As a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Lea is passionate about creating a supportive, empathetic environment where her clients feel empowered and encouraged to open up and be their authentic selves. When we feel safe and accepted for who we are, we can step forward and be vulnerable, which in turn allows us to foster deeper connections with ourselves and our loved ones. This is the therapeutic environment that Lea strives towards, through a mixture of warmth, humor and authenticity.
Lea moved from Lebanon to the United States in 2014 in order to pursue her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Virginia Tech remotely. With 6 years of clinical and research experience, Lea has developed a diverse skill set working with individuals and couples from various cultural backgrounds and concerns. Lea’s areas of interest include: premarital, parenting, marriage enrichment, LBGTQ+ concerns, alternative relationship models (partnered non-monogamy/polyamory), communication issues, and trauma. Lea’s cultural background allows her to bring forward a perspective that intentionally embraces diversity and inclusion, and expresses sensitivity and attention towards racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minorities in particular.
Lea is in the process of training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, her preferred approach when working with couples. She is also a PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator, an evidence-based assessment that allows premarital couples to improve and deepen their relationship in therapy. Lea is also fluent in French and Arabic, and comfortable conducting therapy in those languages.