Leah Heiman, LSW
Individual Therapist and Group Facilitator
Leah Heiman is a licensed social worker (LSW) and is one of our team’s one-on-one therapists and group leaders here at Hope Street. Her individual therapy and DBT Skills Group Therapy are available for our clients who are looking to find empowerment as they learn ways to manage emotions and behaviors during difficult times.
Leah’s background includes extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and training in the field of eating disorders. Additionally, she is currently pursuing certification as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).
A firm believer in person-centered therapy, (Rogerian psychotherapy), Leah will often create individualized treatment plans according to the unique needs of her clients.
Leah practices a Holistic approach, where she looks to further the wellness of her client’s mind, body, and soul. To attain this goal, Leah will often teach the techniques of Mindfulness and Stabilization (the phase of teaching ways to be okay within traumatic or triggering environments). This focuses on where the client is at, and what skills will be most beneficial to their wellness journey.
The presence that Leah brings to a room is calm and hopeful. Her inquisitive, energetic, passionate, and fun-loving nature is a true asset to her practice. Leah finds enjoyment in all forms of art, including; music, painting, candlelit journaling, and poetry. Her thirst for knowledge motivates her to continually learn and grow from life’s experiences. Leah looks in love to embrace people from all walks of life. Her passion is in committing to the personal development of her clients as they find their intrinsic worthiness. She attributes her inspiration to all survivors and thrivers in their bravery on the healing journey.
(Getting) Back Into The Driver’s Seat of Your Emotions: A DBT Skills Group
Recognize your own triggers and develop coping skills so that you may develop insight into your inner state of being in a non-judgmental, safe, and loving space. In this DBT Group, the four skill modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness will be introduced. The skills modules are designed to specifically assist you to better manage behavioral, emotional, and cognitive instability. The intent is to learn how to maintain emotional balance while figuring out just how to navigate through stressful times.
For some, facing life’s challenges with heightened arousal levels can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, and may take a significant amount of time to return to baseline. This may result in difficulty expressing anger, episodic depression, irritability or anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity, stress, and feelings of emptiness. With the individualized attention of your therapist, the DBT skills learned will be modified and altered to what works for you, giving you a chance at being in the “driver’s seat” of your emotions.