Dr. Leila Ortiz

(PhD, LPC)

About Me

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of mental disorders, relationship issues, parenting problems, and other life challenge.

I have a master degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and
a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Prenatal Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My passion is to work with women and their partners throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period.

My goal is to empower my clients, create a safe environment and establish balance, joy, and fulfillment into their everyday lives. I will provide support and insight as you work towards healing and hope.

Take initiative and contact me today to start your journey towards a new fresh start.


Specialties

  • LGBT
  • Relationship
  • Family
  • Parenting

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar, Depression

Years of Experience: 8

Licensing

LPC #178.011297 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by L.O. on Oct 16, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks

Dr. Ortiz is lovely!

Written by D.A. on Oct 15, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks

Although we’ve just started I feel very lucky having been matched to Leila and therefore having the chance of being together on this journey from now on. So far she is very patient, compassionate, understanding and I feel that she truly tries helping without there being any pressure. It doesn’t take her long to reply and although it just has been for a very short time I’m really looking forward to her replies as well as to our sessions. It means a lot to me that she is being there. Thank you so much Leila.

Written by K.A. on Oct 13, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Ortiz is attentive and provides valuable advice. I've seen therapists on and off over my life and find her one of the best. She focuses on the things that are most relevant to the situation and looks at problems from a broad perspective.

Written by D.M. on Sep 13, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 1 month stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz really listened to me and read between the lines of our conversations. I enjoy how she challenged me to unlock a new perspective and her open ended approach made me feel comfortable.

Written by A.N. on Aug 24, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz is absolutely fantastic so far. She's very reliable, gets back to me right away, definitely has shown me how much pride she takes in her work!

Written by K.E. on Aug 19, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 5 days depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

I can say that after one year, Leila is the therapist of my dreams and once you work with Leila you'll never want to work with anyone else.

Written by C.A. on Aug 17, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, parenting, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz has been not only supportive but has offered real-life changes that I could implement at this difficult time in my life. I feel tremendously better after our meetings.

Written by R.U. on Jul 30, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks relationship

Dr.Ortiz is professional and I perceive her as engaged and she asks good questions and has good reflections. She guides me through my challenges in a great way. Highly recommend her.

Written by S.A. on Jul 05, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks lgbt, relationship, and sleeping

Dr.Leila is great counsellor. She's non-judgemental, provides practical guidelines and methods on how to approach alternate thinking. Her worksheets were helpful for me and her capability of assessing a situation is great.

Written by C.A. on Jun 27, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Leila is great!!!!

Written by M.A. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 7 months addictions, and eating

She's great!

Written by G.W. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 6 months self esteem, and career

Even though I thought I knew why I needed counseling when I first subscribed to BetterHelp, I have worked through many other issues along the way. Some very difficult situations have turned right around, with a positive impact on other people in my life. I believe that each counselor is unique and so each counseling relationship is unique. Sometimes that can seem uniquely right and I believe that I have been lucky enough to experience that. I am finally at the point of moving on in a new and exciting direction, which is precisely what I needed.

Written by N.A. on Jun 10, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 months lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz is phenomenal. Talking to her is helping me get through a massive transition both in my relationship and in my life. She doesn't tell me what I need to hear but helps me hear what I need. This has been imperative to being happier and feeling safer in myself again. She's amazing. Blessed to have had her placed in my path.

Written by A.N. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 4 weeks relationship, and family

Dr. Ortiz has been so helpful. BetterHelp is a format that really is working for me right now with my life situation.

Written by C.A. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz has helped me tremendously!

Written by L.E on Apr 26, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 months relationship, family, sleeping, and self esteem

I've been working with Dr. Ortiz for a little over a year. She's the perfect therapist match for me! When I wasn't making the most of my subscription and clearly needed to put in more time with self-care, Dr. Ortiz recommended video chat, which has been our primary session mode since then. According, to Dr. Ortiz, my family, and colleagues, I'm morphed into a new person over the past 6 months; and the credit for guidance to the new me is due to Dr. Ortiz!

Written by J.O. on Apr 24, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks relationship, and family

I came into counselling in a real need to clear my mind and ensure I was making the right decisions. Dr Ortiz has challenged me, made me think and comforted me at the same time. I have really enjoyed her time, and have taken plenty from it.
I thank her and recommend her!

Written by T.I. on Apr 19, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 4 weeks relationship, and family

Amazingly, helpful and easy to speak with.

Written by K.I on Apr 18, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 2 months relationship

Leila has been very good so far. After just as short 2 weeks we are already seeing improvements in our relationship after suggestions she's offered.

Written by J.A. on Apr 03, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, anger, and career

Dr. Ortiz has been fantastic to work with. She provokes thoughts in areas that I need to work on and guides me to where I need to be. I feel my confusion diminishing the more I work with her.

Written by O.A on Mar 29, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Dr. Ortiz is very helpful in where I feel like I'm being heard (which is very important to me) her way of connecting with me feels as if I'm talking with her in real life as if it were face to face. Thank you!

Written by T.E on Mar 24, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

My doctor was sensitive to me needs and was not judgemental when I needed to take space.
I'm grateful to have used BetterHelp.

Written by L.A. on Mar 22, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

So far, Dr. Ortiz has been very understanding. I have a hard time keeping up with therapy, but she will send me a message when I haven't replied in awhile and is very patient. I feel comfortable talking to her.

Written by J.O on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Dr. Ortiz was the perfect match for me as a counsellor. As a new mother I was going through difficulties transitioning into my new role. She took the time to listen and was empathetic to what I had to say. It's so easy to be hard on yourself as a new mother. She really gave me the confidence in my abilities and reminded me to put myself first. I still have a long way to go. I hope to someday continue my sessions with Dr. Ortiz once my life settles down and I can do so.

Written by E.V on Mar 07, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Amazing, very responsive, and very patient. She's sat through me whining about family problems for quite a while.

Written by S.H on Mar 05, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, anger, and career

So far Dr. Ortiz has been great, we have a lot to work on she has her hands full with me but I fully believe she is the one for the task.

Written by K.E on Feb 01, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

I've lost count with how many months I have been working with Leila, but that's a good thing considering how many therapists I've been through both in person and online. She has become an integral part of my everyday life. Three months ago I had an unplanned job situation happen, she was with me everyday every step of the way even through the holidays and her international travels, she never skipped a beat to keep up with me and walk with me all the way. Even though I didn't have a lot of finances I kept budgeting for Leila and BetterHelp. She is AMAZING at her job and you would be EXTREMELY fortunate to be matched with her!

Written by G.W on Jan 01, 2017 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks self esteem, and career

Dr. Ortiz has waded through so much of my negative outpourings and painful confessions these past weeks and I don't know of many people on this planet who would have done that. It has confirmed to me the importance of counseling and support at certain times in one's life, and how we owe it to ourselves and even those around us to reach out and look for that. A lot like how we would go to a doctor or other specialist when we need their services. I have also had input from Dr. Ortiz that has made me think differently and step out with more confidence in my decision-making. I feel very clear and positive about the year facing me and I owe that largely to the mediation of Dr. Ortiz, enabling me to get through whats seemed like a complex and quite negative situation.

Written by Y.E on Dec 30, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 days depression, family, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Ortiz is a fantastic doctor, I was able to face many of my challenges and finally resume my life again. She was able to help me speak up for myself again and take steps necessary to face my fears. I recommend her to everyone, and thank her for everything she did for me.

Written by A.S on Dec 29, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

She's very reassuring and empathetic :) Her response time is fabulous and she helps me analyze my experiences in a healthy, reflective way.

Written by C.R on Dec 22, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 months

She's very objective...which is awesome!!!

Written by L.E on Dec 22, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 1 month relationship, and career

Dr. Ortiz has been great for me. She is excellent at making me recognize my own strengths and positive qualities, which has helped me immensely in both my professional life and my personal life!

Written by N.I on Nov 21, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, and lgbt

I've found the sessions with Dr Ortiz extremely helpful so far. This is the first time I've used a counsellor and she has been warm, friendly, approachable and extremely understanding. Thank you for everything.

Written by C.L on Nov 07, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 days addictions, and anger

She was very professional and helped me with a few choices I had to make and I believe they are the right ones for me..... thanks for listening DOC!

Written by T.U on Oct 31, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and intimacy-related

She has been a good friend to talk to. Has helped me get some insight and I am hoping to continue the road to healing with Dr. Ortiz

Written by S.A on Oct 30, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 months relationship, and intimacy-related

Dr. Ortiz is so wonderful! She seems to really care and has really urged me to think things through before I act. She gives me real advice which I like - she doesn't just tell me to "follow my gut" (which is hard for a person who is really indecisive!), although she does always support whatever I decide. I actually stayed with the app longer than I would have because of the good relationship I found with her. I would highly recommend her.

Written by O.L on Oct 28, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 1 month lgbt, relationship, self esteem, and anger

Dr. Ortiz has been a huge help for me, and in a very short time has given me tools and an outlet for dealing with issues that I have really been struggling with. She is always incredibly quick to respond and it is very comforting to feel I have easily accessible help at the times when I need it most. I have made so much progress, and found so much happiness in speaking with her and would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written by P.A on Oct 06, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 3 weeks relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz is a great counselor and has been very helpful and insightful with all of my questions and concerns. I like that she is very caring and understanding and has made me feel comfortable opening up and sharing my thoughts. Thank you so much for your help!

Written by Z.I on Sep 19, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

I love that she writes right back most times. I am a counselor as well so I recognize a lot of her technique. Not only is she legitimate, she is very genuine and empathetic.

Written by S.T on Sep 05, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 1 month stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Absolutely brilliant! When we first stared chatting, I was in a very rough place with extreme stress in my relationship, my underlying mental health disorders and a whole host of physical health problems. Dr. Ortiz has helped me face everything head on, at my pace, and given me the tools to move forward. She's been absolutely amazing and I am gladly going to continue working with her for as long as needed.

Written by C.H on Jun 21, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, bipolar, and depression

Dr. Ortiz has been a tremendous help since I began with her only a few short weeks ago. She continues to help me with problems I've struggled with my entire life. I've been in and out of therapy since my teens but Dr. Ortiz has given me more tools and better guidance than any of my previous therapists. I appreciate all she is doing for me and I'm glad I decided to take the risk and jump into this program. I look forward to continuing the work with her as I actually see something positive happening with her help.

Written by J.J on May 16, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 1 month stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and depression

Dr. Ortiz has really helped me a lot. I have some complicated issues, but she's patient and has good advice. She's good about replying right away. I'd highly recommend her.

Written by A.S on Apr 25, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 2 months stress, anxiety, and depression

Dr. Ortiz is very thorough and attentive. She checks in regularly if I haven't responded for a while. She addresses my concerns and helps me work through things in order to enjoy my life more fully. So far I really like this service!

Written by J.A on Apr 07, 2016 after counseling with Leila for 4 weeks relationship, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Very professional, and has an awsome array of helpful tips on many levels.
Is quick to respond and always ready to share her helpful comments.