Counselors

Cindy R. Boyle  MA, LMHC, NCC
Executive Director, Lead Counselor

Professional ACA Member

Cynthia (Cindy) R. Boyle is the Executive Director and Lead Counselor at Boyle Counseling & Consulting.  She has an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the nationally recognized and CACREP accredited program at the University of Northern Iowa. She is active in the local community providing outreach services and collaborating with schools and other agencies to provide clients with the best possible services available. Cindy did extensive work in the area of addiction treatment during her yearlong internship at a chemical abuse/dependence treatment center which provided both inpatient and outpatient treatment.   Her area of focus was individual and family group work, including working with the many dual diagnosis issues prevalent with that population. She also worked with family members of patients who often experienced issues as a result of their relationship with an addicted person, including: anxiety, depression, co-dependence problems, and in younger people, particularly daughters, issues with eating disorders and cutting.

Cindy has extensive experience in group therapy. For the past several years she has been primarily doing group work with children, particularly those with autism spectrum diagnoses. She hopes to work with other agencies to launch a preschool screening initiative helping to identify and provide early intervention for children displaying autistic spectrum qualities.

April and Piper

April and Piper (therapy animals)

Cindy is a Past President of the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association. For several years she was the editor for VISIONS, the online publication for the American College Counseling Association. She has studied using creative therapies in treatment and has training in play therapy and animal assisted therapy. Along with her dog Piper, Cindy has volunteered with the Cedar Valley PETPALS organization. Cindy has presented her research on Animal Assisted Therapy at workshops and conferences around the county. She also has research interests in counseling ethics, personality disorders, and autistic spectrum disorders.  She enjoys educating others and has presented on all these topics in professional workshops at the local, regional, and national levels.  She has been a guest for Iowa Public Radio where she was invited to participate in a discussion about mental health and insurance issues relevant to Iowans.  Cindy continues to be active in volunteer work and advocate for clients in whatever way she can.

*Therapy animals are ONLY present for appointments where clients request this therapy.  At no time will a client encounter an animal unexpectedly.  Typically we use A.A.T. most often in working with children on the Autistic Spectrum, clients who have histories of being abused, and children/families dealing with attachment issues.