Lily Cunningham is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling Supervisor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Lily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University, where she also obtained her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, in 2013.
Lily's work in mental health began in Cleveland, and includes experience with children and teens in residential placements and foster care, survivors of sexual assault-volunteering at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center as an in person advocate, and work with a diverse population regarding treatment for substance use disorders. Lily's experience in mental health and substance use treatment has come from outpatient, inpatient and residential settings, and work within school districts. She has previously held positions at a local mental health agency, Nationwide Children's Hospital, CompDrug, and a private inpatient hospital for substance use disorders. Lily completed her practicum and internship at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, and assisted with the first-ever off label distribution of Naloxone in the state offered through Project DAWN, (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) from the Free Clinic in partnership with MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland. In addition, Lily has recently worked with adults requiring inpatient care for substance use disorders and prevention work with teens, collaborating with school districts and families to effect positive change and share educational information related to the dangers of substance use on the developing body. Lily's approach to working with addiction is a harm-reduction model of treatment.
Lily's counseling style is collaborative, client centered, and involves the appropriate treatment modality based on client need, including but not limited to: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, Brief, and Solution Focused, play therapy techniques, and feminist approaches. Lily has an extensive background working with addiction, support persons for those in various stages of recovery from addiction; grief; prevention education in youth; trauma work for children, teens, and adults; and individual and group work for all walks of life to enhance emotion regulation and improve interpersonal communication. Her focus is on teaching autonomy and allowing clients to create positive change while maintaining a safe environment for collaborative work. Lily has used her skills in both individual and group settings to enhance functioning when managing anxiety and depression, addiction, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation, trauma responses and intrusive thoughts, risk taking and impulsive behaviors, and crisis intervention, awareness, and prevention.
While outside of work, Lily maintains her passion to empower others via various volunteer and teaching activities to enhance the wellbeing of all. She has spoken to wide audiences on the dangers of disrupting parental attachment with children from caregivers, and participated in civic activities to assist in destigmatizing mental illness.
Lily enjoys working collaboratively with clients and families to enhance positive change by creating a safe space for clients to share in an empowering and safe environment. One of Lily's biggest strengths is her empathetic connection with others, to assist them in seeing the strengths within themselves, and how to access them to effect the most positive changes needed for their lives. Understanding of the diversity of life's experiences, Lily excels at creating a safe place to learn, share, and grow.
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