Leslie Varela, MS, LPC Associate
Supervised by: Dr. Shirin Khosravi, LPC-S
Welcome to your space, where empathy and understanding form the foundation of our therapeutic journey. I’m dedicated to helping individuals navigate the complexities of their emotions and experiences. I specialize in supporting adolescents who have faced traumatic events. On its own, adolescence is a critical period of development, and navigating trauma during this time can be particularly challenging. Whether it’s the aftermath of a difficult life event or an ongoing struggle, I’m here to provide a safe and supportive space. I’m passionate about guiding individuals towards healing and growth.
My approach is rooted in addressing trauma using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I believe in the strength and resilience of everyone, and my goal is to use TF-CBT, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Somatic Experiencingto empower adolescents to process their experiences, develop coping mechanisms, and move towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. I specialize in working with teens, young adults, and adults who may have encountered various forms of trauma. Additionally, I work with those with chronic stress such as familial challenges, academic pressures, or community-related stress.
If you are seeking a compassionate and understanding counselor to support yourself or your child on their journey to healing, I am here. I’m dedicated to creating a therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect, where clients feel heard and validated. I believe that everyone can heal, which influences how I approach both my personal and professional life. My hope is that you no longer feel alone and stuck but safe, empowered, and supported. If you’d like to start making a difference in your or your loved one’s life I’m here when you’re ready.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors. I received my master's degree in counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce and my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. I’m currently under the supervision of Dr. Shirin Khosravi, LPC-S who has been in the field of counseling for over 13 years.
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