Martha Leesman is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual, couples and family therapy with a private practice in San Antonio, TX.

ABOUT

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual, couples therapy and I have a private practice in San Antonio, TX.

With over 18 years experience as a psychotherapist and a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University specializing in solution-focused, brief therapy I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting support, bipolar disorder, communication skills, practicing acceptance of imperfection, worthiness, authenticity and self-compassion. I keep in tune with up to date reseach and methodologies, especially the work of Dr. Brené Brown, PhD and Dr. Kristin Neff, PhD.

I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, worthiness and authenticity, integrity and honesty, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

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Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Inspiration

I have a number of books and CDs that my clients find useful. If you would like to purchase one or more of these, please click on the links to order.

Education
Master of Science, Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX
Bachelor of Science, Human Resources and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

License, Certifications & Awards
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator
State of Texas Board Approved Supervisor
Board Certified Professional Counselor
Additional Training
Mindful Self-Compassion (based on the reseach of Dr. Kristin Neff, PhD)

Professional Memberships

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American Psychotherapy Association

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American Counseling Association

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National Association of Professional Women

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Better Business Bureau

SERVICES

Interactive solution-focused brief therapy

Focusing on anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting support, bipolar disorder, communication skills, practicing shame-resilience, imperfection and self-compassion. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, worthiness and authenticity, integrity and honesty, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

The Daring Way

The Daring Way ™ is a highly-experiential methodology that we developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.

During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

For more information about The Daring Way™ please visit thedaringway.com.

LPC Supervision

Supervision consists of discussing specific questions about individual cases, application of various theoretical perspectives, and utilization of interventions from an eclectic array of treatment modalities. Examples of therapeutic modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, reality therapy, mindfulness practice, strategic family therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

I offer Supervision for LPC-Interns. With me, not only will you gain the experience of practicing in a therapeutic setting, but you will be given first hand knowledge of working in a private practice, or a community mental health setting where you will be able to learn how to get started in either setting. My experiences can be a learning tool for you to decide upon working in private practice or working in the community mental health sector.
Obtaining LPC Internship Status
To take the examinations, which are required before applying for the temporary license, go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_exam.shtm. From this site you can download the registration form for the NCE and start the process of taking the Jurisprudence exam

  1. Masters Degree or PhD in Counseling or Psychology from an accredited university and completion of all classes and practicum as required by the LPC Board. For more detailed information go to the LPC Board’s website athttp://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/
  2.  Successful completion of the National Counselor Exam (NCE)
  3. Interview potential supervisors. Complete a supervision contract form which both parties must sign.
  4. Apply for LPC Licensure (also known as the temporary license). All LPC Intern documents are to be sent to the Texas State Board of Examiners. Your application process may take up to six weeks to be processed.
  5. An Intern must obtain 3000 total clock hours while under supervision, 1500 hours must be direct client contact during a minimum of 18 months.
  6. The LPC Intern license will no longer be eligible for renewal or extension. The license will now be issued for a 5-year time frame with no provision for renewal or extension beyond the 5 years.
  7. Maintain accurate records of logged hours, supervised hours, and supervision notes.

Please refer to the Texas Administrative Code for further information at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_rules.shtm
If you have any questions about anything during this process, I will be happy to help you.

LPC Supervision Cost and Structure
LPC Supervision:

Supervision can consist of Individual (no more than two interns), Group (3 or more interns), or possibly live webcam/chat. The structure of supervision is such that no more that 50% of supervision can be provided in group, no more that 50% of group supervision can be done via webcam/chat.
As of June 1, 2012. The Texas state Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors has this listed as regulations/rules for clinical supervision. The content can be viewed at:

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
§681.92. Experience Requirements (Internship).

(g) The LPC Intern must have received direct supervision consisting of an average of one hour a week of face-to-face or live Internet webcam supervision in individual (up to two Interns) or group (three or more) settings ­for each week the intern is engaged in counseling. No more than 50% of the total hours of supervision can be live Internet webcam supervision and no more than 50% of the total hours of supervision may be received in group supervision. No more than 50% of the total hours of group supervision may be live Internet webcam supervision.
Cost:

The cost of supervision is 50.00 weekly for both group, individual, and various forms of telecommunication. Fees will be paid on a weekly basis as my license is covering you as an LPC-intern for the entirety of your internship. Each type of supervision provides a unique experience in the development of skills such as case consultation, providing relevant feedback to colleagues, and discussing implementation of theory into practice. By State Board rules we are obligated to meet on an average: 1 hour weekly.
What I am looking for in an LPC Intern

  • A strong ethical and moral foundation based upon serving others in a compassionate and empathetic manner.
  • An LPC Intern with a curious and teachable spirit that will enable them to experience clinical situations from various perspectives.
  • An LPC Intern who accepts feedback and responsibility related to growing as a competent LPC in the future, and is willing to ask questions about various new theories and techniques that will be of service to future clientele
  • An LPC Intern who is dedicated to the counseling profession by challenging themselves to confront issues in a way that will benefit the client.

The following link is a copy of the supervision contract that is required before entering into LPC Supervision with me.

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Insurance

I provide all the necessary paperwork for my clients to be reimbursed by their insurance provider. The majority of my clients receive some form of reimbursement form their insurance. Please call your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

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Rates

Initial Session
Individual $200 per hour
Couples & Family $235

Subsequent Sessions
Individual Session $180 per hour
Couples & Family Session $200 per hour

Payment

Cash, check and most major credit cards.
Insurance – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Value Options, United Health/Behavioral
Many other networks provide out of network benefits.
Please call your insurance provider prior to the initial session for more information.

Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

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Martha Leesman

Text or Voice 210 606 6861
Fax 210 495 8887
143 Sunset Road
Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78209