Leigh Ann Fernandez is an energetic and compassionate listener who approaches life with the excitement and wonder found in many of her young clients. She earned her Master’s in Counseling from Campbell University in 2002 and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2003. Leigh Ann taught special education students in middle school prior to becoming a counselor. This experience gave her a deeper understanding of students with disabilities and the challenges they and their families may have in obtaining the proper services within the school setting. She is a strong advocate for all her clients and works hard to help them succeed wherever they are.
When she was providing in-home services for children with a history of abuse, neglect, and attachment issues, Leigh Ann developed a passion for helping children with trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Leigh Ann’s other professional passions include working with children and adults with ADHD, clients with high functioning autism/Asperger’s, children with behavioral problems, chronic pain, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and helping adopting families and their adopted children.
Leigh Ann has additional training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) – a treatment found to be effective for victims of trauma of all ages. She also has advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) a special type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that helps clients who are struggling to manage their emotions. Leigh Ann loves leading group therapy as there are some issues that are best addressed within a group setting. She hopes to have some groups up and running soon! In the past, she has provided groups in partnership with local churches that integrate treatment with faith and psychotherapy.
For those needing supervision for LPC licensure, Leigh Ann is an approved and licensed clinical supervisor through the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and offers individual and group supervision for those provisionally licensed. She is also available to speak on a large variety of mental health topics to churches, civic groups, medical staff, or any group interested in learning more about a mental health problem or ways to manage stress and maintain good mental health.
When she is not working hard, Leigh Ann enjoys music, biking, camping with friends and family, learning new things, and spending time with her husband, son, and two daughters.