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Leslie Warren Psychotherapy, LMHC

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Leslie Warren is a licensed mental health therapist and a registered nurse in New York. She specializes in individual therapy using cognitive behavioral techniques and a goal-oriented, solution-focused treatment plan. Therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist with the client's psychological wellbeing the priority.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    <$80
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“Working as both a nurse and a therapist has taught me to correlate the mind-body connection that is often overlooked in treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist because of the need for mental health services in Upstate New York. I worked as a registered nurse for 11 years at a local area hospital and was continuously confronted by patients who required mental health services but were placed on lengthy waiting lists due to lack of provider availability. My patients encouraged me to pursue a career in mental health counseling, as many had stated that I listened to their needs, was empathetic, advocated for them, and included them in the care-planning process. I always wanted to know what was important to them and how they wanted to get there. Working as both a nurse and a therapist has taught me to correlate the mind-body connection that is often overlooked in treatment. I attended a number of mindfulness-based stress reduction trainings and I incorporate techniques, such as awareness of thoughts and the body’s response to them.
What should someone know about working with you?
The cultivation of the client/therapist relationship is paramount during the initial sessions with the client. As a therapist, it is important for me to ensure confidentiality and a safe environment that will allow the client to speak openly and freely. The client is the "architect" with the support of the therapist in his/her progress and goals. I do provide activities and worksheets that can be done independently and/or with me to support progress. I work with everyone from children to aging adults on a myriad of issues that include anxiety, trauma, abandonment, grief and loss, relationships, and depression with a strong focus on empowering the client.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, it is imperative for me to participate in various training and webinars and read counseling publications, such as Psychology Today, the Association for Adult Development and Aging Counseling newsletter, and the Adultspan Journal, to keep abreast of current practices. I am a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and the American Association of Counselors. Both of these organizations offer online training and networking that allows therapists to connect with other professionals in the field. I am planning to participate in a two-day telehealth certification training for mental health professionals as well as Alzheimer's disease and other dementias certification training.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The access to mental health via telehealth has really helped provide services to populations that may have not been able to access services before. Online therapy provides an option for people living in remote areas where there aren’t many, if any, experienced therapists available. I think that we will continue to see an increase in both clients and therapists utilizing telehealth, as it has many advantages, including access for remote and/or disabled clients, flexibility, increased efficiency, and improved timelines.
“I attended a number of mindfulness-based stress reduction trainings and I incorporate techniques, such as awareness of thoughts and the body’s response to them.”