Leah Mayotte MA, LPC, CAADC, EMDR
Leah has been working in the substance abuse and mental health field since 2007 in a variety of settings (outpatient, intensive outpatient, schools, and residential/inpatient). Leah developed a passion for this work at a young age, being immersed in it from birth as both of her parents are counselors and in long-term recovery. Leah knows the positive ripple effect recovery can have on a family. Striving to create an environment where clients feel safe to communicate their thoughts and feelings is very important to her. Leah works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Main specialties include substance use disorders and recovery, trauma, and anxiety/depression. She is known for her straightforward, compassionate, and caring approach while making sure her clients get the best possible care.
In her free time, Leah likes to spend time with her husband and dog, Zetty. She loves watching sports, doing anything that’s competitive, watching movies, and reading.
Treatment Philosophy and Focus
Leah’s approach to counseling is interactive in style with an emphasis on action and the empathic response model. Techniques are used that empower her clients and help motivate positive change by challenging internal thinking. Leah’s treatment philosophy includes a person-centered and solution focused approach. She likes to meet the client where they are and help them gain various tools and skills they need to address their concerns. Evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) are utilized.
Education and Experience
Leah has a master’s degree in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ferris State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing certified therapist (EMDR), Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). Leah has worked as a Clinical Therapist at BASES in Charlevoix and as a Clinical Manager at Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers in Grand Rapids for their men’s residential treatment facility.
- Substance use disorders and recovery
- Trauma / EMDR
- Grief and Loss
- Relationship Issues
- Self-esteem Issues
- Family Issues