Lesley Eckhardt

(LCSW, MSW)
Therapist Lesley  Eckhardt Photo

About Me

Hello and welcome to BetterHelp! The journey forward begins with you, and you have made that first step to begin this endeavor. It is my hope that I can come along side you and help you navigate your journey by facing and overcoming challenges of the past and present that have been inhibiting you from reaching your fullest potential and becoming the best version of yourself.

My name is Lesley Eckhardt, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida with 25+ years of experience in crisis, trauma, and attachment, as well as depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD, working with children, teens, adults, and the elderly, as well multi-generational family systems. As a clinician, I utilize a client-centered approach within a systems framework, allowing for personal and interpersonal insights and developing healthy cognitive and behavioral responses that will lead to personal growth. It is my desire to provide you the compassion and acceptance that is needed to break the ties that are keeping you from moving forward.

I have worked in the fields of crisis counseling, school-based counseling, therapeutic foster care, parenting, and adoptions particularly related to attachment theory. I have also provided homeschool, academic, and career counseling and life coaching.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

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), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW6616 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by E.L. on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and coaching

So far so good. Although we are less than a handful of sessions in at this point, I find Lesley to be a deep listener, probing questions where it doesn't feel invasive, couched in support for where I want to take the session. I look forward to more sessions, I definitely need someone to lovingly challenge me where necessary, without me feeling like I'm being attacked. Lesley has the gift to do that and I walk away feeling better after a session with her than when I walked in.

Written by V.A. on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lesley Eckhardt is an amazing person and a very caring therapist. She respects her patients thoughts and ideas and is open to new ideas and makes us feel very comfortable talking about it which is really crucial! She is patient and let's the us talk our heart out! I really like talking to Lesley and it really calms me down. I would highly recommend her to others if given the opportunity. I really like her caring and loving vibe. :D

Written by A.L. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Lesley is a fantastic listener, who expertly guides emotional conversations towards practical solutions, while acknowledging and validating feelings. I've left every session thus far with a sense of empowerment and a list of manageable tasks to change my situation for the better, in small but meaningful increments.

Written by D.I. on Oct 16, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lesley is very understanding and very compassionate with her clients! I really really like her and feel comfortable with her as a counselor/therapist! She has been helpful with things during my short time with her offered from Bryant & Stratton college!

Written by M.A. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I have enjoyed my sessions with Lesley. She is understanding and offers good advice. I love her energy and I always feel better after our sessions together!

Written by M.I. on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Lesley has been an amazing support in every way. She is a great listener and her comments are always insightful. I feel heard, understand, and always end the session feeling like a weight lifted. Looking forward to continuing our sessions and would certainly recommend her to anyone !

Written by C.O. on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

So grateful for her presence in my life.

Written by O.R. on Sep 02, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

The best person I ever meet definitely life changer :)

Written by H.A. on Aug 29, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Lesley is so kind, smart, and understanding. I look forward to every message, session, and call with her! 10/10 recommend her to any & all.

Written by A.L. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and anger management

Lesley is really awesome. Listens, allows you to talk through and talk out your issues. Provides really deep and insightful comments and helps you work through issues at your speed and your terms.

Written by B.R. on Aug 09, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Lesley has been a great resource as I have navigated new changes in my life and the many changes happening in our world currently. I immediately felt comfortable talking with her and have found her support essential to helping me navigate these past few months. I highly recommend her as a therapist and plan to continue my own work with her as well!

Written by C.H. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I feel as though Lesley is digging at the root of my problems. Each session ends with me becoming more myself, more healed.

Written by S.O. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I am working with Lesley for the past couple of months. She is extremely nice. Doesn't rush through the session and has helped me sort through a lot of things already. I feel so much warmth talking to her.

Written by L.I. on Jul 24, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

She has a wide range of techniques and tools to share communicated through the lens of a respected friend! Always supportive, never judgmental and always makes herself available!

Written by M.A. on Jul 13, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lesley is a kind hearted professional respectable she listens very well and is able to give options of feedback advice she makes me feel better about myself of my plans she’s patient I definitely recommend her I’m glad I got paired with Lesley

Written by A.N. on Apr 21, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 3 months

Lesley is an all around awesome person. I have made so much progress with her help, including my relationship with God, my relationship with my wife, and learning to love myself again. I'm not very good with words, but somehow, she understands what I'm saying and where I'm coming from. She definitely has a gift.

Written by J.A. on Apr 17, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Lesley is a wonderful therapist. She has always been supportive and available whenever I needed anyone to talk to. I am so pleased that I found her via BetterHelp.

Written by S.H. on Apr 08, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I felt comfortable with Lesley right away. I wasn't sure what I wanted to talk about but soon into our call I was very comfortable and talking. Our session time flew by. I didn't realize I needed to talk with a counselor until we started talking - now I can't wait for my next session. I've been holding more stress in than I realized.

Written by A.M. on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks

It has been wonderful working with Lesley. The comfort level and rapport made it seem as though I had met her before; I enjoy the support, concrete suggestions, understanding through the emotional moments, and yet also the ability to laugh and cry within moments of each other. I feel as though we dig deep and make progress each session and, in fact, look forward to the next session. She never rushes and I don't feel like we are "watching the clock." I am glad to have been connected with her and look forward to seeing how much we can accomplish together.

Written by M.E. on Mar 23, 2021 after therapy with Lesley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Absolutely amazing!