Leila is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She has worked with people of all ages, ranging from children to older adults with mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, life transitions, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Prior to working in an outpatient setting, Leila has five years of previous inpatient psychiatric experience with both children and adults, and has been able to use her knowledge to reach a variety of needs. Her previous work experiences, specialized training, and skills allow her to see people as unique individuals and to meet them wherever they are in the moment to best serve her clients while using the power of creativity to heal.
Leila utilizes her art therapy skills to assess, diagnose, and treat, while highlighting strengths and resiliency. Art therapy can be an alternate and beneficial approach, especially with those who may have trouble verbally expressing their internal world. The art can become a way to externalize, providing a safe and cathartic modality to express oneself, regardless of any artistic talent. Leila’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and may range from mindfulness techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and EMDR based on client needs. Leila is able to provide art therapy services to clients of all ages.
Leila currently serves on the Advisory Board of Art Therapy for the State of Virginia and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia for this position. She is also active with the Virginia Art Therapy Association and has spent the past seven years being a strong advocate and representative of art therapy throughout Richmond. Her bright personality allows her to connect with people with ease and she has been awarded for her service as a mental health professional and Art Therapist.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening, volunteering, hiking, yoga, and her own personal art making. She enjoys and sees value in all of the arts to also include music, drama, dance, as she is a former musician and dancer.
Master of Science (Art Therapy and Counseling)- Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Bachelor of Science (Media Arts and Design, Dance minor)- James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
License and Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (VA)
Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist- # 16-154
EMDR Levels 1 & 2
Trained in ADOS-2 administration
Professional Activities and Memberships:
Advisory Board of Art Therapy (Virginia)
Virginia Art Therapy Association
American Art Therapy Association