My name is Leslie Kay and I’m a professional counselor, licensed in the state of Tennessee. I began serving in the mental health field in 2010, and in 2014 received my MS in clinical mental health counseling. I’ve worked in various clinical settings, including in a community mental health clinic, a rehabilitative correctional facility, an inpatient addiction recovery center, and most recently on a university campus. I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, motivational and quality-of-life concerns, attachment wounds, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-confidence, spiritual abuse, developmental/stage-of-life concerns, spiritual/meaning-of-life concerns, identity development and addiction recovery.
I would describe my integrated approach to counseling as being strengths-based and client-centered in nature; including elements of motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic and attachment theory; and being informed by neurobiology. While I do not have the expertise to describe myself as trauma-focused, I would say that I am trauma-informed, in that I am mindful of the behavioral and neurological impact of developmental trauma.
I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step toward seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Career difficulties, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy
TN LPC 3860
Life changing! She is so kind caring and knowledgeable. I highly recommend both Better help and Leslie!
Written on Aug 27, 2023 after therapy with Leslie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Leslie is a great listener, and offered feedback to my concerns. She is calm and empathetic. I thoroughly enjoyed my session with Leslie Kay.
Written on May 31, 2023 after therapy with Leslie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues
Leslie is extremely helpful as a therapist in asking questions that help me reframe my problems and take ownership of the solutions. She also finds a ton of very helpful resources like website links and book recommendations — she knows how to tailor her practice to your personality, and I'm a huge reader so she's often sending me things to read that help me understand myself. I've made so much progress since I started therapy with Leslie and I only wish I had tried BetterHelp sooner.
Written on Apr 01, 2023 after therapy with Leslie for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd
Leslie is empathetic and can help clarify feelings in such a way that is productive, likely in part due to her wealth of experience.
Written on Mar 08, 2023 after therapy with Leslie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and coaching
Leslie is really good. She gets to the root of the problem. She cares and listens. I highly recommend her to anyone. I would use her again for sure.
Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Leslie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Leslie takes time to really listen to what I have to say, and makes it known that she is a safe person to talk to (:
Written on Nov 22, 2022 after therapy with Leslie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem