Hi, nice to meet you, my name is Lesley. I am a LCSW in Missouri with over a decade experience working as a direct practice social worker with transitional age youth and adults. I have supported clients with stress and anxiety, career difficulties, interpersonal goals and challenges, and coping with life changes. I also completed the training to become a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher in 2016 and feel privileged to offer yoga as another tool to my clients during their therapy appointments. I also learned during my yoga journey this practice is truly for EVERYBODY. All you need to do yoga is your breath. Yoga allows us the opportunity to practice mindfulness and focus on being present in the moment with ourselves. I also am proud to be a dog mom since 2020 to Teddy, a rescue Shihtzu mix. Teddy influences our household to continue exploring ways we can live an intentional life and appreciate the many moments that come our way.
When making a decision to work with a therapist, it is also important to know if your availability aligns with the therapist’s availability in order to benefit the most from therapy.
Please know I have a full time profession outside of BetterHelp and here is an idea of what my availability may look like most weeks: I currently offer evening weekday appointments after 6 pm CT zone on certain Monday through Thursdays each week, select Saturday morning / daytime slots, and select Sunday evening times after 6 pm CT zone.
My therapy sessions involve the use of techniques from mindfulness, MBCT, DBT, and ACT. My hope is to guide others to be the best version of themselves daily and recognize their passions that bring purpose to life. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I want to support my clients and colleagues in normalizing conversations about therapy and mental health.
It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Very good and very well done and appreciated for her contribution to my life
Written on Nov 24, 2023 after therapy with Lesley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and adhd
She’s helped me learn and stay more present which has brought me a lot of relief in my life.
Written on Nov 08, 2023 after therapy with Lesley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Attentive, encouraging and I got a good deal of wisdom from the exercises and sessions. I would recommend.
Written on Nov 03, 2023 after therapy with Lesley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd