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Birchlawn Place Counseling Center
3520 East River Road NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Leighann received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University. Leighann is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Minnesota and holds a Licensed Professional Counselor license in the state of Arizona. Leighann is a board-certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors and holds her National Certified Counselor credential. Leighann has completed extensive postgraduate degree training and education in Infant and Family Studies through the Harris Institute. Leighann has completed advanced training and has extensive clinical experience in Sand Tray Play Therapy. Leighann is competent in providing services to children and families experiencing adoption and guardianship and has completed the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals. Moreover, Leighann has completed training and has clinical experiences in DC 0-5, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting, Trust Based Relational Intervention, Conscious Discipline, and has completed some training towards becoming a Clinical Trauma Specialist for Families. Leighann has clinical experience and a passion for providing clinical consultation and community outreach support to organizations such as schools, daycares, and various other organizations that work with children.

Leighann has worked in various clinical settings in the field of mental health including: in-home therapy for at risk children that have experienced trauma; outpatient office-based work with children and adults experiencing mental and behavioral health concerns; and school-linked therapy for children that have barriers to accessing traditional therapy services. Leighann’s training and expertise focus of therapeutic issues include ADHD, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, attachment issues, family of origin problems, defiance, aggression, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual violence and abuse, eating and feeding issues in young children, toileting concerns, communication difficulties, emotional regulation, as well as sensory processing and sensory sensitivity. Leighann has experience working with many populations from all stages of life including infants, early childhood, elementary aged children, and families. Leighann utilizes developmentally appropriate and trauma informed evidenced based practice interventions and is passionate about providing high quality, individualized therapeutic services to young children and their families. Leighann’s approach to therapy is guided by the developmental perspective and integrates components of many modalities, demonstrating her eclectic expertise and therapeutic style. Leighann has a passion for infant and early childhood mental health and therapeutic services, parent-child therapeutic services, and integrating Sand Tray Play Therapy into her practice. Leighann provides therapeutic services with a holistic perspective in mind and views the therapeutic process as a journey toward hope, healing, and integration that she embarks on together with her clients and their families.

Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based; In-Home; Telehealth

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Infant (0-2)
Young Children (3-6)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Adult (Adoptee)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Parent Coaching
Family Work
Birth/First Parent/Family Work

Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Mood Disorder
Childhood Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Parent Coaching
Domestic Violence
Early Traumatic Experiences
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Circle of Security
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
DC 0-5
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Filial Play Therapy
Experiential Play Therapy
Parental Assessment
Custodial Evaluation



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    Choosing a Therapist
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    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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