Stemming from an educational foundation that included four years at parochial colleges, four years at Big Ten and state universities, and four years at a professional school where I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology, I went on to gain administrative, but primarily clinical experience in a range of settings that included a State hospital, County jail, nursing homes, a private psychiatric hospital, and several private practices. In addition, I have managed contracts and provided services through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
My counseling approach is framed in client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, psychodynamic, solution focused, existential, and faith based orientations. In my early years, I was a generalist working with all ages and families. Currently, my preference is working with individuals and/or couples in their late teens and older.
I view counseling as basically a process to learn more about oneself and/or relationship(s), and to make changes in those areas of life where one has control and/or responsibility. My role is that of teacher, analyst, and facilitator to help you reach your goals. I am sensitive to the challenges and obstacles that arise in examining one's thoughts, mood, and behaviors in the course of self-learning, personal/relationship growth, and change. From my breath of experience, I offer a range of perspective and skill building techniques through a flexible and culturally sensitive approach.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
OR Psychologist 3296
Dr. Netland bends over backwards to try and get me in sessions, and I deeply appreciate it. Most of my concerns may be petty, or I may not have much to report, but he will still take time out of his off time to accommodate me and my crazy schedule. If I could meet Les in person for coffee, I would. He deserves it.
Written on Mar 26, 2023 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Great listener, experienced and gives practical advice. Highly recommend
Written on Dec 31, 2022 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 11 months on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dr. Netland has been the most thoughtful and mindful therapist ever. His abilities to create awareness of your situations are nothing short of exceptional. He has helped me understand my self-inflicted traumas through drug abuse, relationships, and self-confidence. I hope to work with him in the future.
Written on Nov 30, 2022 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
He is so responsive and caring, always ask what I need to address and never pressures me. It is the support I need. Thank you.
Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd
He is a great listener. He never interrupts you or tries to twist your words. If you use a phrase that he doesn’t know he asks you to explain it so he can filling understand it. Then he tries hard to use words and explanations that you understand verses technical terms which most people don’t know.
Written on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Dr. Netland is incredible. I've never done therapy before, and he made it super comfortable for me to start up and continue with it. He's an amazing good listener and teacher. He's taught me how to handle certain situations differently or better than I would have before. He really takes the time to listen and asks a lot of questions to get the full picture and to understand. It's been an honor to have him as my first therapist ever, and I think many others would benefit from having him as their therapist just like I have.
Written on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Leslie "Les" for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem