Zach Leezer, LCSW

I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bradley University and my Master of Social Work in Mental Health from The University of Illinois at Chicago. I also hold a certification in clinical anxiety treatment (CCATP) by the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals. I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and whole family systems. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and have worked with members of the community throughout my career as well. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)-informed practice in my work, and all through a social justice-oriented and body positive lens.

 

My treatment approach is affirming, collaborative, and at times humorous. My firm belief is that no matter the circumstance, your feelings are valid. Validation is not about right or wrong - it's about being allowed to think and feel the way you do. I make sure this is clear to my clients as they process their feelings in our sessions. I also know that therapy should not follow a one-size-fits-all approach, so I take care to listen to your particular circumstances and include you in the decision making process about what you need to build the future you want. With all this said, I don't want everything to feel so heavy. You shouldn't dread therapy. It should be something you look forward to, even if it pushes you outside your comfort zone at times. I try to use humor to strike a balance between challenging and enjoyable,  and make the process feel human rather than medical.

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Reaching out to a therapist can feel scary, uncertain and vulnerable. I am here to help you work through all of your questions and reservations before scheduling your first appointment so that you can feel as comfortable as possible with the process.

If you'd like to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, send me a brief email with your availability.

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