Leslie has an inviting approach to the process of getting centered in one’s real life. She has shown me why my most troubling behaviors keep occurring.
She is a skilled listener who makes carefully thought-out suggestions. These suggestions are helping me uncover and communicate deep emotional patterns that have troubled me for a long time.
~Nancy N., retired Children's Librarian, Santa Barbara, CA
After enduring yet another crushing end to a relationship with a man I knew was completely inappropriate for me when he picked me up for our first date, I promised myself I was willing to go to any lengths to not do this miserable dance again. Leslie was part of the "any lengths." Changing felt like such an impossible task. She helped me break it down into simple tasks that helped me identify what I want, what I am capable of giving and how I go about finding it. I learned that I can't have what I want until I say "no" to what I don't want, which would not have been possible if I hadn't had a clear idea before going into the first date. A solid plan of action finally helped me not get swept away in the moment, which is always how I ended up with people who were not right for me. I am happily married to a nice man who adores me, something I never thought would be possible given my dating history. I am forever grateful for Leslie's help and guidance!
~Liz G., Kansas City, MO
I have had the pleasure of knowing Leslie for over 15 years and when I decided I needed a life/biz coach, she was the first person I thought of. Leslie has this amazing way of making me look at a situation or challenge I am facing from many sides. She is a great listener and she is able to read “between the lines.“ She is remarkably supportive, gentle and compassionate yet very direct and skillfully adept at helping me focus on what is really important (to me), what stands in my way and what next steps I need to accomplish my goals and heart's desire.
Working with Leslie has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. You'll be in great hands if you decide to work with her.
~Robin K., San Francisco, CA
I have been most fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Leslie for the past three years. I have benefited from her insights and guidance to a degree that far exceeds my previous experiences.
I began seeing Leslie following my husband’s death. I found her support throughout the grief process so meaningful that I have continued to work with her on longstanding issues. I believe that I have grown in several very important ways as a consequence.
Leslie is attentive to my “stories” in both their explicit details and their emotional context. She is able to hear and read beyond the expressed information and tone and to recognize those dimensions I cannot always recognize or analyze for myself. Leslie has been gentle and consistently encouraging in my efforts to understand feelings and motivations that have previously been “too hot to handle”. She has been exceptionally patient and compassionate throughout our time together.
As a former teacher, I especially admire and appreciate Leslie’s clarity of thought and explanation. She is knowledgeable about different approaches and perspectives and can utilize them as needed to move forward.
Leslie has practical suggestions and strategies for managing deeply held (and often unhelpful) beliefs and habits of thought. She has offered constructive exercises for me to do between our meetings in order to crystallize and reframe critical issues.
As important as the qualities she has are those Leslie is not hampered by. She is not rigid in her approach or her advice. Leslie is not cagey or guarded or evasive. She is not manipulative or overly determined. She is cooperative rather than authoritarian, leading to an atmosphere of mutual respect.
I am grateful for Leslie’s guidance through this life transition and know that I will continue to draw strength. Her future clients will be in excellent hands.
~ Pam S., retired college professor, Berkeley CA
You know it when you see it…when someone is doing exactly what they were meant to do. It is rare and beautiful. Leslie was meant to do this work. It is in her essence. When I am with her, I feel seen. I feel safe to be who I am, to start where I am, to be flawed. She has an uncanny way of seeing patterns, of tying loose ends, of distilling what confuses me into manageable parts. Leslie maintains the long view, of where I came from and where I want to go, and gently reminds me to accept things as they are, not as I wish them to be. I don’t think I have ever worked with anyone who stands guard so firmly and generously over my right to reach my potential. Leslie is genuine, funny, and wise. You will know it when you see it… she is rare and beautiful.
~Maria M. San Francisco, CA