I want to provide children, teens, and families a place where they feel safe, within a nurturing and caring environment. I wish to help them live a more balanced lifestyle so that they are able to focus on their goals and find the path to success and happiness. Many young people are faced with feelings of confusion, family stresses, pressures in school, social anxiety, depression, or experience frustration with organizational skills. Children and teens want to be heard and have someone who will listen, and I'm thrilled to offer them that space.
I was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and am a proud Canadian. My solution based approach and focus on confidence and determination is a direct result of living and teaching in London, England, and moving to the United States as an International teacher. In Canada, I received my Undergraduate Degree in Social Work and Religious Education. I moved to London, England where I received my Certificate in Education at St. Martin’s Teacher’s College in Lancaster, England. When I graduated, I accepted a teaching position in London, England. I received my North Carolina Teaching License and have had the privilege of teaching in the public, private, and charter schools systems in Charlotte and Lake Norman.
I have been a teacher for 22 years and during that time I built strong connections and rapport with students. I have seen first hand the struggles our youth face today. I am presently completing my internship at Liberty University’s Masters in Counseling Program. I believe in working with the whole child. I focus on their needs to help them find meaning and purpose in their lives. I want to assist them in achieving their goals and find solutions to their problems using Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I want to encourage clients to make a positive change in their behaviors to lead a happy and healthy life in the present and have a successful future.
I am thrilled to be part of the Lake Norman Counselor’s team and looking forward to serving the Lake Norman community in a new and exciting way.
I offer reduced rates and flexible appointment times, including late evening slots, to meet the needs of my clients and our community!
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Contact Leona directly for more information regarding her services and availability!