Leah McGraw

(LCPC)

About Me

I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Utah, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana. I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children both in individual and group settings. I have helped many clients with anxiety and depression. Much of my work has been with clients in crises at an inpatient psychiatric facility, but I have also worked in day treatment and outpatient settings. I have been counseling since 1995, and have been independently licensed since 2008.

I like to focus on coping skills that a client can begin to use immediately, like mindfulness and positive self talk, and then move on to deeper emotional issues as a client is ready to share. I use mostly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but I also like focusing on solution oriented and problems solving, along with motivational interviewing. It's important to me to meet a client where they are before we can focus on moving forward. I find many people can benefit from a communication "tune-up" that can help their relationships move in a more positive direction.

Outside of the office, I spend my time in the beautiful outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking in the summer, and downhill and cross country skiing in the winter. I really enjoy reading and some papercrafting with friends as well. I share my home with various furry friends and get a lot of comfort from my rabbits, guinea pigs, and dog.

Deciding to enter therapy is an exciting and sometimes scary decision. I am here to support you as you use your time and energy to create a more positive you working on the goals that you help identify.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCMHC #5734143-6004 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LCPC # B​B​H​-​L​C​P​C​-​L​I​C​-​1​5​4​0 (Expires: 2020-12-01)


Reviews

Written by B.R. on Oct 01, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Leah makes me feel comfortable and able to open up. She gives solid advice. I have been to several different therapist and now I have finally found the right one. 5 out of 5, would highly recommend.

Written by L.A. on Oct 01, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Leah is always there to call me on my bullshit but always understand and great advice even though I don't always like or listen to what she has to say.
I would and highly recommend and appreciate Leah.

Written by S.A. on Sep 19, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

She's very helpful and encouraging, and I feel like she really listens.

Written by T.A. on Sep 14, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Leah is a great listener and very understanding and easy to talk to. She helped me tremendously in just one session. She helped validate my feelings and also gave me some useful tools to help with my anxiety and depression.

Written by D.A. on Sep 10, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 4 months

Leah is quick to point out the sneaky subtle negative thought process and gently guides one to better understand what is productive .
It’s a positive, healthy and soft approach!
I value this enormously.

Written by A.L. on Sep 09, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue

Leah is awesome! She is straightforward and cuts to the heart of the problem. Not for the thinner-skinned or the weak of heart, though.

Written by C.A. on Aug 29, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She's amazing. Doesn't always respond at the drop of a hat, but I wouldn't expect her to. She's supportive and understanding. I truly appreciate her.

Written by B.U. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

Just started but already proven to be a big help .

Written by A.L. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Leah is a great counselor. I benefited so much from my sessions with her that I feel my life has changed for better. I learned to actually “stand in other people’s shoes” to understand where they are coming from, which I had thought I always knew but not really. And it helped with my relationship with boyfriend, manager, colleagues and friends. Her style is a combination of listening attentively, reasoning the situation and giving out practical advice I can start practicing after each session. I have become more proactive and less stressed after a couple of sessions with her. I would recommend her to anyone who needs therapy.

Written by R.U. on Apr 15, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Working with Leah has been very helpful and pleasant. Our weekly sessions have helped me stay on track with mindfulness and self-care.

Written by A.L. on Mar 01, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I've had a couple of sessions with Leah and I am very happy about the support and interaction. I feel listened during our weekly calls and I really appreciate the follow up in between calls with text messages. It does make me feel better to have this level of support at different times during the week, when I'm having a difficult moment, and I trust I can get support from Leah.

Written by M.A. on Dec 17, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Very knowledgeable and approachable.

Written by J.E. on Dec 14, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

With Leah, I often feel like I'm talking to a wise friend. I am comfortable opening up to her and our differences create strength in our conversations.

Written by H.A. on Nov 20, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Leah is clearly an expert. She is also warm, personable, and very honest.

Written by N.I. on Nov 11, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

We've only had two sessions, but I feel confident that Leah understands my challenges and goals and is dedicated to helping me improve my relationship with myself and those around me.

Written by T.R. on Nov 04, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

After a couple of therapists that weren't a good fit for me, I was lucky to get Leah. I feel that I'm in good hands with someone that cares about my progress and takes her work seriously. I have nothing but good things to say about her.

Written by C.A. on Apr 12, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Leah is really easy to talk to, it’s easy to send messages at convenient times for me, and she suggests useful ways to reconsider & approach situations. She’s quick to respond (time difference allowing!), but it’s much better than having to wait for a face to face session. I feel heard, and that there is somewhere I can go to express what I’m feeling. Much appreciated!

Written by C.O. on Apr 09, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

She’s the best!

Written by R.O. on Mar 10, 2019 after counseling with Leah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Leah is an amazing therapist striking the right balance between empathy and accountability! She thoughtfully suggests new ways of thinking and doing that allow for real change to happen. She is engaged and professional. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to see a difference in their life.

Written by J.O. on Nov 24, 2018 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Leah always knows how to cheer me up and restores hope in my current situation. When I don’t message her for a minute, she always checks up on me. She’s good at holding me accountable for my actions, but also validates my feelings. I always feel like I’m saying something important when I talk to Leah. Highly recommend to anyone!

Written by S.H. on Oct 15, 2018 after counseling with Leah for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Leah has been wonderful, very easy to talk to .

Written by J.U. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning family, grief, and self esteem

Leah has been great. She is quick to respond and has a way of listening and counseling that helps me process my life. I’d recommend her to anyone!

Written by T.O. on Apr 10, 2018 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Leah has done a great job listening to me on the message boards and responds in a timely manner. She is helping me work through some personal self doubt and helping my fiancée understand what anxiety and depression are. She checks in with me when she hasn’t heard from me. I really do appreciate being able to message her anytime as things arise. Thank you BetterHelp for being there and being affordable.