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Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy


At this time my psychotherapy practice remains full, and I do not keep a waitlist. 

Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#17891)

Registered Social Worker  with the BC College of Social Workers (#09523)


Approach

Leslie practices from a relational and process-oriented approach, integrating mindful somatic therapies, attachment theory, psychodynamics, EMDR, and ecological-feminist values.

Since 2007,  Leslie has worked in a variety of trauma, mental health, and addictions programs. ​

Currently, her areas of specialization include:

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Developmental / Complex Trauma
  • Insecure Attachment / Developmental Attachment Injuries
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic Shame
  • Moderate to Severe Difficulties with Anxiety
  • Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy 

Leslie's practice prioritizes the therapeutic relationship as a site for relational repair, and exploring new models and ways of being relationally. Trauma recovery requires addressing previous ruptures/failures in attachment and the ways we adapt in the absence of "safe enough" relational connection. 

Recognizing and working with changing nervous system states in the counselling process is also central to restoring the capacity to experience more regulation and resilience.

Education & Training

Leslie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, requiring 1200 hours of supervised practicum.

 She has completed post-graduate certification in the following:

  • Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Sexual Abuse Intervention (JIBC, 1 year program)
  • MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD (MAPS, 100 hours)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  - Level 1  (50 hours)
  • Bringing the Body into Practice: Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy Certification (Two year program in progress)

In addition to these certifications, Leslie has also completed ongoing training in the following modalities:

  • Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy (2018-present)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (2014-2019)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy (2020-2022)
  • Psilocybin and Ketamine Assisted Therapy for Depression (2020-2022)
  • Narrative Therapy (2008-2010)
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Mental Health and Addictions (2011-2021)
  • And dozens of brief trainings in Indigenous cultural competence, domestic violence, addiction medicine, DBT & art therapy
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