Lesley received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in marriage, family, and human development, with a specialty in family life education. Lesley then completed her master’s degree at University of Phoenix in clinical mental health counseling. During her graduate experience, she provided trauma therapy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also had many opportunities to educate members of the community and advocate for sexual assault prevention and awareness. Prior to joining the New Haven team, Lesley supported children within the Arizona Department of Child Safety and offered direct crisis interventions to invite stability and maintain placement in the home, school, or community setting.
Lesley has a passion for assisting those who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss. She firmly believes that such impactful incidents contribute to shifts in beliefs, thinking patterns, and dynamics within social and family relationships. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing individuals develop compassionate views of their responses to these significant experiences. She feels especially privileged to join others in gaining personal courage to fully engage in their healing process. Lesley’s gentleness and warmth allows her to connect deeply with others and build meaningful relationships, while empowering those around her to be challenged and improve. She motivates others to recognize the incredible value of personal and hard work. Lesley is experienced in utilizing evidence-based modalities of CPT, TIR, DBT, CBT, and trauma-focused CBT to process emotional distress. Lesley is also skilled in working with depression, anxiety, mood or personality disorders, PTSD, substance use, and suicidality.
Lesley is a mother of two children, who are both precious joys in her life. She enjoys vacationing and travel, especially to Lake Powell or Hawaii. She loves to relax at the movie theater or get lost reading a good book. She has incredible appreciation for music and is a talented opera singer. She adores being surrounded by her siblings and their darling children. In addition, she has a taste for drag racing and loves admiring beautiful cars. Her favorite treat is a Diet Coke and a Swig cookie!