I consider myself a theoretical integrationist, drawing primarily from attachment, psychodynamic, and existential models of therapy. I strive to understand the whole person and will tailor therapy to the needs of each client. My aim is to provide experiences that address core issues while promoting real and lasting change.
I have a keen interest in helping people address longstanding problems that may have gone unresolved in previous therapy. I am very passionate about my job and enjoy the challenge of uncovering the obstacles that get in the way of each person finding their way to a fulfilling life.
I have been providing therapy to individuals and couples for over twenty years. I enjoy working with adults and older adolescents. I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career/life transitions, and women’s health issues including eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy loss, and menopause.
Our practice, The Brandywine Center, has been providing services to the community for over twenty years. We listen. We understand. We challenge. We help. We have created an environment that is warm, welcoming and supportive, where your voice will be heard. We are a group of therapists you can trust.
Having completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology by a Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, I have extensive and broad clinical training helping diverse populations (4000+ supervised hours of psychotherapy and assessment). I also have special experience working in the correctional (prison) system and completed my thesis on Correctional Staff.
I pride myself on being warm, non-judgmental and easy-going. I take my clinical work seriously and am dedicated to ongoing professional development in evidence-based practice. I employ diverse theoretical approaches and a collaborative, integrative style, to help my clients achieve their individual goals for wellbeing.
Lesley is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member in good standing with the BCACC. Lesley’s training and education includes a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University.
She has completed additional programs in the areas of grief and bereavement counselling, mental health first aid, spiritual care, suicide intervention and applied behavioral analysis.
Therapy will move at your pace. We’ll use proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to break the connection between harmful thoughts and negative emotions. As you begin to learn new coping skills you’ll become more confident taking on the challenge of change.
As therapy progresses, we’ll look deeper to understand how presenting problems are sometimes a cover for other hidden problems often originating in childhood. Over the course of therapy we’ll revisit your therapy goals and evaluate your progress. I look forward to the possibility of working with you.