Fear and shame causes a block to our spirituality. Shame, in its simplest terms according to researcher Brene Brown, is the fear of disconnection. It’s the fear that something about me is bad or wrong in some way that if other people know it they won’t want to connect to me. That fear makes us turn off spirituality. Fear has something to tell us about what we value and what we think is possible. It’s meant for us to investigate, not to control us. When we become curious about it and push through the fear, we can find that connection.
Cinde Stewart Freeman, RN, MAC, LADAC II
CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
Cinde Stewart Freeman is Cumberland Heights’ Chief Clinical Officer and has been with Cumberland Heights for 30 years. During her tenure, Cinde has served in nursing, clinical management, and administrative roles.
Cinde is a bachelor’s prepared Registered Nurse and a master’s prepared Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Level II. She holds NAADAC’s Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) credential and is a Qualified Clinical Supervisor (QCS) as well.
Cinde has a love for the places where opposites touch. This has led her to clinical explorations of somatic and spiritual healing of the things that wound us, as well as explorations of how the lived wisdom of the 12-step tradition informs and brings color to clinical education and experience. It also leads her to the beach as much as possible!
Cinde regularly trains on topics ranging from 12-step based Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Spiritual Care principles to ethical practice and clinical supervision. Her core belief is that love is more powerful than the wounds we have experienced, and, in fact, can cause us to become our strongest at those places.