Leisa Watkins

(LMFT)

About Me

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Idaho with 9 years working as a psychotherapist. I have experience working with adolescents and families of all ages, composition, and backgrounds. I have significant experience with sex offenders, sex abuse victims, domestic violence victims, and individuals/families dealing with substance abuse, emotional dysregulation and anger management issues, and addictions. I am experienced in working with multiple issues such as trauma and PTSD, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety, bullying, self-esteem and confidence issues, relationship issues, and co-dependency. For the past year, I have been working intensely with teens struggling with substance and pornography addictions.
My approach to therapy is empathic and compassionate. Each individual has their own story and view and I encourage my clients to voice those. I provide a supportive, validating environment and emphasize that therapy is client-centered and their needs supercede any possible agenda. I'm here to offer guidance, motivation, structure, support, and acceptance. I see my role as that of facilitator in assisting my clients to create the life they want and overcoming the challenges they face.
My preferred modalities are DBT, CBT, and the client-centered therapies to address negative thought processes and the development of positive communication skills.
I applaud you for seeking assistance. You've taken the first step to attaining better mental and emotional health by recognizing that you don't have to deal with trials alone. I look forward to building a strong working relationship with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #LMFT-7510 (Expires: 2021-07-01)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Leisa took the time and effort to work through my issues and is addressing them so that I can return to 'normal' long term.

Written by B.R. on Mar 31, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Leisa is experienced and uses her skills in a functional way that is implemented during her sessions.

Written by B.R. on Mar 30, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

She’s amazing, the best counselor I’ve ever had.

Written by K.A. on Mar 27, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts

Leisa Watkins has provided wonderful help and support during disturbing times over the past three months. She has always responded within 24 hours (mostly less) when I message and the video sessions have proved incredibly beneficial. I feel I have moved from an emotional wreck and returned to my previous confident self with her assistance.

Written by L.I. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Leisa is straightforward and to the point. I can write long messages in text, and she can summarize it into one or two poignant questions. If you want a chatterbox or someone with a lot of opinions or direct advice, she is not the counselor for you. But if you need someone to be a listener and let you vent, then allow you space to process and give you good questions to think about your own decisions, the she’s the gal for you. I can tell she cares about my wellbeing and my dating relationship while keeping things timely and professional. She also is very clear when something is out of her scope of practice or expertise and I love that she will direct me to other resources.

Written by A.N. on Mar 11, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and grief

Leisa Watkins is amazing. She has been instrumental in helping me to move forward from the most difficult time in my life. I have never felt judged or belittled. She has a way of helping me to see things from a new perspective. Leisa is the most kind and compassionate counselor I have ever had.

Written by K.A. on Feb 20, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

First off I love teen counseling app. It is amazing and perfect for my busy life style.
As for Leisa she is fantastic. I enjoy the fact she is in my state and was able to point me to resources that I had been struggling to find on my own. Leisa really knows her stuff and has been able to help me weed through a few problems. I look forward to working with her.
So far we have only used the chat and it is amazing. I am so glad she's understanding when it comes to my schedule and the fact it's hard for me to do face to face treatment.

Written by J.U. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks

She listens to me and gives me good advice.

Written by K.A. on Jan 15, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and trauma and abuse

I adore my counselor. I feel like her life experiences helps in relating to a lot of my struggles.

Written by F.A. on Jan 08, 2020 after counseling with Leisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Friendly and understanding. The moment I started talking with her made me more calm and capable of reflecting on the situation better.