Ask about Becca Leitman
Becca Leitman, MSW, LICSW, CMHS
I am a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, providing caring, specialized treatment in: adoption/foster care issues, identity struggles, birth family relationships and their subsequent reunions, children of divorce, grief and loss, trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse.
I hold a Master of Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor of Photojournalism from Boston University. Additionally, I completed Art and Dance Therapy training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and I am currently working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Attachment Focused Trauma Therapy.
Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, I had access to an indefinite amount of diverse cultural experiences. This exposure solidified my desire to travel and learn about the global human experience. Upon graduating from college I began traveling in and around Costa Rica and Central America, volunteering at schools and orphanages. From there, I lived at an orphanage in Cambodia where I created and executed an Art Therapy program. In graduate school I was awarded a fellowship studying the social service systems in Ghana where I volunteered in an orphanage and a school for Autism. These experiences solidified my passion for working with children and families, inspiring me to study clinical social work.
Upon receiving my MSW, I became an Adoption Counselor for domestic and international adoptions, counseling birth parents, and adoptive families, and led an Art Therapy group for adoptees. I have since worked in therapeutic foster care as well as in community mental health with individuals recovering from the trauma of neglect, sexual assault, and domestic violence. I am grateful to have had the pleasure to work with some of the most complex and resilient people all over the globe, who continue to inspire and inform my work everyday.
As an adoptee in a mixed family of both biological and adopted children, working in the adoption field has given me the opportunity to share my adoption story and search for identity. I draw upon my personal experience, and understand complex family systems. This has informed my work with grief and loss, children of divorce and the search for identity. As an integrated clinician, I am deeply rooted in attachment, and approach treatment through an interpersonal psychodynamic therapeutic lens.
I utilize creative art therapy as an approach to treatment helping both expressive and non-expressive children, adolescents, and adults explore a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and social challenges. My work with families employs a child-centered family systems approach, with a mindfulness inspired outlook.
Deciding to begin therapy is not an easy choice, and I commend you for your bravery in beginning this journey. Collaboratively, we will explore the hurdles preventing growth, and the patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful but difficult to move beyond. I look forward to meeting you, and working together to find your path to healing.