I have been practicing 35 years as a Clinical Licensed Social Worker providing mental health and behavioral counseling services to children and adults in a variety of outpatient. inpatient, school and medical settings. Some the presenting issues for which I have experience and additional training include addressing delayed effects of trauma, developing adaptive replacement coping skills, decreasing effects of anxiety/depression, family of origin and relationship issues, coping with grief & loss, increasing motivation, self esteem/confidence, managing chronic pain, decreasing phobic/avoidance behaviors, ADHD, autism and stress management.
When starting therapy, one of my top priorities is to create, as quickly as possible, a therapeutic relationship of mutual respect that provides a safe & nurturing environment honoring the courage it takes to venture into the unknown, share private information and to be willing to try some new things.
My style of therapy is based upon a wellness model that honors the whole person emphasizing that a balance between and within multiple spheres of human needs is the basis for mental and emotional wellbeing. So you can expect that in the first session, I will be asking you to share current and historical information about each one on these areas: Social, Emotional, Mental (thinking processes), Physical, Spiritual. From there together we will define areas that are causing you to seek counseling. I also work from a client centered model, which means we work as a collaborative team. Decisions about goals and priorities are decided upon by you with my professional feedback/ clarification assisting you in exploring/defining the issue and its priority.
From there we will be begin developing a plan to address those in the most meaningful way. Out of my tool box of interventions, I will recommend the evidence based ones that will be most effective. I will explain the intervention and how it works so you can make an informed decision about that course of treatment. The interventions that I have used extensively in my practice and for which I have engaged in on-going training include but limited to: Cognitive & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT & DBT), trauma informed interventions, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Grief Counseling, Family Therapy, Client Centered Therapy. In addition I have experience & knowledge of psychopharmacology.
Therapy is a very dynamic process which needs to be able to adapt to a need for a change in direction. In order to keep to ensure the plan can adapt to your needs, each session we will be evaluating those earlier treatment goal decisions to refine or move in position of priority redefining treatment goals as needed. Also, we will process your experiences & results of outside assignments that occur between sessions. The pace, depth and direction of sessions will be up to you with my therapeutic feedback and support.
If this describes what you think will be a good match, I look forward to meeting you on line and support to take next steps so moving forward.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Dissociation, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
TX LCSW 12701
Lesa is a thoughtful, gentle, nonjudgemental, insightful therapist. My quality of life has decidedly improved since I started seeing her.
Written on Sep 30, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts
I highly recommend Lesa. She’s been a life saver for me. She listens and gives me the tools that I need and it helps. I am where I am today bc of her.
Written on Sep 18, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
The perfect fit!!! Couldn’t recommend her more highly!!!
Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions
Ms. Lesa is an expert listener and has some awesome advice and keys to work through problems. She is knowledgeable, kind, caring, and let’s you figure it out on your own. She has helped me keep my emotions level and my life has definitely improved in every area. 100% recommend!!❤️
Written on Jul 14, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Lesa is very helpful, she listens closely and always try to undestand my needs.
Written on Jun 27, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Lesa is extremely supportive in helping me recognize and overcome areas in my life where I felt stuck. I still have challenges, but with Lesa’s support I feel we will come up with solutions to achieve my best life. Lesa is the best!
Written on Apr 28, 2023 after therapy with Lesa for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes