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Dr. Leslie is passionate about helping clients with eating, weight, and body image concerns. As a doctoral intern in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Northwestern University, Dr. Leslie was part of an Eating Concerns Assessment and Treatment Team. She also works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, and relationship issues. Dr. Leslie has researched and developed interventions aimed at increasing physical activity levels and changing eating behaviors. She has presented throughout the United States on topics related to health and psychology.

As a therapist, Dr. Leslie uses evidenced-based therapeutic modalities and personalized therapy to best fit the unique needs of each person. She focuses on building a strong and trusting relationship with everyone she works with. She focuses on helping people gain a better understanding of themselves as they develop new strategies to best meet their goals. Dr. Leslie uses evidence-based approaches in an individualized manner which allows her to tailor treatment to best fit each person. She draws primarily from cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and interpersonal therapy approaches. Her approach to therapy is based on her belief that a supportive, validating, nonjudgmental, and empowering environment facilitates positive change.

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We are currently offering remote teletherapy services in Illinois and Georgia. As of July 1, 2020 our services have expanded to Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Utah. 

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8 Keys To End Emotional Eating

Get our new book with an insightful look at the psychology behind emotional eating and other unwanted behaviors.

"While diet advice typically aims at identifying triggers and strengthening self-restraint, clinical health psychologist Farkas contends that emotional eating is primarily owing to the rejection of the control necessitated by dieting--a desire to "be bad." Farkas seeks to help readers change their mind-sets about dieting through the use of his eight keys, which include breaking the diet mentality, resolving inner conflict, and upgrading coping mechanisms."

- Library Journal

"This excellent, short, and practical book offers many refreshing ideas and perspectives...A valuable book with many interesting insights in line with HG understandings."

- Human Givens

"Filled with useful tips and compassionate expertise, this book could help anyone to become more conscious around their eating, whether you're experiencing issues or not. For those who suffer most, it could mean the end of emotional eating and painful dieting, and hope for a better relationship to food and life."

- Greater Good Magazine

8 Keys to Ending Emotional Eating offers insights into emotional eating that I have not read/heard before. The information is easy to read, in a personable, engaging writing style. The content is detailed, well informed, and supported with clinical examples. I see this book as part of a healthy therapeutic relationship with a therapist who resonates with you, who feels into, senses into your struggle and offers the support you need to both come to awareness of and appreciate your past and then take the next steps to make changes for a healthier relationship with food and with yourself.

-- Nancy Eichorn, Ph.D., editor, Somatic Psychotherapy Today

 Your search is over if you are an emotional eater, and you have time and again tried and failed to “will yourself” into a diet only to end up self-sabotaging. The lessons in this book are not only sound, especially amidst the endless mounds of ... (Read Full Review)

 This is an excellent book. It’s straight to the point, has strategies and exercises that are simple to implement into my life and has helped me transform from an emotional eater into a “normal” eater.  I have read a million diet books and none have helped me as much as this book- probably because it’s not ...(Read Full Review)
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