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Cyndi Hawkes


Cyndi (she/her) has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is currently working toward her licensure. Cyndi identifies as Black/African American and is passionate about working with marginalized and unserved populations. Cyndi has been in the social work field for over nine years working with several populations from adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

She specializes in working with adults, adolescents and their families dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief/loss, and suicide. She uses strength-based practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions and expressive therapy.

Before coming to Be and Belong Counseling, Cyndi spent a lot of time in hospitals and school agencies providing case management, treatment plans, evaluations, emotional support, and counseling. Soon after Cyndi began facilitating workshops and support groups full time, as community partner within school and other agencies. Her passion is being able to connect with clients whether it be in an individual session or group setting. She enjoys working with all populations and helping empower people to find the joy and fulfillment in their lives.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys practicing self-care and spending time with her family and friends while traveling.

Cultural Resume

•  I am a Black African American that was raised by a single mom.

• I am the first college graduate of my family.

• Substance abuse and addiction runs heavily in my family

• I have a younger brother serving Federal Prison time, and has been incarcerated since the age of 16 so I am very aware of our justice system and the loopholes of rehabilitation after being incarcerated.

• I come from a family that had stigmas around mental health and did not believe in therapy but believed in religion as a healer.

• I connect well with people of color and understand cultural differences and generational trauma.