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Lea Siegel, LCSW

Lea Siegel, LCSW

she/her

Licensed in CA #100234
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth, Anthem Blue Cross
Speaks spanish
As a bicultural and bilingual woman, I understand the stress many people experience in their daily lives.

My Therapy Style

As a bicultural and bilingual woman, I understand the stress many people experience in their daily lives. I was drawn to this work because I have seen how life can become challenging, and I wanted to help people work through it. I use a variety of evidenced-based therapy practices with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients work toward their goals. I work collaboratively with my clients to help build skills and techniques they can use in their daily lives to become more aware of unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought, and start to change these patterns over time.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

Through my life I saw how mental health issues can impact people in very significant ways. I always wanted to help people and realized helping people to improve their mental health is a significant and real way I can improve people's every day lives.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love cooking, hiking, and generally being outdoors. Moving my body in nature and eating delicious foods are some of my greatest pleasures in life!

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I love walking my dog outside, it helps me to move my body and get outside for a little while. I also am a very social person and enjoy talking to friends and family, which helps me feel a lot of life satisfaction.

What book have you read more than once?

I love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I am a romantic and enjoy escaping into another world, another time, and another way of being just for a little while.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I love La Clinica de la Raza, a community health center that works with diverse populations, many of whom are low-income, people of color, and immigrants. Their mission to serve the community to gain access to mental and physical health care is amazing. I also appreciate their commitment to providing care in languages other than English is commendable.

How do you recharge?

I love to get away with my husband, son, and dog. We love to get away for a day, weekend, or longer to explore the natural beauty of California, often going on hikes and eating delicious foods. Being in nature especially really helps me recharge and take a literal and metaphorical breath.

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog named Nani. Nani is a rescue who was found on the streets of Oakland, CA. Soon after getting Nani, my husband and I realized she loved being in nature about as much as we did! In general whether we go to the forest or the beach Nani gets so excited and runs around joyfully.