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Leslie Mendoza

Leslie Mendoza


10 years of experience

Leslie is a clinical licensed professional counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. She has worked with children, youth and families for 10 years in non-profit organizations. She draws from multiple clinical orientations to meet her client's needs and help them achieve their personal goals. Leslie is excited to work with youth (13+), young adults, and adults via telehealth. Leslie es una terapeuta licenciada en el estado de Illinois. Ella recibio su maestría en psicología en la universidad de Northwestern. Ella a trabajado con niños, jóvenes, y familias durante 10 años en organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Ella se basa en múltiples orientaciones clínicas para satisfacer las necesidades de sus clientes y ayudarlos a alcanzar sus objetivos personales. Leslie está entusiasmada de trabajar con jóvenes (mayores de 13+), adultos jóvenes, y adultos a través de telesalud.

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

The first session will be an opportunity for clients to share what they want to get out of therapy and from their therapist. I will take the opportunity to identify the client's moments of glow and growth which will help me identify if I have the capacity to support their goals. lf we determine that we are a good fit, we will work together to identify short and long term goals to strive for during our time together in the therapeutic space. La primera sesión será una oportunidad para que los clientes compartan lo que quieren obtener de la terapia y de su terapeuta. Aprovecharé la oportunidad para identificar los momentos de brillo y crecimiento del cliente que me ayudarán a identificar si tengo la capacidad de apoyar sus objetivos. Si determinamos que tenemos un buen partido, vamos a trabajar juntos para identificar objetivos a corto y largo plazo durante nuestro tiempo juntos en el espacio terapéutico.

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

Having the privilege to have worked with individuals from all ages and walks of life allowed me to practice compassion, mindfulness, kindness, patience, cultural humility, and non-judgment. I strive to provide my clients opportunities for corrective emotional experiences and healing. I want to empower clients to feel better about their experiences and advocate their needs to others in a healthy manner. Tener el privilegio de haber trabajado con personas de todas las edades y estilos de vida me permitió practicar compasión, atención plena, bondad, paciencia, humildad cultural y el no juzgar. Me esfuerzo por brindarles a mis clientes oportunidades de experiencias emocionales correctivas y de curación. Quiero capacitar a los clientes para que se sientan mejor acerca de sus experiencias y defiendan sus necesidades ante los demás de una manera saludable.

About Leslie Mendoza

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My treatment methods

Person-centered (Rogerian)

I draw from several treatment methods to meet my client's needs because I have found that they benefit from different approaches to achieve their personal goals. One modality may not always be a great fit for everyone, so I optimize my client's experience by exploring perspectives that allows us to have a better understanding of their experience and growth.

Family Therapy

After working several years with children and youth, I've learn that it is necessary for a caregiver to be involved in their child's treatment in order to see significant progress in goal achievement. It takes a support network to provide youth the social-emotional support needed to thrive at home, school, and socially.

Trauma Informed Care

I've witnessed how spaces and systems can be re-traumatizing or damaging for an individual. To me, trauma informed care means redefining the client experience by ensuring that the provider is compassionate, mindful, collaborative, respectful, and an active listener at a minimum. I work with my clients to create a space that will foster safety, trust, confidence and courage to explore the pain in order to begin the healing process.

Solution Focused Brief Treatment

I believe that every individual has strengths in areas of expression, creativity and innovation. I guide clients to find and feel confident about the choices they make in their day-to-day or in life. Therapy does not have to be a lengthy process that takes years in the making. Sometimes, we just need a neutral voice that allow us to see the whole picture, and I believe I can help people achieve this task.