Leslie Collord, LMHC
Joining when the new Waterfront office opens, February/March 2020!
Leslie Collord’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
I believe that while relationships can be the source of pain and suffering, it is through relationships that we are offered the opportunity to recover and heal.
I consider being a therapist to be a privilege and an honor. Making a decision to reach out, to be vulnerable, to risk honesty and openness can take courage. In my work with clients, I aim to create a welcoming, accepting, genuine, and nonjudgmental space to facilitate exploration and change. I appreciate the opportunities and challenges that come with having difficult conversations on your path to living a more genuine, fulfilled life.
My therapeutic approach is influenced by trainings in relational psychotherapy, attachment theory, neurobiology, and trauma-informed care. I received my Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Portland State University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest, especially in rain and fog. I also love to connect with family and friends and spend my weekends reading, baking, and getting out of my comfort zone.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Life transitions
- Teens (13+)
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals
Q&A with Leslie
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I prefer to focus on the deeper issue, although I can flex to meet immediate concerns too! Sometimes we have to deal with immediate problems to be able to get to deeper issues.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
It depends on what is needed in the moment. I can be more directive as the situation requires andI can get out of the way too. I believe that ultimately clients are leading because they are directing their own path.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I don’t shy away from the “tough” stuff. I love collaboration and creativity in the therapeutic relationship. I believe in clients and feel privileged to be a part of their lives!
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d like to be able to instill clients with appreciation and compassion for themselves and what they are doing through.
5.) What makes you laugh?
Dogs! They can be so in the moment.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
My ancestors. Geologists. People from ancient civilizations. I would have dinner with just about anyone because everyone has a story to tell!