Dr. Heather Leash
Heather Leash, Ph.D. is a professional psychological assistant registered by the California Board of Psychology (PSB94023679) and supervised by Dr. Jennifer Shapiro. Dr. Leash completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Alliant International University in 2017. Dr. Leash has over ten years of experience utilizing evidence-based treatments with children, adolescents, and adults at all levels of care. Dr. Leash has extensive experience treating various psychological disorders that often co-occur with eating disorders.
She completed her APA accredited internship at Rogers Memorial Hospital where she conducted individual, group, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD and other stressor related disorders. Dr. Leash completed two years of clinical training at UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. While at UCSD she conducted individual and group therapy for adolescents and families, provided meal support for patients and families, and conducted various psychological assessments.
Dr. Leash’s approach to treatment is client centered and will depend greatly on the client’s needs at that time. She will discuss with you the various approaches to treatment and how to best reach your treatment goals. Her clinical interest and training has primarily been rooted in behavioral treatments such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders, Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and other stressor related disorders, and Family-Based Therapy.
In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling. Some of her favorite places to visit are Hawaii, Greece, and Ireland. She enjoys exploring new hiking trails and finding scenic places to run in San Diego. It is important to Heather to stay active in her Native American community and she looks forward to the summer and participating in cultural gatherings.