able to assist in implementing telemed services that allowed folks in more rural areas to attend treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health needs while remaining in their communities and with their families when able. Cinna then returned to the western side of the state and found herself at WMAS in Missoula, where she was able to work with the community to grow the adolescent outpatient program significantly and ultimately led to her becoming the Program Manager and lead clinician for the adolescent inpatient program in that area for several years. Cinna is proud of the work done while with WMAS and the lessons learned from both the amazing staff and clients she worked with while there.
It was this experience that encouraged Cinna to pursue her dreams of being a formally trained Art Therapist. Cinna received her master’s in Art Therapy/Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and remained in the community for several years as the manager of the Special Victims Unit/Family Advocacy Dept where she was able to grow clinically as a professional, but also gained a unique and extensive understanding of what families and survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, chronic abuse and human trafficking navigate both for their own healing and wihtin the criminal justice system and general communities. She worked with 5 corrections facilities in the area as the PREA coordinator, working with incarcerated survivors of sexual assault, as well as providing trainings to staff and mental health providers alike on how to be trauma-informed in their daily engagements in order to work at challenging the trauma of being involved in systems and promote well-being and true healing collectively. Cinna’s unique training and skills related to trauma work, substance use and interrupted family systems has been integral in her success in the field.
Excited to be returning to her roots, Cinna is looking forward to being back in Montana near family and the earth she loves so much. Grateful to be joining Providence Mental Health, she feels that the model being utilized will continue to challenge her to grow professionally and personally, as well as allow her to serve her fellow Montanans with skill and as part of a team resource for the whole family. Cinna is uniquely skilled and trained to practice with the stellar team at PMH and is looking forward to what lies ahead. When not at the office, Cinna can be found doing yoga or pilates, art making at home, traveling to Belize, wandering the river or the mountains with her two dogs, family and friends or playing soccer as often as possible!