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Leah Gillam, LCSW

I am a native Texan and completed my undergraduate social work program at Midwestern State University. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Social Work in 2009 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2014. Working with various non-profit agencies, I have treated children in foster care, youth experiencing homelessness, and adults with serious mental illness. Each of these settings helped me understand more about our fundamental need for stability, connection, and love. While present dysfunction often stems from relational trauma in the past, I have seen that clients can and do get better when given a secure base from which to explore these issues, and the right tools to cope with difficult circumstances.

As a clinician I have treated women in recovery, adults with chronic mental illness, and families struggling with divorce or parenting issues. I’ve spent the last two years at The Menninger Clinic working with adolescents who have clinically complex or treatment resistant conditions. My role involved strengthening the support system and coaching parents to understand their teen’s mental illness in the context adolescence. In family work I emphasize relationship fundamentals such as mindfulness, validation, and acceptance, while moving toward change.
 
I am passionate about helping survivors of trauma reclaim their sense of stability. I became certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2017 and am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I use a collaborative approach to work with clients on identifying their goals and taking things one step at a time until these are accomplished. I look forward to working with you!
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