About Me

I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 1990. My background includes a combination of family systems and psychodynamic approaches, seasoned with many years of experience. What I have come to understand over the years is that the bedrock of successful psychotherapy is a strong, honest relationship between therapist and client. Only upon this foundation of trust is change possible.  
 
I have many years of experience assisting clients in recovering from complex PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, cancer survivorship, and finding peace with identity in a world that is often unkind to those whose lifestyles would not be described as traditional. I know from my personal journey that change is possible, while often difficult and terrifying. If you are ready to commit to the journey, I am here to be at your side along the rocky path.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 25369


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Leonard Burns. 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.

Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Very knowledgeable, professional, and empathetic. Raises great points to reveal actionable and achievable goals to address causes of anxiety.

Written on Oct 03, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Leonard has played a huge role in my personal growth for the last year. He understood my situation and my communication style very well. I will forever be grateful for Len’s role in my journey.

Written on Jul 29, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Leonard was great, but I'm going to exploreother options.

Written on Jul 22, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

From my experience having sessions with Leonard for a few weeks, I recommend him highly. He's sympathetic, astute, listens carefully, and has much wisdom to share. Plus, he's just a very nice person and I feel completely comfortable talking with him.

Written on Jun 14, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, grief, and adhd

Hes awesome

Written on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Amazing listener and gives great feedback. I constantly look forward to our sessions and feel like I'm making a lot of progress with his assistance.

Written on Apr 23, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

Very nice therpahist

Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Leonard is an amazing match for me. He's a wonderful, patient, and accepting man. A gem!

Written on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Len is a wonderful therapist. He is a great listener and often helps me see my situation from various perspectives. He encourages me and gives me tools to keep growing!

Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

I really appreciate how Leonard listens to me and provides emotional support.

Written on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Len is great. I’m so glad I found him.

Written on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with Leonard for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Len is the best therapist I have ever had. I have learned so much about myself in our sessions, and he is so cool to talk to. I recommend him highly!

Written on Dec 16, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

After so many tries, I thought I would never find my right match with a therapist. Fast forward to Len- the absolute best person I’ve ever worked with. I look forward to our sessions. He understands me and thinks so quickly, keeping up with my rants and thoughts. I feel so lucky to be working with him and would recommend him to anyone who feels like giving up on therapy. It’s life changing when done right.

Written on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Len is a fantastic therapist. I almost immediately felt comfortable sharing with him and he responds with a non-judgmental tone that allows me to continue opening up. He's flexible to your needs and has the perfect balance of listening and redirection. I have been working with him for almost a year and it's been a great process.

Written on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Amazing therapist

Written on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 9 months on issues concerning sleeping disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Leonard is an excellent therapist! I've been going to counselors on/off my whole life and have always found their services to be useful and instrumental in achieving long-term personal development goals. Len has a highly adaptable approach that has been apt despite my life's ever-changing circumstances. I could not recommend him enough!

Written on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

I never thought this experience could help as much as it has!

Written on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

leonard is a great, open minded listener and provides a very valuable service!

Written on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Len has been wonderful and so insightful. He’s a great listener and has helped me considerably.

Written on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and adhd

Leonard is an intuitive and perceptive counselor. He has been helpful and supportive offers useful insights and wisdom.

Written on Jun 27, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Leonard is very consistent and responsive! I had previously tried talkspace and I had to switch counselors three times in the same amount of time I've had Leonard now. His comments are honest and I feel that he respects my thoughts and feelings while genuinely providing feedback and trying to help.

Written on Jun 13, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Leonard Burns is literally saving my life. I have complete confidence in his support and understanding. He is there for me and I cannot say enough to thank him for helping me to heal.

Written on Apr 22, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Leonard is great. Adept listener and communicator. I strongly recommend

Written on Mar 31, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

He listens and is able to discern what is most troubling or where I'm stuck. His approach is friendly and approachable. I'm glad I found him.

Written on Mar 18, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

He listened and gave his best advise and helped by just listening.

Written on Mar 15, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Leonard (Len) is fabulous. He's extremely knowledgable and experienced. He has made me feel extremely safe, heard and supported from the first session.

He understood my core issues immediately and has a brilliant knack for explaining and reframing things to help me understand them better. In the short time we have been working together, Len has helped me explore and develop a greater understanding of myself and the issues I've carried with me since childhood. I am completely confident that with Len's help, I will continue find ways to process and resolve my life-long issues.

I would have absolutely no hesitations in recommending Len to anyone looking for a supportive, experienced counsellor who seems to really care about his clients.

Written on Mar 14, 2021 after therapy with Leonard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I really appreciate what an amazing listener Leonard is. He is insightful and positive and is helping me a great deal.

Work with me!