Hello and welcome! The journey forward begins with you, and you have made that first step to begin this endeavor. It is my hope that I can come along side you and help you navigate your journey by facing and overcoming challenges of the past and present that have been inhibiting you from reaching your fullest potential and becoming the best version of yourself. My name is Lesley Eckhardt, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida with 25+ years of experience in crisis, trauma, and attachment, as well as depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD, working with children, teens, adults, and the elderly, as well as multi-generational family systems. As a clinician, I utilize a client-centered approach within a systems framework, allowing for personal and interpersonal insights and developing healthy cognitive and behavioral responses that will lead to personal growth. It is my desire to provide you the compassion and acceptance that is needed to break the ties that are keeping you from moving forward. I have worked in the fields of crisis counseling, school-based counseling, therapeutic foster care, parenting, and adoptions particularly related to attachment theory. I have also provided homeschool, academic, and career counseling and life coaching.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Our session allow you the space to explore and make mental shifts that allow you to create healthy thoughts and behavioral patterns to better serve you in your daily life. It is my goal for you to gain greater insight into your emotions, thought, and behaviors, and learn new strategies to master self and to better navigate internal and external conflicts and stressors. I will work with you to resolve issues related to the internal self, relationships, attachment, past traumas, or abuse, that have created maladaptive cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns and provide tools for you to become the best version of yourself.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Treatment methods I use are Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Therapy.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I enjoy working with a wide range of issues including Depression and Anxiety, Trauma and Abuse, Attachment, ADHD, Life Transitions, Parenting issues, Academic and Career Guidance, Emerging Adulthood, and Multigenerational and Blended Family Dynamics.