Mrs. Cynthia Hope Kindgren

Education & Experience

I attended the U of I for my undergraduate work in psychology, and NIU for my graduate work in counseling, graduating with honors. I began treating families at Janet Wattles Mental Health center in 1997. I now specialize in treating emotional and cognitive issues experienced by people with neurological and physical impairments. I completed an internship in neuropsychology at RMH. I then worked in the neuropsychology department at VMHS Rehabilitation Center until 2002, when I began my private practice. I have personal knowledge of how to effectively cope with tragedy and manage pain. I sustained a spinal cord injury in 1991 which resulted in quadriplegia. I was paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a wheel chair that I operated by blowing in a straw. Over the years, I have relearned how to dress myself, feed myself, sit, stand and I now walk with a cane. I have learned how to access and utilize the incredible power of the mind to reduce suffering and pain.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of IL. I am a member of the American I am a member of the American Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association, and the Illinois Mental Health Association. In 2007 I received Hypnosis certification. In 2010 I became certified in EMDR. I have worked in a variety of settings providing assessments and treatment to children, adults, couples and families. I have provided and continue to provide 100s of counseling hours at low cost or no cost.

Specialty Area

  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress Management

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors


  • English


  • BlueCross BlueShield