Leslie Capehart holds both a Masters and a Ph.D. in counseling Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor. Leslie has been a licensed counselor since 1994. She has worked in both clinical and in private practice settings in Dallas, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Leslie worked as an Associate Psychology Professor for Indiana University (Indianapolis) in both their under-graduate and graduate counseling and psychology programs. She has vast experience in dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, personality assessment, divorce recovery, family issues and general basic life struggles.
Depression, Anxiety, Relationship issues ... Knowing how to manage life can be difficult and there are times when we feel stuck, unable to move forward. You may find yourself dealing with the same problems over and over. My goal is to encourage you, to challenge you and to help you figure out the core of the issue, to help you identify your blind spots in order that you can move through your situation and make the changes necessary for you to grow and have the life you want.
My specialty is quickly helping you identify and understand your blind spots and move beyond them. Blind spots are those beliefs or areas of your life that often keep us stuck repeating the same patterns that are often the at the core of our relationship problems, depression, anxiety and other life issues.
The counseling relationship is important to the successful outcome of therapy. You are an active participant in the counseling process. My approach is warm and empathetic, yet also direct and authentic. It is my goal to help you, the client, identify the blind spots that have you stuck, to challenge you, support and encourage you as you make the steps necessary toward the change you want.
*Christian Counseling is available upon request.
If you've arrived at this site, chances are that something in your life is not as you wish. You know there is a problem but you just can't seem to move past it. You want to be happy, but just can't seem to get there. My approach to counseling is deeply rooted theories and techniques of cognitive psychology, also called cognitive behavioral therapy. To summarize however, I'm here to help you figure out the core of the issue, to help you identify your blind spots in order that you can move through your situation and make the changes necessary for you to grow and have the life you want. You don't have to be a victim to your life's circumstances. You don't have to continue in the patterns of the past that are no longer working.
Inseparable to the human condition are the stressors of life. Our reactions are typically toward the avoidance of pain. Unfortunately our reactions are often carried out in spite of the long standing ramifications. Counseling provides a way for dealing with the ramifications of such stressors. The goal of counseling is to move you beyond your current sate by assisting you to explore new options, to make new commitments, to take responsibility for your life and to make the changes necessary for a fulfilling life. As you become more emotionally distressed, your thoughts often become more distorted and lead to self-defeating patterns of behavior. You may find yourself continually dealing with the same issues. We repeat what we know. Counseling will help identify these distorted thought patterns and helps you break free from these patterns that no longer work for you. Counseling can help you move beyond a state of helplessness by assisting you to explore new options, to make new commitments and to take responsibility for yourself and your situation.
Christian Counseling is available upon request
Click on the 'contact me' link and send me your name, email, and a brief description and I will promptly be in touch with you. I will send you the information and necessary forms to get started. Counseling sessions can be scheduled 6 days a week. You have the option of skype sessions, email correspondence or telephone sessions.
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My Guiding Ethical Principles
I follow or adhere to the APA or ACA code of ethics as dictated by state licensure. I act on your behalf and my underlying ethic is to do you no harm. Any particular questions you might have, I am happy to address in as much detail as you would like.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
In the broadest terms, the elements that are important for me to know about you, are the key life events that you feel have shaped you into who you are. While we certainly will discuss your past, the focus is more on how you perceived or interpreted events of the past and how those interpretations and your responses to those events are shaping your present and dictating your future. I will be able to get a sense of your general outlook on the world and start to identify patterns of thought and behavior that are consistent through out your life. Generally speaking, the details of your story aren't as important as the way you have interpreted and responded to the life events and let them shape your outlook on life.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy doesn’t have to be daunting and miserable. The process of therapy can be fun and empowering because it allows you to take an active role in your own life and create new possibilities. It’s normal for people to fear or dislike opening up and feeling vulnerable with a counselor. It’s important to remember however, that as a counseling, I'm not here to judge you, but rather to support, encourage and guide you as you navigate through a troubled area of your life. If a you are contemplating therapy yet ambivalent about it, I’d challenge you to give it a try. Get the most out of your life. You have nothing to lose.
My Role as a Therapist
Through cognitive, Adlerian and person-centered therapeutic techniques, my role as a counselor is to assist you to regain a sense of control, to improve your mental functioning and to improve your reality adjustment. As you deal with the repercussions of past events, your situation may seem overwhelming. You may describe the situation as hopeless or resign yourself to the idea that your current misery will continue indefinitely. These negative expectations tend to be fulfilled as you situations in order to validate your beliefs. These beliefs or thoughts become automatic and contribute and maintain the feelings of helplessness. These thoughts become patterns that are repeated time and time again. My job is to have an objective eye and help you identify these automatic thoughts and the role they play in your current situation.
LESLIE CAPEHART, PH.D.
My specialty is helping you identify your blind spots and move beyond them. Blind spots are those beliefs or areas of our life that often keep us stuck repeating the same patterns over and over, causing potential relationship problems, depression, anxiety and other life issues.