Who is Leslie?
Leslie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in the field of Counseling for 30 years. She specializes in couples’ counseling and trauma therapy. She also has extensive experience with anxiety and depressive disorders, codependency or over-responsibility, and women’s issues. She encourages clients to use their strengths to combat sabotaging beliefs and find new ways of coping with adversity.
Leslie’s provides customized treatment for the unique needs of each client. She integrates traditional and current therapy techniques to help clients make lasting, positive changes. Her clients report greater confidence, restored relationships, increased emotional balance, and more happiness.
What is her expertise?
Individual Therapy – Leslie’s extensive training and experience has enabled her to specialize in treating anxiety, including - posttraumatic stress. As a Trauma Informed Therapist, she is able to effectively support clients to learn how to regulate symptoms and practice grounding as a way to mitigate the effects of trauma. Her approach is eclectic and combines empathy with accountability, allowing her to use the theory that works best for each client including IFS (Internal Family Systems), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Interpersonal Biology (Brain Science), Attachment Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy.
In addition, Leslie leverages her experience with Couples to bring a unique perspective to individual counseling. She is able to help people understand their thoughts and feelings in the context of their relationships. She is interested in helping clients create deep and lasting relationships with their partners, family, and friends.
Couples’ Counseling – Leslie is passionate about her work with couples. Due to her unique perspective as a Trauma and Attachment Informed Therapist, she is able to help couples understand how one’s past may contribute to reactivity or defensiveness in the relationship. Couples - who learn how to regulate when they trigger each other - tend to develop more compassion and empathy for themselves and their partner. Her specialized training in couples work includes; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Gottman Relational Therapy, Relational Life Institute Theory (RLT).
Leslie has been particularly inspired by the results from her Conjoint Couples Counseling with her colleague, Dr. Craig Moorman. This exciting model is where two therapists are present in a couples’ session. As a result, both individuals have a therapist who will advocate for them and help them navigate the process. Individual sessions are also included in the model as a way for couples to process their feelings outside of the couples’ sessions to work on their individual growth, further enhancing the efficacy of the Conjoint Sessions.
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.
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.
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.