Cyndi Turner has been in the mental health and substance use disorders treatment field for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) and a Master Addition Counselor (MAC). As Co-founder & Clinical Director of Insight Into Action Therapy, she runs the outpatient private practice and provides individual, group, and family therapy, supervision for licensure, community education, and court-involved assessment and treatment. In 2018, she, Craig James, and Angie Harris wanted to expand their continuum of care and created Insight Recovery Centers, an outpatient intensive outpatient program for adults dealing with substance use disorders.
Cyndi co-developed the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program© and authored “Relapse Reality: Understanding Myths About Relapse in Dual Diagnosis Treatment,” and the “How Do I Know if I Can Keep Drinking? Quiz.” Cyndi’s first book, “Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough” challenges the traditional belief that all drinkers experiencing problems are alcoholics who must quit drinking forever. Her second book, The Clinician’s Guide to Alcohol Moderation: Alternative Methods and Management Strategies offers a step-by-step protocol for how to practice the harm reduction method of alcohol moderation. Released at the same time, her third book, Practicing Alcohol Moderation A Comprehensive Workbook, is for individuals who want a healthier relationship with their drinking but traditional treatment methods did not work. Both books (available 3/20/20) review the research for and interpret the Alcohol Moderation Assessment, the tool that she developed to predict a person’s success for alcohol moderation.
Prior to founding Insight Into Action Therapy, Cyndi was the Clinical Director for Finding Solutions Counseling Centers for almost 10 years. She has provided services in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and psychiatric settings, 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.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount University in 1995, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a four-year academic scholarship to the university. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1998.
Cyndi’s Areas of Expertise
In addition to her expertise in the field of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors and her international recognition on alcohol moderation, 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 supports and develops coping strategies that will continue long after the therapeutic relationship has ended.
Cyndi is an approved clinical supervisor for social workers obtaining licensure and counselors working to become a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She 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.