Dr. Jes Leonard earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University. She completed her APA accredited postdoctoral residency at VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta Maine and her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. While at the VA, Dr. Leonard provided outpatient and inpatient individual and group therapy, psychological assessments, and diagnostic intake evaluations for adults with a wide range of symptoms and presentations. She earned her Masters of Science Degree from Ithaca College in New York with a concentration in Sport Psychology where she focused on assisting others (athletes, teams, exercisers) with performance enhancement. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Women's Studies from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Association for Contextual Behavior Sciences.
Dr. Leonard believes in the resilience of all humans and has a client-centered approach in assisting clients live a more purposeful and meaningful life and providing tools to manage life stressors. She is trained as a generalist psychologist and treats a wide range of diagnoses (including mood and anxiety disorders) while specializing in trauma, including childhood, sexual, combat, and complex trauma. She utilizes an integrative and collaborative approach, and depending on the client's needs and requests, and can provide therapies that focus on cognitions and behaviors and/or problem. Dr. Leonard is trained in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
(DBT) skills. She also specializes in group therapy intervention and believes that groups can provide a great source of social interaction, support, and hope while also providing a safe environment in which to learn.
Dr. Leonard also provides required Bariatric pre-surgical psychological assessment for local Bariatric Surgery Programs.