Cyndi Turner has worked for 25 years in both the public and private sectors, with a professional background that includes serving in clinical as well as supervisory roles. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) and Master Addition Counselor (MAC). As co-founder and Clinical Director of Insight Into Action Therapy, she provides a wide variety of services to include mental health and substance use disorders therapy, clinical supervision, community education, and court-involved assessment and treatment.
She is the co-developer of the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program© and author of “Relapse Reality: Understanding Myths About Relapse in Dual Diagnosis Treatment.” and the “How Do I Know if I Can Keep Drinking? Quiz.” Cyndi has written three books: Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough; The Clinician’s Guide to Alcohol Moderation: Alternative Methods and Management Strategies, and Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Comprehensive Workbook. She designed the Alcohol Moderation Assessment which determines a person’s likelihood of success of practicing alcohol moderation. She is a harm reduction therapist who challenges the traditional belief that all drinkers experiencing problems are “alcoholics” who must quit drinking forever.
Prior to founding Insight Into Action Therapy, Cyndi served as Clinical Director for Finding Solutions Counseling Centers. She has provided services in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and psychiatric setting, including the emergency services unit of a local Community Services Board. She also spent eight years providing intensive in-home services for adolescents, children and families. She believes in strong collaboration with other professionals in order to provide the most effective services possible.
Cyndi’s Areas of Expertise
Cyndi facilitates groups and provides individual and family therapy. In addition to her expertise in the field of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors, she has a special interest in the mind/body connection. As a former competitive swimmer whose career ended prematurely as a result of injuries, and nearly 30 years of vague symptoms that finally led to a diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease, she stresses the importance of exercise and nutrition. She enjoys working with athletes of all levels and provides therapy for players involved with the National Football League’s Program for Substances of Abuse.
Another of Cyndi’s special skills is her ability to form relationships with individuals of any age. She helps find the strengths in people in order to help them conquer the issues with which they may be struggling. As a therapist, she believes people are made up of more than just their problems, and explores creative ways to turn insights into action. She links families with supporters and develops coping strategies that will continue long after the therapeutic relationship has ended.
She is an approved Clinical Supervisor for Licensure and has been qualified as an Expert Witness in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the field of substance abuse and mental health counseling. She is also a national trainer on the topic of alcohol moderation and a topic expert/contributor for GoodTherapy.org.