Leisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin, a National Certified Counselor, and is trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Child-Centered Play Therapist. Since 2019, Leisha has been in private practice where she specializes in working with trauma and children ages 3 through 10, in addition to adolescent and adult clients navigating a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and relationship concerns. After graduating with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2015, Leisha worked at a non-profit agency as a trauma therapist with families referred by child protective services. Prior to this, Leisha completed a two-semester internship at a child advocacy center providing therapy for child survivors of sexual abuse and their families.
Leisha provides a supportive, egalitarian counseling relationship and believes in working alongside clients to maximize their strengths and help them achieve their goals. With her training in evidenced-based methodology, Leisha uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients learn how their thoughts and feelings relate to their behaviors. She also incorporates a trauma-focused and mindfulness-based approach to therapy to better understand clients within the context of their experiences and help them learn to be more accepting of themselves.
Play is the natural language of children, and play therapy allows children to express themselves in a safe environment while navigating life’s challenges. In working with children, Leisha provides a relationship with a safe adult who responds empathetically, sets limits, returns responsibility to the child, builds self-esteem, and facilitates emotional expression.
“I genuinely care for my clients, and I believe a supportive, accepting relationship is the best facilitator of growth and change. No one should have to face life’s challenges alone, and I am honored to join my clients on their journey”.
“I can't see a way through”, said the boy. “
Can you see your next step?" “Yes”
“Just take that”, said the horse. - Charley Mackesy