Southside & Virtual
Children: 4 to 12
Primary Areas of Clinical Interest & Expertise:
· Art Therapy
· EMDR & Art Therapy Integration
· Trauma, Mood Disorders, Generalized Anxiety
· Autism/Neurodivergent Kids and Adults
Leila (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She has worked with all ages, ranging from adults and geriatrics with mood disorders, trauma, psychosis, and dementia to children with severe trauma and attachment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Before joining RCC, Leila had six years of 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, 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.
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 for 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 eclectic therapeutic approach may range from mindfulness techniques to cognitive-behavioral therapy based on client needs. Leila can provide art therapy services to clients of all ages.
Leila is the past President of the Virginia Art Therapy Association and has spent the past decade being a strong advocate and representative of art therapy throughout Richmond. She was recently (September 2020) appointed by the Virginia Governor to be on the first-ever Advisory Board of Art Therapy for the State of Virginia. Her bright personality allows her to easily connect with people, and she has been awarded for her service as a mental health professional and art therapist.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening, 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
While Leila is contracted with the following insurance payers, we recommend contacting your insurance company to determine if your plan has any restrictions or limitations:
- Anthem (Commercial and Medicaid)
- Aetna (Commercial)
- Molina Complete Care of Virginia Medicaid
- Optima (Commercial and Medicaid)
- Optum/ UnitedHealthcare (Commercial and Medicaid)