Hilleary Cummings

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Hilleary (she/her) is a clinical supervisor and former Director of Training and Professional Development at CTC.  Hilleary is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience providing individual therapy and implementing clinical training and development programs for students and staff.

Hilleary has completed Master’s degrees in Counseling and Development and Transformational Leadership and Coaching.  While she does not practice as a life coach, she draws on the deep understanding of developmental psychology, humanistic psychology, and neuroscience provided by this education.  Hilleary has also completed her Intermediate level training in Somatic Experiencing psychotherapy.  Most recently, she completed her certification in the NeuroAffectional Relational Model (NARM) of psychotherapy to facilitate her understanding and treatment of complex/developmental trauma.

Hilleary’s approach to supervision is similar to that of her clinical work.  Being curious, collaborative, and transparent are essential to her practice as a supervisor.  Hilleary attends to both the client growth and the supervisee’s training goals.  Hilleary believes that engaging in a therapeutic relationship can be transformative for both the client and the clinician.  To facilitate this process, Hilleary emphasizes an exploration of countertransference and encourages supervisees to practice just outside their comfort zone.

Hilleary’s primary role at CTC is supervising clinicians in their clinical work.  Currently, she does not see client clients at CTC.

Education and Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC # 180.005998)
  • NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) Therapist, 8/2020
  • Somatic Experiencing (Intermediate Level), 12/2019
  • M.A. Transformational Leadership and Coaching, 8/2016
  • M.Ed. Counseling and Development, 8/2002

What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?

I am a NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) Therapist and primarily practice NARM therapy.  I often incorporate somatic experiencing and transformational coaching theory and techniques. I specifically chose these treatment modalities because they focus on the mind, body, and spirit of the human experience.

What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?

I enjoy socializing with friends and checking out new restaurants and business in my town.  I enjoy reading and attempting to stay awake while watching movies.  I also enjoy looking at recipes and trying to make a few.  I recently joined a book club and thoroughly enjoy getting to know the members of the club.  I also enjoy hanging out with my family, our dog, Maybel, and our bearded-dragon, Lizzo.

What are you excited about? What is your passion?

I am excited about completing my certificate in Somatic Experiencing in 2023 and then continuing my training in medical trauma and chronic illness. I am also excited to complete my first year as a co-training assistant for the Level 2 NARM Training with the goal of being a general training assistant in the future.

What do you like about being a supervisor?

I am a geek for learning. I love watching supervisees flourish in their clinical and relational skills as they work on their growth edges.  I enjoy celebrating the wins and learning from the mistakes.

I work with

  • Adults (25 +)
  • Emerging Adults (20-24)
  • Folks who mother

Therapeutic Modalities

  • NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model)
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Attachment Based Theories
  • Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience

Areas of Interest

  • Depression and Mood
  • Family of Origin issues
  • Development trauma
  • Mothering as a catalyst of personal growth and development
  • Nervous system regulation
  • Training and Development
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Folks exploring purpose and meaning

What do you do for self-care?

  • Read books and attend book club
  • Search recipes
  • Play with my dog
  • My own therapy
  • Fall asleep while watching movies
  • Host dinner and BBQs
  • Take vacations

Favorite podcasts, books or blogs

  • Whatever we are reading in book club – Most recent favorites – The Silent Patient, Mailbu Rising, Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • Favorite Therapy Books – Bradshaw: On The Family by John Bradshaw, Healing the Child Within by Charles Whitfield, Mindsight by Daniel Siegel, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, and On Being a Person by Carl Rogers

Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work

  • Peter Levin
  • Daniel Siegel
  • Larry Heller
  • Virginia Satir
  • Murray Bowen

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