My name is Leslie, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). The title may be misleading in my case though, because I work mostly with individuals. I have been counseling since 2012, bringing a non-judgmental, empathetic and wholly supportive attitude into every counseling relationship. The clinical theories from which I draw most heavily are client-centered and cognitive behavioral therapies. I will be a genuine presence who always listens attentively and who at times offers feedback and guidance.
The primary focus of my counseling is in three broad categories: people who are confronting a loss, people who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression and people who are in dysfunctional relationships.
Although a degenerative retinal disease left me virtually blind, it also left me with an understanding of the feelings which accompany loss and of the painstaking process of working through those feelings. In addition to my familiarity with loss, my counseling experience, formal education and long personal history provide the tools necessary for me to work together with you on any and all concerns you may bring to counseling.
If you are reading this autobiographical sketch, that’s fantastic! You have already taken the first, and arguably the most difficult step towards achieving your goals. Let’s move onward together.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing
CA LMFT 106165
Leslie listens well and understands my issues with distress tolerance and people pleasing. She is guiding me through a divorce and helping me to have boundaries during a difficult time. I’d recommend her to anyone learning to stand up for themselves in relationships.
Written on May 20, 2020 after therapy with Leslie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues