Cynthia Wanberg

Breast Cancer Survivor



Cynthia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Cynthia enjoys connecting with children using play therapy techniques and interventions to create a safe world where children can explore possibilities in a nonjudgmental way, learning and practicing new skills with confidence. She values opportunities to join with others gaining the trust of teens and adults on their path of self-discovery and possibilities. Her therapeutic approach is one of compassionate acceptance, seeking to understand the needs presented and direction desired, as stated by the individuals and families seeking therapy. She is a strength-based, solution-focused therapist, believing in the best in people and their personal desire to
succeed. Cynthia’s approach in helping people is to walk beside them encouraging them through their own therapeutic journey, equipping them with the skills and tools to be able to function to the best of their ability and enjoy life. She has been encouraged by the people whose life she has touched with the following testimonials

1. “We just wanted to say thank you one more time for all of the help you have given our family this year especially my daughter. She’s a tough little lady and thanks to you getting through this messed up ordeal has been a lot easier. She has enough challenges in life to overcome without people complicating life more. Thank you so much for everything, you will always have a special place in our heart.”
2. “Thank you for all you do. God gives people special gifs and God gave you to me and my daughter when we really needed you. We are blessed to have you in our lives. You are appreciated for the job you perform each day. Thanks again!”
3. “Thank you! We will never forget the help you have given our family.”
1. “Thank you very much for all you’ve done. You changed my life.”
2. “Mrs. Wanberg, You taught me lots of stuff I never knew about myself. Thank you very much.”
3. “You helped me with my anger and showed me how to take a deep breath and count to 10.”
1. “I have you to thank for where I am today.”
2. “The best part of counseling is coming to talk with you.”
Having experienced personal trauma as the result of a car accident with emotional and physical challenges years ago, and physical/emotional abuse from her first marriage, she sees herself now with a heart to assist people find their own steps towards healing, becoming a survivor and learning to thrive with the wisdom and strength acquired.
Since 1996 Cynthia has been an active member in the Association or Play Therapy (APT), volunteering for various projects; she is also a member of the Florida Play Therapy Branch of the APT. She was the
lead author for an article published in the 2012 Play Therapy magazine, “What make a safe, effective & inviting playroom.“ She is passionate concerning the benefits of play therapy and joining with children and teens in a therapeutic relationship assisting them and their families as they deal with life’s choices and challenges encountered in living life.
Cynthia has been active in the mental health field over 25 years, serving in various capacities during her career; as an elementary school counselor in a public school setting, a psychotherapist in a residential school setting, as a therapist in a State-Wide Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) for children and adolescents, as well as a clinical supervisor for a child advocacy center specializing in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and integrating play therapy for children and adolescents who have disclosed abuse.
She has initiated and lead programs and work groups covering parenting skills, mentoring, human trafficking, trauma informed care, multi-disciplinary county-wide monthly meetings, animal-assisted therapy, Camp New Hope for grieving children/teens, crisis management, and character education.
1. M.Ed. Masters of Education in Counselor Education – Millersville State University
2. Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
3. Qualified Mental Health Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns
4. National Certified Counselor (NCC)
5. Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
6. Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Orlando campus.
7. Victim Services Practitioner – Florida Attorney General
8. Family Therapy Training – Temple University
Play Therapy – Sand Tray Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Developmental Play Therapy, Family
Play Therapy, Therapeutic Art Techniques
• LMHC MH8966 – State of Florida’s Department of Health
• NBCC – National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC)
• APT – Association for Play Therapy (RPT-S)
• CFMFTA – Central Florida Marriage and family Therapy Association
• AACC – American Association of Christian Counselors
1. Wanberg, C. (2012 & 2013 & 2015), Compassion Fatigue: How do you do what you do?
Presented to Central Florida Probation Officers, Safe-Climate Coalition and New Beginnings.
2. Wanberg, C. (2009). Play Therapy Techniques for Children Who Have Been Abused, Presented
at the 6th Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Abuse, Orlando, Florida.
3. Wanberg, C. (2006). Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Presented to Lake
County Crisis Responders at the Bragg Center, Tavares, Florida.
4. Wanberg, C. (2002). Understanding Children and Grief. Presented at Milton Hershey School
Houseparent training workshop, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
5. Johnson, M., Shaw, B. & Wanberg, C. (2001 & 2003 & 2005). Understanding Sexual
Development and Sexualized Behaviors in a Residential Scholastic Setting. Presented at Milton
Hershey School Houseparent training workshop, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
6. Wanberg, C. (2001). Responding to Children Exhibiting Early Behavioral Warning
Signs. Presented at Milton Hershey School Houseparent training workshop, Hershey,
Danowski, E. & Wanberg, C. (2012). What Makes a Safe, Effective & Inviting Playroom? Play
Therapy. 7(1), 14-18.
1. Cynthia has been involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister program as a Big Sister.
2. She is currently a mentor for New Beginnings a non-profit in Clermont.
3. Daughters of the American Revolution member
4. She and her husband of 27 years are involved in their local church as Deacons.
5. Supports and volunteers alongside her husband, a Marine Vietnam Veteran, in reaching out to
veterans and their families in Central Florida.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling, horseback riding,
exercising and being with her dog Jake.