About

Leslie Chertok | MA, LMHC

Innovative Coach + Consultant for Visionaries

I stand for innovation with roots, evolution through laughter, and connection with purpose.

leslieI help therapists, healers, coaches, and professionals of all kinds to wake up, replenish vibrancy, and evolve mindfully — for themselves and their clients.

First, rewind to …

Is this as good as it gets?

I always got good results … but something was missing.

Things were good — but not great.  Sometimes I felt on fire in sessions — but that didn’t feel up to me. I ached to bring the sacred vibrancy I felt in other parts of my life to my practice — but I didn’t feel like I had permission to bring all of myself there.

From good to great…

My breakthrough happened when I brought the full, sacred landscape of myself to my work.  The spiritual depth and the irreverent belly laughs.  The tender compassion and the playful nudging.  The researched structures and the spontaneous insights.

Now, I support other visionaries in bringing this same vibrancy into their own lives and practices

More about me…

For the past 20+ years, I have served the world as a therapist.  I’m driven by innovation, and have integrated “alternative” modalities into my psychotherapeutic practice from the start, most notably Contemplative and Buddhist Psychology.

I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.  My areas of specialty have included:

  • attachment disorder,
  • trauma,
  • neglect,
  • grief,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • relationship issues,
  • parent-child issues,
  • non-typical families,
  • and divorce.

Therapy is serious business.  Tears and heartache are part of the territory.  Yet so are body wisdom, intuitive leaps, and big play!  In fact — research now shows that we learn and heal much faster in an atmosphere of relaxation and playfulness.

Leslie is a bravehearted combination of wood nymph and fire horse.  A cosmic warrior of truth, beauty and oneness. ~ Elizabeth Hunter

My Credentials + Certifications:

  • MA in Psychology, Naropa University
  • BA in Psychology and Child Development, New College of FL
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington
  • Child Mental Health Specialist, State of Washington
  • Hendricks Certified Conscious Living and Loving Coach
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Guided Self Healing
  • Director of Therapeutic Programs, Cedarsong Nature School, where I design and lead nature immersion programs for kids and families in the budding field of ecotherapy.

My work is also informed by: The Enneagram, Myers-Briggs typology, EFT, HBLU, Paradox Management, Diversity Trainings, neurobiology, attachment theory, Jungian psychology, and play therapy.

I live on a beautiful island in Washington State, where I’m an amateur beekeeper, nighttime stargazer, and Native American flautist.  If there’s a chanterelle nearby, I’ll find it. My favorite things include dark chocolate almonds, freeform dance, and picking up things with my toes.  For a 5’2” girl, I’m pretty good with a chainsaw.

Bounce, leap, or wiggle on over to my Offerings page to see if there’s a way I can help you or your group.