Leslie Wright, Therapist in Pasadena, California — Zencare
Leslie  Wright
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Leslie Wright

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Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Bungalow Heaven Not Accepting In-person
Updated June 6, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Women's issues
  • Childhood trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Leslie Wright is licensed clinical psychologist based in Los Angeles and currently seeing clients all over the state of California virtually. She specializes in clients who have tried typical talk therapy and found it did not provide lasting improvement in their moods and lives.

Dr. Wright provides somatic therapy, meaning "body" therapy. Her approach is in alignment with the mind-body work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk ("The Body Keeps the Score.") She has seen dramatic, transformative changes in her clients by not just acknowledging, but embracing, the ways that their bodies and emotions speak in sessions. She helps clients reach these emotional states by using somatic breathwork, a controlled, psychotherapeutic derivative of holotropic breathing by Stanislav Grof.

Dr. Wright is trauma-informed and Polyvagal Theory-informed. This means that she has a deep understanding of how past unresolved events (including traumas) live in the nervous system. Polyvagal Theory (Stephen Porges) tells us that anxiety is living in "fight or flight/sympathetic" mode and depression is living in "dorsal vagal/parasympathetic" mode.

Dr. Wright has been successfully treating her clients virtually for the past 2 years, having seen many clients graduate and move on with their lives having seen them completely virtually!


Message to clients

You've been struggling with anxiety or depression for a long time. You've had one or a few therapists who only "scratched the surface" of your true, deep dark areas. You know you're going to have to go deeper and address issues from your past. You know it will be hard work, but you're willing to do it. You often wonder, how will I reach those past issues on a deep level and how will I make sense of them? Most importantly, will I ever be free from the weight of those issues?

Yes! You can heal from past issues, even traumas. It's possible when you come to understand how the mind and body work together. When therapy is no longer a "thinking, figuring out" process, but a "feeling in my body and my emotions" process, we start healing. Typical talk therapy has a "top down" approach (we will talk using our minds and try to convince your heart and your body that they are okay). The therapy I do is a "bottom-up" approach (we will work through your body and emotions to relieve your mind).

I use somatic breathwork, which uses the breath to connect to the body and mind. I have you lie in a certain way and breathe in a certain way. Over the course of our time together in therapy, we'll uncover a lifetime of unresolved issues, some traumas. You will see how your past formed who you are today. It is a transformational process.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Leslie Wright is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-1pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Tue 10-am-1pm
  • Wed 10am-1pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Thu 10am-1pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Bungalow Heaven practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

The PaRC Foundation, Clinical Psychologist , 2017 - 2021

California School of Professional Psychology, Clinical PsyD, 2011


Licensure

California: 31121


Languages

English