I am a licensed professional counselor and advanced alcohol drug counselor who has served clients in Missouri, Texas and Oregon. I have been providing services for 10 years as an addictions counselor, dual-diagnosis therapist, crisis counselor and therapist for those with serious and persistent mental disorders. I have practiced in multiple arenas including community counseling centers, schools, secure and non-secure criminal justice facilities, hospitals and private homes. I spent a few years in administrative roles but always returned to what I love...working directly with clients.
My approach is somewhat eclectic in that I assess each client and use the modality best suited for their current challenges. This may include Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Positive Psychology and Person-Centered Therapy. Teaching and supporting clients in learning new skills is also very important to me and are included in many of my treatment plans. I take a holistic approach by looking at the body, spirit and mind. I believe that nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and overall health play a foundational part in the therapy process.
I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University. Since graduating, I have pursued additional education and training in multiple areas including positive psychology, anger management, relationship skills, domestic violence, and suicide prevention. I am a skilled communicator with lived experience. These attributes help me to better help others.
I look forward to providing you help to transform your life!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MO LPC 2014004876
Leilani has been wonderful, I have enjoyed our talks a lot and think that I'm doing progress and want to continue.
Written on Apr 18, 2023 after therapy with Leilani for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Leilani has been a wonderful listening ear in helping me work through a major transition in my life. We touched on some root issues and she has helped me find tools for dealing with situations. She has been a true godsend.
Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Leilani for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, grief, and bipolar disorder
Leilani has been very patient, non-judgemental and very supportive. I have made great progress with her - more progress than I ever thought would have been possible. Thank you Leilani!
Written on Apr 15, 2022 after therapy with Leilani for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes
You’re awesome and keep up the good work!
Written on Apr 03, 2022 after therapy with Leilani for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management
She is very engaged and helpful and kind.
Written on Jan 16, 2022 after therapy with Leilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd
Leilani is a fantastic therapist, very supportive and knowledgeable. The skills I have learnt with Leilani will help me moving forward, I am very grateful to have met her at this time of need.
Written on Dec 05, 2021 after therapy with Leilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and stress, anxiety