Leah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina. She obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. During her master’s studies, Leah conducted research related to adolescent identity development, self-esteem, and substance use. Through these endeavors, her interest grew in working with adolescents and young adults in their quest to develop their own unique identity while coping with mental health symptoms and life stressors. This interest naturally lead to a professional focus on trauma, substance use, and now eating disorders.
Prior to joining Veritas, Leah worked in community mental health settings with roles that included Outpatient Therapy Director, Lead Clinician, Clinic Coordinator, and Mental Health/Substance Abuse Counselor. She has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, chemical dependence, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Much of her professional practice has been with children and adolescents who are adopted or in foster care.
Leah has received additional training in Substance Use Disorders with a focus on treating co-occurring disorders. She also received specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the NC Center for Child and Family Health.