Ciara Simonson, M.Div., M.S. is an Imago Trained and Safe Conversations facilitator. She brings a heart of compassion, genuine care and empathic understanding in her counseling practice. Ciara’s approach to working with clients includes a combination of cognitive behavioral theory and person-centered therapy. She offers her clients support, guidance, and structure for developing self-awareness and acceptance, finding their voices to own their truth, and freedom to affect meaningful change in their lives. Ciara identifies herself as the “wounded healer” who shares her passion for healing and wholeness with individuals, couples, groups and through workshops. Ciara’s compassion for humanity, her theological background combined with communication skills allows her to help people address and identify their beliefs, attitudes, manage their expectations and plans for healing, growth and self-actualization.
AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Ciara has extensive knowledge, skills, and abilities in counseling, human services, and leadership development. She is experienced in faith formation, spiritual direction, clergy support/coaching, career coaching, treating anxiety, depression, anger, grief, adjustment issues, mood disorders, premarital and marital issues, divorce, co-parenting, women’s services including infertility, anti-partum and post-partum depression, and early pregnancy loss bereavement.
Ciara is currently a Virginia Resident Marriage and Family Therapist in Supervision with Ellie Cunanan Petty LMFT. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University of Maryland. She received her Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Simonson served as a Chaplain at George Washington University Hospital. She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Georgetown University Hospital including one unit of mental health care at St. Elizabeths. Ciara Simonson is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
Ciara’s greatest joy is sharing the honor of parenting her two kids and engaging the fullness of life with her loving husband, Victor Simonson.