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Leigh Hall, LMFT
When we can view ourselves with compassion, we can then challenge ourselves to examine thought and behavior patterns that may be keeping us stuck and learn to move beyond them.

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Leigh Hall, LMFT

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused

Therapy Style

I believe that the first step towards change is acceptance; therefore, I strive to create a non-judgmental space, one that views many "symptoms" as coping mechanisms that made sense at some point but have outgrown whatever usefulness they once had. When we can view ourselves with compassion, we can then challenge ourselves to examine thought and behavior patterns that may be keeping us stuck and learn to move beyond them. An important part of this work is getting in touch with our core values and finding ways to remain in alignment with those values as we move towards our goals. When we know what we truly value and can detach from ideas of "right" and "wrong," we often realize that many paths can lead us to fulfillment, and that avoidance of uncomfortable feelings and experiences only keeps us in stasis.

In my work, I use mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral approaches, combined with cultural sensitivity and curiosity — as well as a dose of irreverence — to help clients reconnect with themselves and their true values, honor their emotions without being controlled by them, and access their strengths to build resiliency and a sense of purpose.

Education

BA - Art History, Princeton University

MA - Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

Internship - Village Counseling and Wellness

Practicum - New Directions for Veterans

License Number and State

CA 118369

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

Travel, reading, music, yoga, film and television.

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

Every day, I connect with someone I love.

What book have you read more than once and why?

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood — it's so psychologically complex, a quiet, slow-burning thriller.

Favorite organization/non-profit and why?

Planned Parenthood. I worked for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles for a time and they provide invaluable health and wellness services to so many people while fighting to preserve and improve reproductive rights.

How do you recharge?

Nothing is more restorative for me than spending time with my friends.

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