Hi, I'm Leela Gershenson
Updated: May 28, 2020
My name is Leela Gershenson and i’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and board certified telemental health provider. I work as a therapist in private practice as well as working in a community mental health program providing counseling.
I have wanted to be a therapist since I was young. I have always been curious about people and enjoy listening to their stories. I find it a privilege when someone opens up to me with and allows me to be a part of their journey.
I would like to start a series of blogs as an opportunity to explore issues that will be helpful for those I work with, offer support for anyone who may relate or connect with a topic, and to offer ideas to discuss and work on in counseling.
A little bit about me. While therapy is focused on you and I tend to keep many things private, I would like to share some of my beliefs and values that shape me and my counseling style. Many of these topics, I will explore more in future blogs.
I love being outdoors and nature. For me, listening to birds, gardening, and feeling the sun on my skin is a way to ground myself after being caught up in all of the stressors in life. I believe that everything and everyone is interconnected and this informs my way of living and my counseling practice.
I am comfortable with silence. I believe in our culture we are taught to keep conversations going, stay busy and feel guilty when we aren’t being productive. When we stay so busy, we don’t have a chance for contemplation and reflection. Sometimes allowing a moment for our minds to be silent is all we need to make insights and changes.
I meditate regularly. I practice a form of meditation that focuses on my breath, but there are many helpful forms of meditation. If this is something that interests you, I will bring this into our counseling sessions. This helps me to focus on the present and gain clarity. It also helps me to recognize areas I need to work on outside of meditation by recognizing where my mind wanders off to when meditating.
I believe that an important part of being a counselor is being informed of social injustices and being an advocate. Many times individuals are depressed or anxious because of social injustices they face outside of the counseling session. Not being aware of this could cause a counselor to recreate harmful interactions that a client faces outside of the session. My job is to not only help others to recognize the social injustices, but to empower them. I believe it is my responsibility as a counselor to be an advocate in any way I am able.
Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free phone consultation so we can get to know each other before scheduling a meeting.