Leilah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#12055) with a degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She has over 20 years of direct and indirect counselling experience. Leilah has worked in government, non-profit, and for-profit agencies in a variety of positions from front-line to management. Her experience is extensive and encompasses a multitude of human experiences such as mental health, addictions, separation/divorce, blended families, parenting, grief/loss, trauma, violence, abuse, stress, workplace challenges, relationship challenges, family/criminal court systems, and the continued impact that colonization has on Aboriginal people in Canada.
In 2012, Leilah began focusing more directly on the counselling aspect of her career by entering into private practice counselling. From 2015 to 2017, Leilah worked as a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician while operating her own counselling practice. In 2017, Leilah joined the Synergy Counselling Team and is very happy to now offer her counselling services on a full-time basis.
Leilah is a generalist practitioner who employs a strengths-based, holistic approach. Leilah is trained in and has experience with cognitive behavioural therapy, art and play therapy, resilience, attachment, trauma, and mindfulness. Leilah is a proponent of the Health at Every Size movement and supports the practice of Intuitive Eating.
Leilah has a particular interest in working with clients who are experiencing varying degrees and types of anxiety. This passion has lead her into training, research, one-to-one work, family work, and the development/facilitation of therapeutic and educational groups on anxiety management (for the anxious themselves, for parents, for caregivers, for teachers, and for employers). It is Leilah’s desire to support her clients and their families along this journey, and to help them successfully manage this very common life experience.
Leilah is passionate about assisting her clients in developing a deeper level of personal insight. It is her belief that a greater understanding of self can promote long-lasting, positive change. She feels a great sense of honour when given the opportunity to listen, validate, empower, and assist.
Leilah offers: Individual counselling (ages six and up), art/play therapy (for children aged six years and up), group development/facilitation (on a multitude of topics) and clinical supervision.