Therapist Profile

Name:
Leslie Valas, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
2001 Dwight Way Suite 201 Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone:
(510) 594-4316
License Number
LMFT41833
Practicing Since:
2001
Additional Licenses:
M.A., MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
It can be hard to ask for help, especially when life feels overwhelming. When you feel bad about yourself or insecure, every day decisions may seem impossible. You may long for more closeness and emotional intimacy, but feel stuck when it comes to getting those needs met. It may be hard at times to recognize your emotional needs - especially if you're a caregiver to your own kids, your parents, a spouse or others. Old patterns of putting other people first can leave you drained and depleted.

My work as an individual therapist and marriage counselor has taught me that these problems almost always have roots in the way we were mothered (or under-mothered).

Therapy offers a quiet place to hear your own thoughts and feelings and learn how to respond to them in ways that make you feel restored and taken care of. Through the process of listening to and honoring your own needs, it becomes easier to ask for and receive help from others. And feeling better leaves you stronger and more resilient, more capable of giving care in ways that really work for you.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Day & Evening Appointments
Services
Individual and Couples Therapy for the Mother Wound: Low Self Esteem/Depression, Parenting Problems and Relationship Problems
Insurance
No Insurance Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.A,. Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy School of Professional Psychology, 2001

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anxiety
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Individual
Parenting
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Women's Issues

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Psychodynamic
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Jewish

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