Leona M. McLean
M.Ed. in School Counseling, BA in Social Work
North Carolina Licensed School Counselor
North Carolina and International Teacher
I am a passionate counselor who aims to discover new and innovative evidence-based techniques and interventions to empower individuals, couples and families to deal with personal struggles and obstacles. I prefer a collaborative approach; a counseling partnership to work with the client and act as a facilitator in the treatment process while teaching skills and empowering the client along the way to problem solve, brainstorm solutions, and make an action plan. The goal is for the client to embrace change and experience new beginnings. I want to establish an open and honest therapeutic relationship leading to a healthy well-balanced lifestyle.
I believe clients of every age group are determined, strong, and capable of seeking change to achieve their goals. I strive to being committed and compassionate in order to provide therapeutic age appropriate strategies when assisting clients. I enjoy working with adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families. I have helped people with anxiety, depression, suicide, personality disorder, post traumatic disorder, substance abuse, neglect and abuse, childhood trauma, family dysfunction, grief, and eating disorders. My approach is using mindfulness techniques, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, individual, group, family therapy, person centered therapy and solution-based techniques. I use my skills to assist clients on their journey of self-discovery, so they have positive self-esteem, independence, and strategies needed to tackle different issues. My clients can feel reassured, cared for, and understand that their needs are a priority.
I was awarded the Liberty University’s Omega Nu Lambda Award for maintaining a high GPA standing. I am a certified Symbis Facilitator which allows me to conduct couples therapy and assessment. I have also been trained in Autism awareness, neurofeedback, brain mapping, seizure protocol, suicide prevention, and cyberbullying and Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy through Behavioral Tech. I am an active member of the American Association of School Counselors and the American Counseling Association.
My solution-based approach and focus on confidence and determination is a direct result of living and teaching in London, England, and moving to the United States as an International teacher. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Religious Education from the University of Waterloo, Canada, after which I moved to England and received my Certificate in Education from St. Martin’s College in Lancaster. I taught in London, England for three years. In 2000, I accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, North Carolina as an International teacher where I received my North Carolina Teaching License. I have 22 years' experience teaching in the Public, Private, and Charter school systems. My experience as an Educator has strengthened my skills to communicate and develop a rapport with students aged 5 to 15. Student and family relationships were instrumental in confirming my desire to pursue a career in counseling. I am presently in my internship at Liberty University’s Master in Education Counseling Program. I will obtain my National Board Certification and Licensed Practitioner Counselor credentials.
When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, traveling, supporting my children in their sports activities, spending time with my family and playing with my dog, Chewy.