About Dr. Leeann
I have practiced in a variety of therapeutic settings over the past 20 years, from victims rights advocacy to inpatient psychiatric treatment. These experiences have expanded my understanding of the unique needs of each patient and deepened my belief that mental health is a truly unique experience for every individual. What works for one person may not work for another person. To develop optimal mental health, it is important to find out what works for you, to be open to trying new things and allowing the process of understanding and acceptance to happen. I look forward to walking this journey with you.
Healing takes time, a little bit of humor and a whole lot of patience goes a long way in the therapeutic process.
My passion is helping people find a way to heal while developing authentic and joyful lives. I have found that the following certifications have helped me to guide patients more effectively on their healing journeys.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized form of trauma therapy that targets the psychological and physiological aspects of distressing memories. Originally developed in the late 1980's by Francine Shapiro to treat PTSD, EMDR is now being utilized for a wide variety of symptoms, from sleep problems to test anxiety to pain disorders. EMDR treatment is based upon the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model which states that traumatic reactions are related to the way memories are processed and stored in the brain. EMDR treatment is focused on reprocessing these old memories to make them more adaptive to the present.
"EMDR is about liberating the person from the past so that she can be free from it, and happy in the present…It’s about lifting the negative lenses from the past that tint your experience of present.” - Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
The Daring Way™ by Brené Brown (Certified Facilitator)
The Daring Way is a shame resilience program developed by Brené Brown to help people find more joy in their lives. Shame is a strong emotion characterized by feelings of unworthiness and isolation. You know you're feelings shame when you think "I'm not enough" or "I don't matter."
The work of Brené Brown has changed my life. The principles of authenticity and vulnerability continue to change the way I view and interact with the world. Before understanding the impact of shame (feelings of "I'm not worthy" or "there is something wrong with me") I did not realize the havoc it was creating in my life. Walls, armor, detachment, numbing - these were my friends. They protected me, or so I thought, from the dangers of the world. I now see that these "coping skills" were actually holding me hostage.
For some, including myself, learning to live a more authentic and vulnerable life takes times and practice. As Brené has shared, authenticity is not something we have or don't have. It's a moment by moment choice of how we want to live. I imagine many of the best parts of life are like that, making a decision in the moment of how you want to show up. While allowing yourself to learn and mess up sometimes.
Trainings & Certifications.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners - License No. 2691 - Current
Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners - License No. 4439 - Inactive
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (PsyD), Phoenix, AZ
Masters of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University (MA), Los Angeles, CA
Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Viterbo University (BS), La Crosse, WI
Practicum Therapist at Psychological Counseling Services, Scottsdale, AZ (2009)
Family Therapist at The Meadows, Wickenburg, AZ (2010)
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 2014 - Current
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) 2014 - Current
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) 2014-2018 Inactive