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Psychological Services

Serving Boston Metro-West Area
Telehealth Therapy Also Available

Chronic Pain

Chronic Physical Conditions

Anxiety

Stress Reduction

Depression

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of worry, fear, unease, and uncomfortable somatic symptoms. It can manifest in various forms, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, post traumatic and acute stress disorders, or specific phobias. Doctor Leavell plays a crucial role in helping individuals navigate and overcome these challenges. She employs a range of therapeutic techniques tailored to each person's unique needs. Through empathetic listening, validation, and guidance, she can create a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to express their concerns and fears. Doctor Leavell helps individuals identify the root causes of their anxiety, explore thought patterns and triggers, and helps to develop coping mechanisms.  With her expertise, support, and collaborative approach, Doctor Leavell can empower individuals with anxiety, regain control, build resilience, and lead fulfilling lives.

 

Chronic Pain


Chronic pain refers to persistent or recurring pain that lasts for an extended period, typically beyond three months. Chronic pain not only affects physical well-being but also takes a toll on mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life. Advancements in pain neuroscience have taught us that many painful conditions are the result of a psychophysiological process that creates a hypersensitized central nervous system (CMS). This led to the creation of innovative evidence-based psychological approaches that move beyond traditional coping-skills-based models. By addressing the root problem these painful symptoms, once believed to be incurable, can now be significantly reduced or eliminated. Dr. Leavell, offers a unique and comprehensive approach to help individuals heal from chronic pain. By understanding the intricate relationship between pain and anxiety, Dr. Leavell combines therapeutic techniques from both fields to address the multifaceted nature of the condition. She provides a safe and supportive environment where clients can openly express their pain-related concerns and emotional struggles. Dr. Leavell has specialized certification in Pain Reprocessing Therapy. She also employs cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to identify and reframe negative thought patterns surrounding pain, develop effective coping strategies, and enhance self-care practices. She also incorporates relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and stress reduction methods to alleviate anxiety symptoms that can exacerbate pain. With Dr. Leavell's guidance, individuals can gain a better understanding of their pain, develop resilience, improve their overall well-being, and heal both physically and mentally.


Chronic Physical Conditions


Chronic physical conditions refer to long-term health conditions that persist over an extended period, often requiring ongoing management and treatment. These conditions can vary widely, including but not limited to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory conditions, and chronic pain. Doctor Leavell, an anxiety therapist with specialized expertise in working with individuals facing chronic physical conditions, offers invaluable support in navigating the emotional and psychological challenges that often accompany these health issues. She creates a compassionate and understanding space where clients can explore their fears, frustrations, and concerns related to their condition. By utilizing evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Pain Reprocessing Therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Emotional Awareness and Expression therapy, Doctor Leavell helps individuals develop effective coping strategies to manage anxiety, depression, and stress that may arise from living with a chronic physical condition. In such, one can often  experience a decrease in uncomfortable and painful symptoms and reduce illness flares. As a therapist she works collaboratively with clients to address negative thought patterns, adjust expectations, set realistic goals, and improve overall well-being. Doctor Leavell also assists in identifying and strengthening support networks, enhancing self-care practices, and fostering resilience to promote a better quality of life despite the challenges posed by chronic physical conditions.

Depression


Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities. It can affect various aspects of a person's life, including their mood, energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite, and overall physical well-being. Doctor Leavell, a depression therapist, is skilled in assisting individuals in overcoming depression and restoring a sense of balance and vitality. Through compassionate and personalized care, Doctor Leavell creates a safe space for clients to openly express their emotions and experiences. She utilizes evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to depression. Doctor Leavell also supports clients in developing effective coping mechanisms, setting achievable goals, and implementing self-care practices. Doctor Leavell works collaboratively with clients to explore underlying factors contributing to depression, such as life events, relationships, or biological factors, and develop strategies to manage these influences. Additionally, Doctor Leavell offers the convenience of online treatment for residents of Massachusetts, ensuring accessibility and flexibility for individuals seeking their expertise in managing depression and reclaiming a fulfilling life.

Stress


Chronic stress refers to a consistent sense of overwhelm for a long period of time. Long term stress can lead to emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. It is also well documented that it can trigger many chronic health conditions and worsen the course of chronic illness.Therapist Doctor Leavell provides comprehensive support in helping individuals cope with stress by incorporating various therapeutic approaches. She utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, self-compassion and emotional awareness therapy techniques to help clients improve their emotional regulation and physical well-being . Individuals gain insight into the underlying causes of stress and develop effective strategies to manage and process their emotions. Additionally, Doctor Leavell integrates mindfulness techniques, fostering present-moment awareness and promoting relaxation and stress reduction. By guiding individuals in mindfulness practices, she helps cultivate a sense of calm and resilience in the face of stressors. Furthermore, Doctor Leavell incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques to address thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to stress and keep your brain in chronic danger mode. She works collaboratively with clients to reframe negative thinking, develop adaptive coping mechanisms, and promote positive behavior change. It is worth noting that Doctor Leavell offers online treatment options to residents of Massachusetts, ensuring convenient access to their expertise and support for individuals seeking effective stress management strategies in their lives.

If you are struggling with any of the above then please contact me today.  I am a licensed clinical psychologist who offers online therapy in greater Boston area to all Massachusetts residents.

Financial Information

Beginning June 1st 2023 I will be accepting Aetna, Optum and their subsidiaries with the exceptions of MassHealth plans. I am also in process of credentialing with BCBSMA

Other clients will be self-pay at a rate of $225 per session. However, I provide paperwork you would need for insurance reimbursement.

 

My clients have been having good success with reimbursement but I strongly recommend checking with your insurance company first. 

Dr. Leavell Offers Therapy Services in Massachusetts

 

If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or chronic physical pain/discomfort then please contact me today. I specialize in providing effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues and have openings for new patients.  I provide one-on-one telehealth therapy to Massachusetts residents and hope to help you reduce or eliminate physical and psychological pain.  

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