My name is Leah Alviar and I would like to share a little bit about myself with you.
Degrees, Certifications, and Professional Experience:
I earned my B.S. in Generic Special Education from Our Lady of the Lake University, my M.A. in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and my Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.
I am both a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor with over 21 years of counseling experience. I have held leadership roles in local, regional, and state cunseling organizations, am a published author, present at local, state, and national conferences and served as editor for Ph.D. student dissertations.
Currently I teach graduate counseling courses for the M.Ed. in School Counseling Online Program and serve as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at a local university. I have over 15 years’ experience teaching university students in both the online and face-to-face environments and have authored courses and taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 16 years.
Over the course of my counseling career, I have worked with people who were anxious, depressed, stressed, and simply burned out; I have helped adolescents and couples who have struggled with communication issues and relationship barriers; I have worked with families regarding parenting, abuse, grief, and death; and I have helped individuals with career planning, self-esteem building, goal setting, and wellness strategies to cope with major life changes. Throughout my work, I have used many techniques and applied multiple theories, as each person is as unique as the theories and techniques. I am solution-focused and client-centered. I feel the counselor serves as the guide and facilitator for the clients as they move through their journey. I use a humanistic approach to counseling, but also integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques as deemed appropriate. I adapt my counseling strategies to meet the needs of the client.
A Little About Me:
I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for over 23 years and together we have three amazing sons. We enjoy fishing, being outdoors, reading, traveling, and catching the latest movie together as a family. When practicing self-care, I enioy ultrarunning, reading, and quilting.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Co-morbidity , Communication Problems , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #18824 (Expires: 2021-11-30)
Leah has been such a help to me. I am finally in a place in my life where I can heal, and it has been such a lonely and isolating experience until I met Leah. She makes me feel heard and validated. Can't thank her enough!!
She’s the best!
Leah is the best. Truly feel like i am cared for and always being heard. She is always ready to push you when you need it but know how to do it in the best way. Couldn't have made it where i am without her.
Leah has been great. She’s easy to communicate with and redirects when needed. She has suggested helpful strategies that are easy to remember and apply when they’re needed.
We love Leah ♥️
I truly could not have ever made it through the events of this year without Leah.
Very patient and understanding! I love that she doesn’t come off robotic, and really makes me feel like she gets me.
I really appreciate and respect her passion to me and probably each and every client she has. Every conversation she hits the nail on the head and keeps your hopes up high. I love how motivating she is. I really do appreciate it.
Even though it's been a short amount of time, being able to speak with Leah has already taken such a load off my mind. You never really know when you're ready talk but I'm pretty sure I talked her head off at the first opportunity because she made me feel comfortable, and helped me have new perspectives. She was invested, not just doing a job and I think that's what made it easy for me to open up to her. Thank you Leah.
Leah really listens and is great at reflecting back on what I've been saying while also providing a different perspective. She doesn't assign me busy work; I feel like the goals and work we set are meaningful.
I feel a really strong connection with Leah. Since day one she has reached out to me exactly when I need it and she is very genuine when it comes to listening and I feel like she cares for my concerns and what's going on in my life.