Hello, I am Leslie Baker and I am a private practice mental health counselor (MS, LMHC-P) in Brighton NY. I believe that individuals have deep wells of self-knowing, strength, and are capable of transcending limiting beliefs and developing positive life skills. I trust clients to be the experts on their lives and the authors of their experience. I simply facilitate a process through which clients access their own deepest wisdom and understanding.
Within my practice, I focus on working with adults to help them through life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating (binge-eating disorder) within an individualized, culturally sensitive environment. I take a Strength-Based, Integrative, and Holistic approach to therapy.
I realize, that no two people are alike and together we will create a healing process unique to you. Therapy allows for exploring the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each client and support maintaining a healthy balance in life. We may even have a walking session outside if you find movement and nature healing.
As your counselor, I will provide a safe, confidential and compassionate environment to support you as you explore and create meaningful and purposeful lives.
My clinical background includes working as an Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization psychotherapist intern at The Healing Connection in Rochester, N.Y. Working with individuals and groups, I facilitated Body Image, Mindfulness and Coping Skills therapy while also supporting Expressive Arts therapeutic interventions for adults and adolescents. Additionally, I provided pre-surgical bariatric assessments and therapeutic meal support for patients with eating disorders.
I earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Rochester and a Master of Education from Columbia University. Currently, I am a third-year student in Michael Harner’s program for Advanced Shamanic Practitioners. Additionally, I am a Level 1 Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher and have engaged in continuing education and studied with Shaman Alberto Villoldo, author and doctor Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D. and Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mind-Body Stress Reduction.
My journey for personal growth has been exploring the meanings and roles of consciousness for healing. This has brought me to ancient sacred sites around the world. I’ve learned from global and local Indigenous peoples. My passion is to support individuals where they are in discovering their innate wisdom in development of a whole sense of self, in order to take their next best steps towards a meaningful life.
Most often I can be found in nature amidst forests, mountains, streams, oceans, and sunrises, under the stars and moon, around the fire, gardening or reading and connecting with family and friends. I believe the human potential for healing is deeply enriched in knowing, feeling and being in connection with nature, with ourselves and others and with the universal energies.