Jen Leong, LMFT, CT
A previous client called me "the smiling therapist." Colleagues have commented on all the laughter they hear coming from my office. Even in times of grief, depression, or anxiety, I know that humor and optimism can still share the space. I can journey with you in your joys just as well as I can journey with you in your pains.
I am LGBTQ+ affirmative, multi-culturally aware and I understand that each of us have many facets to our identity. It is always my goal to understand you as the whole individual that you are.
I use techniques that support you in building awareness of how you experience yourself and the world. We'll spend time talking, and we may also use sandtray, art, guided imagery, meditation, or movement in therapy. The therapy hour is a time to experiment with new ways of being.
You'll find my office filled with natural light, gently fragranced with essential oils, decorated with objects that have histories from before I came to own them, and soft comforts like a fuzzy blanket, fluffy pillows, cool water and warm tea. Here are a few photos of the office.
Community Involvement and Credentials
I support mental wellness throughout my community by providing clinical support and training to New Hope Grief Support Community, and by providing grief education for mental health professionals. In the past I have served on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America Los Angeles, and volunteered for Camp Erin Orange County as a Grief Specialist and Co-Clinical Director. I first supported grieving families in 2003 as a volunteer support group facilitator for Hospice of the Coast in Monterey, CA and later trained at San Diego Hospice.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT101032) licensed by the state of California. I earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles and am Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. I believe there is always room to learn and grow and I continue my growth as a therapist by regularly participating in various trainings. Central to my ongoing education is Pacific Gestalt Institute, where I completed four years of post-graduate training and continue to participate in week-long intensive training each winter.