Specialty Treatment Areas: Individual therapy with Adolescents (12 years and older), Young Adults (college), Adults, Parent Coaching, in support of struggle with: Depression, Anxiety, Communication, Executive Function, ADHD, Life Transitions, Trauma, Stress Management, Time Management, Organization, Value Identification, Goal Setting, Life Coaching and overall adjustment issues.
Predominant Treatment Modalities: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief/Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology, Mentoring, Life Coaching.
Mind/Body Therapies: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT/Tapping), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy), guided Imagery, mindfulness strategies.
Educational Background: I received my Bachelors Degree from University of Colorado in Psychology in 1994. I completed my Masters Counseling Psychology University of Colorado at Denver in 1997 and became licensed in 2000. During the years of my experience I have completed additional trainings in: Life Coaching, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), (EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), ADHD workshops, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy).
The counseling/coaching relationship provides a unique opportunity that allows you to focus on YOU… not on the outer world and all life’s chores, responsibilities, expectations and daily distractions. This is a safe place for introspection, analysis and evaluating personal progress. This sacred time is set aside for you to safely explore important areas of your life or current stressors. You can feel open to experience your emotions with gentleness, curiosity, and increasing self-awareness. As you more clearly identify your goals, values and hopes, you can set your intention on achieving your best self. This practice leads to living a more “value-driven life” rather than a life that is in response to daily stimuli and stressors. In this way you become more aligned with the truth of who we are. Ultimately, it’s our relationship with ourselves that affects our relationships with others, and allows us to create a life that’s meaningful and fulfilling.
Present and past experiences have influenced your current emotions, thoughts and behaviors. As you begin to examine more mindfully the patterns of action (and inaction) you will begin to feel more empowered and confident to make shifts and gain a greater sense of control in your ability to move in a positive direction.
My therapeutic style is honest, direct, engaged, understanding, often challenging and highly collaborative. Genuine connection is of utmost importance to me. I will be an attentive listener while also looking for behavior patterns or thinking loops that may be holding you back. Often these “conditioned patterns” block growth.
Sometimes our barriers to happiness stem from feelings and deeply ingrained beliefs that are not necessarily true. I like to help examine what “story” we may be telling ourselves or repeating over and over, with a new set of characters.
There is no single path towards expansion, change and healing. With that being said, I adjust my style and interventions to what works best for client’s individual needs.
THE BASIC BELIEF OF COACHING is that I believe you inherently know what’s best sometimes it has just been clouded over. My role is to be a “thinking partner” and help you to find those answers within. We all have an inner wisdom and the sense to know when we are living as our highest and best self. You’ll learn practices to relax and slow down and reconnect with yourself so you can begin to hear what your mind and head is telling you. This change may be uncomfortable at times. Often it happens in small steps or in one area of focus at a time, yet the process is surprisingly simple. I look forward to connecting with you as we work together to facilitate your unique journey.
Leah is a certified facilitator of True Colors Personality Assessment. This is an easy to understand and easy to apply inventory based on Myers Briggs. This process will help an individual gain a sense of his/her primary personality type and how he/she may approach communication, time management, projects, problem solving and conflict. This insightful process will increase team productivity and satisfaction. Leah will assess each individual with an easy on-line link, then produce individual and team results. These valuable reports are personalized for each team member and bring greater awareness to the values and mindsets that drive behaviors. Leah will also facilitate an interactive group seminar which interprets the information while also facilitating group exercises that lead to greater insights and team cohesiveness. In addition: facilitated team conversations and 1:1 coaching is also available post seminar.
Read more here: Leah’s True Colors Flyer
For more information about me and my practice, please visit my website: www.LeahKaplan.com