What Our Clients Are Saying…
When we walked into Ciara’s office we basically had lost all hope. We had been in couples therapy once before earlier in our relationship and it was a disaster. But Ciara’s approach was different, her style of working with us helped me see what was really going on under the surface, which was news to me. It was very eye-opening for both of us. Now if we’re not seeing eye-to-eye, we approach it from a whole other way and somehow we usually end up feeling closer.
I came in looking to blame and change my partner. With counseling I ended up changing my perspective and now my anger has diminished and our love has grown.
Ciara kept us focused on one issue at time. We reconnected. We were able to communicate with each other in a totally new way.
My husband and I are just very different—different personalities, parenting style, foods and music we like—everything seemed like a struggle. We weren’t using the D word but I could tell we were both beginning to pull away so I suggested we seek help. Ciara allowed us to feel comfortable and clarify what was going on in our marriage: We had been locked in a power struggle for years and I was finally able to let my guard down and share all these feelings that I wasn’t really even aware I had because I was always fighting for my position. We are still opposites in a lot of ways but our marriage is different now…we laugh a lot more, we’re more vulnerable and we even let each other off the hook. Therapy was a real gift to us and I believe that working with Ciara was the right choice to turn our marriage around.
I had already called a lawyer before we started couples therapy. I’m so glad I took this chance because we are still together. We look back at that time and have grown as a couple so much.
Dr. C became a trusted ally in sorting out why our relationship was so volatile and always felt unstable even though my partner and I had been together for years. She had hope when we had none, and accurately diagnosed my bipolar disorder which had always fallen under the radar but was wreaking havoc on our relationship. Once this was being addressed and things calmed down, she helped us learn how to relate to each other in much more satisfying ways…I can’t thank her enough.
Ciara has helped me come to terms with the things I went through and as a result I no longer feel held back by my past. I look toward the future with a mix of hope and excitement now.
I met Ciara during the most difficult time of my life. In the divorce process, I was alone and a mess… she coached me through it. Two years later, I feel ready to begin to trust and love again.
I made changes in my life as a direct result of counseling to be more positive and I think a better role model for my children.
When I found out my husband had cheated I became completely and totally crazy. I felt disconnected from family and friends, looked at his phone 50 times per day, got obsessed with social media and following him everywhere, I wanted to stay together but couldn’t finish my work day without screaming or crying. He was willing to talk but everything he said made it worse. My sister in law insisted we go to counseling and thank god. I am not perfect but I am more normal than I ever was after the affair and that is saying something. Ciara has helped me regain control of my thoughts and our relationship sanity.
Ciara helped me make some very valuable gains in my relationship style. I now know what I want and deserve.
Ciara has the ability to accept me exactly as I am while challenging me to be the person I know I can be. I’m kinder to myself now but also hold myself accountable in ways I never did before working with her.
She was the first person in my life to call me by my chosen name and honor my choice [to transition]. She gave me the soft place to land and sounding board for my pain when “friends” weren’t there +info for support groups and doctors. I continue to check in with her and don’t think she will ever know how much hope and happiness I have as a result of her giving me a voice in therapy.
I’ve been with my husband for 32 years. I love him dearly but our sex life was just not very satisfying. It was hard to open up and talk about it with him but with every session I felt more comfortable and we were finally able to figure out where we were going awry. Ciara was really talented at getting beyond the shame or embarrassment and helping us experience each other in new and different ways. Now I can say we are finally learning to enjoy each other in bed.
My wife stopped wanting to be intimate after our second child. I felt like a jerk asking her all the time and wondered if we would ever have that passion again. I started to question my own abilities and not surprisingly, my manhood and self esteem plummeted. The doctor she visited wasn’t helpful and we went into therapy without a lot of hope. Together we learned about our own timing, desires, and how to communicate and ask for intimacy. She is working on reading and therapy too.
I’m in my late twenties but have never really enjoyed or had a desire for sex. It became a problem with my girlfriend (now fiance) and I realized I needed to seek outside help. It was a relief to learn I wasn’t abnormal and to go somewhere I didn’t feel judged for my feelings. Looking back at my early experiences [talking about it] has helped.
My upbringing was never talk about sex. I felt so guilty for so long. I wish I had this sooner.
I suffered from erectile dysfunction ever since college and while I could rely on Viagra, I just didn’t want to. Ciara helped me understand how the things I was doing were working against my performance and let go of all the anxiety I had developed. It’s been over a year and I haven’t had any issues with ED. I feel so much better about myself I can finally get out of my own head.