Lucia Cucinotta, MA (Intern Therapist)

Lucia Cucinotta (she/her/hers) is an Intern Therapist at The Center for Growth from June 2022 to June 2023. Lucia is working towards a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Lucia holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher. Lucia works with clients on a variety of Sex Therapy and relationships areas such as identity, sexuality, intimacy, sexual dysfunction, monogamy and non-monogamy, sexual desire/interests, kink/BDSM, and infidelity. Lucia also specializes in depression, anxiety, grief & loss, life transitions, and low self-esteem.

Lucia is culturally responsive wellness professional with 10 years’ experience living and working with people from all walks of life. Operating from a client-centered perspective, Lucia incorporates existential themes and mindfulness techniques in her therapeutic sessions. As a 500 hour certified yoga teacher, Lucia integrates meditation, breath work, physical postures, and journaling into treatment plans. Lucia is curious about how we create meaning in our lives and how that meaning supports us or holds us back in living our fullest lives.

Therapy with Lucia is a space where the discussion of all areas of life, including intimacy, sex, and sexuality, are normalized. You will have the opportunity to explore your thoughts, emotions, and their possible roots while being empowered to adaptively move forward on your healing journey. Lucia believes that the issues that bring people into therapy are the result of once adaptive, but now maladaptive, coping mechanisms brought on by challenging life experiences and the normal developmental crisis that arise as we become our true selves and true to ourselves. Lucia views each client as whole and complete, with nothing lacking, nothing broken, and therefore anything is possible.

Lucia counsels clients through a multicultural lens using the therapeutic model of exploration, insight, and action inspired by Carl Roger’s humanistic and client-centered perspective. The initial stage of therapy, or the exploration stage, is time to establish the therapeutic relationship, build trust, and create a space where you can discuss your thoughts and feelings and explore your concerns. Lucia will work with you to process the emotions associated with your current concerns in an empathetic and supportive way.

As you begin to process your thoughts and emotions around your maladaptive patterns, you will be supported in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself through personal insight. We make sense of events in our lives by evaluating them and putting them into categories such as dangerous, safe, important, good, bad, right, and wrong. Our interpretations of events impacts our well-being, as well as our behavior. Insight helps us to understand how life events relate to our current concerns and issues.

Finally, Lucia will support you as you reflect on what you have learned about yourself and your world so you can turn your insights into actions that create lasting change. Together, you will explore the meaning of change in your life and discuss different ways of implementing the needed change. Lucia will support you as you develop new behavioral patterns that achieve your desired results. Lucia is not the expert of your life, but is there to support and guide you as you make the necessary changes in your life.

Lucia’s professional experience spans across three states, two continents, and too many communities to count. That’s not because she is unfocused, but because she goes where the need is. Sometimes that is by teaching project management skills to staff at underfunded NGOs in

Morocco as part of her Peace Corps service. Other times that is helping her family run the yoga business in New Jersey. Other times that is going back to school to get another Master’s degree because right now, there is a need for more self-acceptance and healing. Whatever the mission or need, Lucia is committed to intentionally creating a more easeful world one insight at a time. She also wants to see greater access to and acceptance of mental health support for everybody, particularly for people experiencing systems of inequality or feel their problems are too “big,” “complex,” or “embarrassing” to seek support. This has become her calling because she has seen first-hand what acceptance can do to move the needle for people and for whole communities. Lucia looks forward to meeting with you and supporting you on your journey.


Licensure:

  • Pennsylvania: Pursuing a masters in mental health counseling at Upenn.