The Practice: Kindness, Curiosity, Compassion, LLC
Leah Parisian, LCSW
Certified Body Trust® Provider
Welcome to The Practice. I'm so glad you found me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Body Trust® Provider who is passionate about this thing we call life.
I believe our challenges, triumphs, oppressions, loves, losses, privileges, injustices, and letdowns give us each a unique story, and that our stories can be our paths to healing and internal freedom. I believe that you are the expert in your life and that your lived experiences are valid and essential for our work together. I work from these beliefs to collaborate in your therapy. I consider it an honor to witness your story and to accompany you in your unique process in therapy.
I serve those who have been affected by the stress of daily life, problematic substance use, disordered eating, eating disorders, diet culture, weight stigma, body oppression of all forms, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Foundational to my work are the principles of Health At Every Size (HAES®), Harm Reduction on a spectrum that includes abstinence, trauma-informed care, and social justice. Click here to learn more about Body Trust®, HAES®, Harm Reduction, and my practice philosophy.
I am currently in Private Practice, and host weekly meditation groups online for Florida Atlantic University ("FAU") students/faculty/alumni.
In the fall of 2020, I taught a graduate level course - Mindfulness in Social Work Practice - at FAU. This course has a heavy focus on the neurobiology of mindfulness. From 2017 to 2020, I served in multiple clinical capacities at Wayside House, Inc. in Delray Beach, Florida, first as a Therapist, and later as Assistant Clinical Director/Therapist/Quality Assurance. Wayside House, Inc. is a non-profit that serves women seeking treatment for problematic substance use and co-occurring mental health concerns.
I received my MSW and post-graduate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certificate course at FAU, and completed certification as a Body Trust® Provider from Be Nourished in Portland, Oregon. My graduate studies internships were clinically focused in treating problematic substance use and disordered eating, as well as in acute mental health crisis stabilization. Listed below are certifications and trainings relevant to my current practice.
Certified Body Trust® Provider (Be Nourished, Portland, Oregon)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate (Florida Atlantic University)
Selected Post-Graduate Continuing Education Trainings
2019: Center for Optimal Living: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training; SunServe LGBTQI Transgender Proficiency Training: Expanding the Binary
2018: Be Nourished: Promoting Body Trust in Clinical Practice; Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness: The Blend of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders; Be Nourished Promoting Body Trust in Your Work; Trauma Focused CBT; International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Conference Highlights (Making Sense of the Complex Eating Disorder: A Multifaceted Conversation with Founding Leaders in the Treatment of Eating Disorders; Body Positive Cornell: Community Based Participatory Research to Reduce Disordered Eating in University Settings; Weaving the Threads of Body and Mind: Combining CBT, DBT, IFS, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Yoga for Embodied Recovery; Weight Stigma in Eating Disorder Treatment Settings: A Discussion on Identification & Reduction; Sunserve: Navigating Sex & Sobriety
2017: Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness: The Use of Creative Techniques to Challenge Clients' Fear of Change; The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference - Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Integrating Science, Creativity, and Clinical Wisdom [in the treatment of eating disorders]; Post-graduate MSW, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate
MSW, Florida Atlantic University
BBA with a concentration in Finance, Florida Atlantic University