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About Leslie Simon, Ph.D.

My practice focuses on psychotherapy and coaching with offices located in Marin County (Corte Madera).  I've been in private practice since 1995, assisting individuals, couples and families.   I also do family business and professional partnership consulting and coaching.

Before I began my doctoral training in 1990, I completed a B.S. in Business Management and spent 15 years in various management and consulting roles.  I currently use both my business and psychology backgrounds to assist adults with various work-life concerns that are a focus of either coaching, consulting or individual psychotherapy. 
 
My 25+ years in the psychology field includes significant training and experience as a family therapist, as a couples therapist, as a group facilitator, and in brief and depth oriented individual psychotherapy.   My work draws from a variety of perspectives and theories about how people break through impasses to produce lasting change and growth.  I work with clients interactively and pragmatically, frequently drawing from family systems, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, neuroscience, and coaching theories.  In all cases I adapt my working style to the specific needs, goals and concerns of my clients.

I have experience evaluating and working on adaptive strategies for many individuals who report problems with memory, learning, attention, and/ or social interaction that have interfered with their self esteem,  relationships, and work or academic productivity.  

In my work in health psychology I help individuals with chronic pain, disability, work-related injuries, chronic illness, and adjustment to mild brain injuries, as well as stress conditions.  In addition, I often work with these patients along with their families to help all family members adapt to the changes in their lives.

I enjoy working with couples and families to help them strengthen their bonds through recognizing, accepting and solving their issues together.   The vitality and strengths within families and within couples is a joy to discover and to enhance.  In order to get there, however, it is usually necessary to facilitate a process that helps the family come into mutual respect and build emotional trust.  

Loss is a common reason people seek counseling.  The loss of a loved one, the experience of divorce, the loss of employment, or the loss of identity due to disability or an unforseen retirement are common developments.  These transitions often need tender care.   One such tender time is when parents separate and need to adjust to no longer having daily life with each other and with their children.  I have an extensive knowledge of divorce adjustment of parents and children, and commonly use what I have learned in my own in-depth research on divorcing fathers to help parents navigate the difficult tensions of separation and loss. 

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you might have about my practice.  I will be happy to answer them.

Education

1994       Ph.D.  Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda

1983       B.S.  Business Management, San Francisco State University
 


License

                 California License:  PSY 14378

Professional Memberships

California Psychological Association