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Leah Austin, MA, LMFT

About Leah Austin

I believe that everyone has a unique story. One that includes challenges and successes. Your story matters to me! I believe that change and healing happens within relationships and needs to include all of who a person is. I want to get to know you, where you have been and where you hope to go. Together we can work through your concerns. Whether you are seeking therapy as an individual, couple, family or for your child, you will be provided with a safe, non-judgmental place to explore and gain insight and skills to live your best life. I am honored to work collaboratively with people from a holistic, strengths and relationship based approach.

Life has many twists and turns and everyone deserves some to help them navigate through the tough times so life doesn’t become too overwhelming.
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Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. I have a passion for helping individuals and families develop and thrive, even though the difficult times. I have a special interest in the parent-child relationship as this can be one of the most challenging relationships one encounters, but also the most satisfying. Whether you are seeking therapy as an individual, couple, family or for your child you will be provided with a safe, non-judgmental place to explore and navigate life’s challenges. Everyone deserves someone on their side and to live their best lives. I work collaboratively with clients from a holistic, strengths and relationship based approach.

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy in 2009 and received a license in Marriage and Family therapy in 2012. I started my career as a social worker working in residential, home, and community settings with children, adolescents, teens and families. This lead me to want to further my career and I developed an interest in working with people from a system approach as I had a better understanding of all the systems that impact one’s life.

In my career, I have experience working with young children 0-5, school age children, adolescents, teens, young adults, parents, families and couples. I have worked in residential setting, in-home, community, out-patient/clinic and school based therapy. In these settings, I have clinically treated clients with a wide range of challenges such as: Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relational issues, Attachment Issues, Adoption adjustment, Child Protection issues, Families reuniting, Blended family/co-parenting issues, Divorce Recovery, Infant Mental Health, Parent/Child relational issues, Gender identify, Self-Identity, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Child behavioral issues, School Difficulty, Parenting Issues, and Stress Management. I have a special interest in the parent-child relationship as this can be one of the most challenging relationships one encounters, but also the most satisfying.

I work collaboratively with clients to develop a plan for treatment based on the needs and approach that is comfortable for the client. Some of the approaches I use are: Strength-based, Narrative, Parent-Child Interaction therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Play therapy, Couples therapy, Child therapy, Co-parenting, Parent-Child relational therapy, Mindfulness, and Intergenerational therapy.

CREDENTIALS:

Mental Health Professional
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
BA Social Work-University of North Dakota
MA Marriage and Family Therapy-Argosy University

WHAT I TREAT:

Anxiety Disorder
Attachment Issues
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Blended/Stepfamily Issues
Compulsive Disorders
Depression
Divorce Recovery
Domestic Violence
Emotional Dysregulation
Gay & Lesbian Issues
Grief Management
High Risk Behaviors
Identity & Body Image
Life Transitions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Partum Depression
Relationship Issues
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Sexual Abuse
Sleep Issues
Stress Management
Traumatic Loss
Women’s Issues

WHO I TREAT:

Children
Teens/Adolescents
Adults
Families
Couples

LOCATIONS:

Chanhassen, MN

TREATMENT OPTIONS:

Child Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Meet the team

Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.

Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.