Leah Hoekstra, LMSW, CAADC

Meet the Therapist: Leah Hoekstra, LMSW, CAADC

In Meet the Therapist, Therapy by Kalamazoo Therapy Group

What do you specialize in?

I have more than 10 years working in mental health and addictions. I have provided treatment in both community and outpatient settings in the past. I specialize in treating individuals that are in recovery from substance use as well as those who experience complex trauma, difficulty in times of transition, grief and loss and everyday life stressors.

What can clients expect when they first come to therapy? How you describe a typical session with you?

During our first session we will talk about initial concerns that you may want to address in therapy. I will answer any questions that you may have regarding my work experience and my approach to the therapeutic process. My hope is to help establish a comfortable and easy foundation on which we can get to know one another and talk about potential ideas for moving forward and accomplishing your goals. In subsequent sessions we will create a treatment plan which will outline what you want to work on in treatment and how we will work towards achieving those goals together.

What is your personal style as a therapist?

My therapy approach focuses on meeting you where you are. I strongly believe that we learn from each other. At times during our sessions I will disclose and share some of my life experiences to enhance the therapeutic process and provide an environment where you feel safe and warm. Fundamentally my focus is on your strengths and goals for you to find resolution and healing. I take a non-judgmental approach to therapy and have the hope that as we work together you will feel validated and accepted.

How have you seen therapy benefit your clients?

Through the therapeutic process many individuals develop the tools and skills needed to help enhance and create the life they want to live. Past individuals that have successfully completed therapy contact me from time to time to let me know how therapy has enriched and improved their life.

What do you think are the most important considerations when looking for a therapist?

Therapy is a process and can often feel overwhelming. Talking to a stranger about the most intimate and challenging experiences you have had can be difficult. My hope is that you will feel safe, welcome, and accepted when meeting with me.

What do you hope your clients walk away with?

My hope is that through the therapeutic process you will enter a stage of self-discovery. That you will develop the skills and tools you need to live a life you desire while finding resolution and healing.

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