Cynthia Barry - Certified Addictions Counselor & Executive Director

For more than twenty years, Cynthia Barry (BA, CRADC) has counseled thousands of people suffering from alcoholism and other substance use issues. In clinical settings from prisons to the street, always and above all she is passionate about her work and compassionate in her approach to recovery.

Cynthia is widely respected for her abilities to connect with and accurately assess her clients. She is an expert at developing meaningful treatment plans that consider each client’s unique challenges, circumstances and opportunities to recover.

As a certified counselor for the past ten years, Cynthia understands how to treat addictions and other drug use disorders. She has served substance use clients in two states. For two agencies - Places for People in Saint Louis and Trilogy Behavioral Health in Chicago - she specialized in addictions counseling as a member of assertive community treatment (ACT) teams, reaching out to clients with a range of mental health and addictions issues. She designed and led many group counseling sessions for these ACT clients and for others. For more than eight years, she provided individual and group counseling services to clients incarcerated at Southwest Illinois Correctional Center in East Saint Louis, Illinois. 

Cynthia is a Member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. She is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CRADC) through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IOADAPCA). She also is certified by the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) as a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-II). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Ashford University.