Leah Guarino, MS, LCMHCA LCAS-A
Substance use | Life Adjustments | Grief and Loss | Communication skills | Anxiety | Depression | LGTBQ+
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore.
My Approach & Philosophy
Through my pursuits in becoming a therapist, I struggled with my own anxiety, the adjustment of not only a new school, but a new state and culture, and on top of all that, I realized I had grief I locked away for over a year. The combination hit me hard, and through my own work, I found ways to celebrate my own culture and identity, and grief while connecting to this new area that had become my home.
While in school, I expanded my experience with substance use and found that anxiety, depression, life adjustments, and grief were often themes woven into the client’s narrative. Whether you are battling with substance use, mood disorders, struggle around communication, grief, or adjustments, shame and guilt should not hold you back from progress and healing. I have found integrating approaches that focus not only on the presenting issue but on all aspects of the client’s life and have helped foster greater growth.
Through my personal experiences and work as a therapist, I believe that through genuine connection, the healing process can occur. Working toward your higher self and betterment in different aspects of your life does not have to be a lonely process, and it should not be.
Working with clients, I feel a person-centered approach is necessary, as no two people are the same, and you deserve treatment tailored to your needs and style. I integrate modalities such as motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and narrative approaches. The first step toward change is reaching out.
When I am not counseling, I can be found doing something crafty, from macrame to painting and more, dabbling in tarot cards, watching hockey, or out and about with my dog, Coby.
I provide mental health counseling and therapy to help with:
- Substance use
- Life Adjustments
- Grief and Loss
- Communication skills