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Dr. Leia Twigg-Smith, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. I have been working with Veterans and first responders for the past five years. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 2019, I was working with active duty military personnel and their dependents. As a master's level mental health professional, I worked in a Level 3 prison for two years. I also worked in community mental health for three years, providing clinical services to Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, and in private practice doing assessments for police department candidates.

In my current practice, as a Health Psychologist, I help clients manage health behaviors such as disordered eating, quitting smoking, vaping, dip, alcohol abuse, exercise habits, and sleep problem. Of course, I also manage mental health problems like stress and anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and some personality disorders. I practice Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy (EFT), which is an attachment-based approach designed to increase physical and emotional bonds between partners.

Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is part of my ethics code. You can expect me to tailor your sessions and treatment planning to meet your unique and specific needs.

The first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life requires insight. It also takes courage to make that first step, and dedication to see the changes through. I am here to support you on your journey to a better you. Let's get started!

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body image, Cancer, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, First Responder Issues, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Jealousy, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

MN Psychologist LP6822


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Leia Twigg-Smith. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Very supportive and real talk

Written on May 19, 2024 after therapy with Leia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

Provides phenomenal support and listening

Written on May 11, 2024 after therapy with Leia for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

She's awesome and she helped me get to the root of the things I'm struggling with

Written on Apr 19, 2024 after therapy with Leia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and adhd

Excellent, and insightful

Written on Mar 15, 2024 after therapy with Leia for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. T has been kind, welcoming, caring, thoughtful, and supportive throughout our journey together. She has helped me with a wide variety of problems and is always happy to spend our sessions talking about whatever is bothering me or of importance to me at that time. Dr. T has provided me with insight regarding a variety of relationship problems and/or concerns, struggles around eating, feelings of depression, and anxiety and struggles related to socializing. I always leave our sessions feeling lighter and more ready to tackle whatever it was I talked through with Dr. T. She provides me with tools to be successful and my life has greatly improved since starting therapy with her. I would recommend Dr. T to anyone looking to start therapy!

Written on Feb 09, 2024 after therapy with Leia for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Twigg-Smith tells me when I have been wrong and helps me to understand how and why. She expects me to do it differently and holds me accountable. Reality, truth, and “what are you going to do about it?” Is what I have needed.

Written on Dec 16, 2023 after therapy with Leia for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes