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Caitlin the Counselor, LPC, LCDC, CCTP-II

Caitlin the Counselor, LPC, LCDC, CCTP-II


4 years of experience

Hi there, my name is Caitlin Leeper and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) with years of experience in addiction recovery and dual diagnosis, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level-II, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy certification. I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is a true passion of mine to create a safe and accepting space for people to feel and process what is keeping them trapped in patterns and cycles they want to escape. Working together with clients, I hope to help them develop healthy coping skills to make positive choices for themselves and their healing and recovery. As a counselor, I've worked in an acute inpatient center, treating addiction with co-occurring disorders, and have extensive experience with the 12-step model of recovery. As a lead therapist in a substance abuse intensive outpatient program, I've facilitated both group and individual counseling with a trauma-informed approach. Utilizing techniques borrowed from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), I treat clients from a holistic, client-centered perspective. In a private practice setting, I have been helping clients develop the skills they need to manage their symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, and other mental health conditions. I believe everyone has a unique life experience–physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. With that in mind, I provide each client with an individualized approach to healing to address their unique needs. *Currently completing Trauma Conscious Yoga Method Certification

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session I will do my best to get an understanding of what brings you to therapy and what you hope to gain from the process. This will allow us to get to know each other better so we can get to work reaching your therapy goals in the next sessions.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

Based on what you guys have told me, my process is different than most therapists. My goal is to always leave you guys feeling hope and motivated. Strengthening your ability to see progress and gains, no matter how small they may be. We set goals together and you will be educated and learn the tools and skills you need to reach those goals, however, our sessions are very much a "let's see where this takes us today" feel. Honestly, as important as my schooling, degrees and licenses are, my biggest strength is my life experience. I have a total of 23 years of experience in substance abuse and codependency recovery, trauma healing, grief recovery, and mental health counseling in my personal life, both as the person struggling and as someone who loves someone who is struggling.

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My treatment methods

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

"If I would have learned this in kindergarten, maybe life would have been a little easier" or something along those lines is the consistent feedback I get with these skills. DBT incorporates ways to tolerate stress, identify and regulate our emotions, set boundaries and communicate more effectively to keep and maintain the relationships that are important to us, and have the awareness of when we need to actually be using our therapy tools we are learning in sessions.

Trauma Informed Care

We all operate out of the lense of our experience. If our mind and body don't know they are safe, they are going to be reacting from a place of survival in all of their interactions. Understanding trauma and the "legacy" of symptoms it leaves behind is integral in starting heal and let go of our past, so we can stop the cycle of reacting to current circumstances based on past events.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Tried and true, CBT allows us to change our thoughts to change our lives. 99.9999% of times, our problems stem from our mind. Our thoughts influence our feelings, our feelings influence our attitudes, and our attitudes influence our actions. If we can change the way we think, we can change the way we do things.