Ciara Simonson, M.Div., brings a heart of compassion, genuine care and empathic understanding in her counseling practice. She serves as a counseling intern under the supervision of the licensed clinical supervision team at the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Center. 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, group sessions and workshops. It is her hope that this passion for healing and wholeness will help to educate, encourage and empower her clients to honor their life’s story and be their best self. Ciara’s compassion for humanity 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.
Ciara has extensive experience and welcomes working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, a variety of social conditions and issues including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, career development, spiritual growth, premarital and marital issues, women’s services including anti-partum and post-partum depression and early pregnancy loss bereavement.
Ciara is currently enrolled in the M.S. Pastoral Counseling program at Loyola University of Maryland. She received her M.Div. from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., and a B.S. 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.
Ciara’s greatest joy is sharing the honor of parenting her 2-year-old daughter and engaging the fullness of life with her loving husband, Victor Simonson.