Dr. Kristen Leishman is a licensed psychologist (PSY26811) practicing in the Los Angeles area. In addition to private practice, she currently holds a position as a staff psychologist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center.
Dr. Leishman provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis of System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), trauma-focused and sensorimotor therapies. Dr. Leishman has studied, trained, and practiced within the mental health field for a little over ten years. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where her interest in trauma-exposed populations led to her to research the phenomenon of complex trauma. She completed her advanced clinical training in Los Angeles at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During her two-year advanced clinical fellowship at Harbor-UCLA, she was intensively trained in evidenced-based treatments and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has practiced DBT for ten years.
Dr. Leishman has worked with a number of varied populations across settings including adults and adolescents at community mental health centers; veteran medical centers; university counseling; residential treatment centers; substance use and dual diagnosis programs. Dr. Leishman has developed a specialized interest in the identification and treatment of complex traumatic stress disorders. In 2016, she spoke at Vet Court Con Justice for Vets 2016 in Anaheim, CA on Emotion Dysregulation and PTSD. She has held an adjunct teaching position at Pepperdine University, teaching Trauma in Diverse Populations.
Dr. Leishman is an EMDR-trained clinician, to learn more about this modality, visit: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/ She is also Level 1 trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, to learn more about this modality, visit: https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/resources/#client-education