Who is Leslie?
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have been fortunate enough to work with a diverse clientele including individuals, couples, and families and specializing in women’s issues, couples therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and anxiety disorders. I support my clients to develop their signature strengths and encourage them to use these strengths to combat sabotaging self beliefs to find new ways of coping. After twenty-five years of experience, I have seen my clients, with patience and persistence, cultivate greater confidence and self-esteem, richer relationships with partners and families, and more emotional balance and health.
In order to support clients to create real change, Leslie began her academic career in 1988 at The University of Kentucky where she received a full academic scholarship, graduating with Honors while earning a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Nursing Studies. In 1997, she continued her academic pursuit graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a full academic scholarship achieving a Masters in Counseling with a focus in Women’s Studies.
After graduation, Leslie dedicated her time working for a number of women’s service organizations that specialized in crisis support, holistic health and well-being, substance abuse, eating disorders, and domestic violence. During this time, she started one of the first Women’s Health Outreach Programs in Cincinnati, Ohio educating women on healthy behaviors for physical and mental health. Due to the success of this program, Leslie was awarded additional funding from the City of Cincinnati and earned a service award for her outreach efforts. While at U.C. in Women Student Services, she started one of the first women’s therapy programs which gave female students a safe place for crisis and counseling support in trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What is her expertise?
For the past 14 years, Leslie has worked in private practice. Along with honing skills in working with women, she has focused on treating couples and working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. She has invested her time learning the latest counseling theories that help individuals generate real change. Her approach is eclectic allowing her to use the theory that works best with each client. She integrates some of the most innovative treatments for anxiety that involve brain science, mindfulness, and cognitive psychology into her counseling. To further advance her work with couples, she has attended intensive trainings in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) focusing on negative interactive patterns that keep couples stuck in unhealthy ways of relating. For Trauma, she attended a year long intensive training in Gestalt therapy and studied the latest theories in Shame Reduction and Attachment Focused Therapy. Additional trainings include Relational Life Therapy (RLT), Male Depression – RLT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Family Systems, Grief/Bereavement Processing, and Gender-related therapy.
What else should we know about Leslie?
Along with staying current in the field of psychology and counseling, Leslie is very comfortable with integrating her clinical expertise with faith and spirituality. She has taught seminars on “Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World” and supports couples and families to stay grounded through faith.
In 2003 her son Kameron was diagnosed with autism leading to her involvement with the autism community and gaining a special understanding for parents of children with special needs. In 2011, Leslie relocated from Cincinnati Ohio to Northern Virginia, with her son Kameron and her husband Ken