As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Kari Leavell provides therapy to adult women, men, and couples with struggles related to depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment to life changes, identity development, and trauma. She works from a strengths-focused perspective, using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based strategies to help clients reach their goals.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment, which means that is has lots of research to back-up its effectiveness. It works by first teaching clients about the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Then skills are provided to identify, examine, and change unfair, biased, or inaccurate thoughts. This ultimately helps to transform resulting emotions and behaviors. A fundamental principle of Cognitive Therapy is that cognitive therapists aim to teach their clients to be their own cognitive therapists. Dr. Leavell strongly believes in this principle, as she aspires to give clients the skills they need for long-term progress and maintenance of growth.
Relational-cultural therapy (RCT) was developed to address the specific concerns of women and people from underrepresented groups. Ultimately, this approach believes that the relationships in our lives are fundamental to our well-being. Dr. Leavell incorporates this approach into therapy due to the healing that can happen through healthy, growth-fostering relationships, including the therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Leavell strongly values the use of transparency in her practice of psychology, which she strives to do so by answering questions honestly, discussing treatment recommendations and interventions clearly, and engaging in exploration openly. She does not believe in the “magic curtain” approach to therapy and she certainly cannot read your mind. Dr. Leavell often uses metaphors to help illustrate concepts and incorporates humor in session when appropriate.