Alison F. Leslie - MSW, LSW, MSSP
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” — Brené Brown
Searching for meaning in one’s life can be frightening, challenging, and uplifting. In searching for this meaning, we are looking to examine the story of our life and address transitions, changes, and characters within it. I believe each individual is the best person to tell their story, and as a therapist, I will support you in developing the tools to tell this story.
I am a clinician focused on developing and nurturing the therapeutic relationship between myself and my clients. I work with—rather than for my clients—helping them access tools for building narrative and addressing past, present, and future concerns. In my work as a therapist, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in navigating difficult transitions and addressing presenting issues. My therapeutic approach is holistic and client-centered. I utilize a variety of modalities in order to best to address your needs and areas of support. I often utilize mindfulness and grounding techniques to center us in our work together. My approach is empathic and practical, working to create a safe and comfortable environment for you to tell your story.
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Social Work at Widener University. I am licensed through the Association of Social Work Boards. I have worked with clients on a wide range of presenting issues, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, relationship issues, trauma, and grief and loss. I have experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. I utilize a variety of modalities with my clients, incorporating a holistic approach to healing and growth.