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Leah was born in the North East of England and settled in the U.S. in 2004. She graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2001 with a BA in Performance Arts and Theater Studies before moving onto a one-year postgraduate training program at Mount View Theatre School in London, UK. Her next step was to solidify her education as a teaching professional with her City and Guilds Teacher Qualification. She taught in schools and colleges for over three years, as well as being an actress before emigrating to the U.S. While in the states, the majority of her time has been spent enjoying east and west coast life as a counselor educator, clinicia and mother of three girls. Her passion lies within the threshold of where humanity, education and counseling unite.

In 2015, Leah graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Drama Therapy from Antioch University, Seattle. Her past therapeutic experience includes: Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds as a Bereavement Counselor, Martha and Mary in Poulsbo as an Intergenerational Specialist, and Mental Health Professionals as a Clinical Counselor and Drama Therapist. Leah worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Kitsap Mental Health Services in Bremerton Washington and in private practice for over four years. She began as a full-time faculty member in the AUS CMHC department in July, 2018 and has recently been promoted to a leadership position within the same department as the Practicum Coordinator.

Her therapeutic orientation is integrative and draws from attachment theory, strengt-based models, as well as person-centered counseling. Drama therapy and creative arts therapies are at the core of all work in which Leah engages.

Presently she is moving through her dissertation and will graduate this year with a PhD in Counseling and Supervision with a Creative Arts cognate at Antioch University in Seattle. Leah and her family now call Seattle their “home base”.

Why I Work at Neighborcare:

I believe that everyone should have access to counseling services, especially vulnerable populations such as adolescents. My passion includes working in school-based programs and providing direct services to those who need it most.


PhD, Antioch University, 2020 (pending)
MCMHC, Antioch University, 2015
BA, University of Sunderland, 2001