Leah Bougere, Psy.D.
Hi! I’m really glad you’re here. Too often, we are ashamed of struggling. We think we should have it all together, all the time, and feel discouraged when we don’t. We criticize and judge ourselves, and even invalidate and mask our struggles because we have come to believe they are the result of some personal failure. It can take a long time before we finally admit we could use some help.
If you’re here searching for a therapist, it probably means something isn’t going right. I commend you for taking this step. Perhaps you can’t remember the last time you felt joy. Maybe you long for more meaning and connection in life, work, and relationships. You might feel sad often and find it hard to get out of bed. Or perhaps you’re terrified of things going wrong, and these fears are stopping you from going places, talking to people, or making changes in your life. You feel stuck and unfulfilled, but you have no idea where to begin or how to get there. You don’t have to go at it alone.
Through therapy, I would love to help you develop a better understanding of yourself and the impact your life experiences have had on you. I would like to help you cultivate more compassion for yourself, process painful experiences, and move beyond the things that have been holding you back from a fulfilling and connected life. Therapy can also help you learn and practice strategies to more effectively respond and cope with all of life’s challenges.
I’m Leah Bougere. I’m a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the states of Georgia and Florida. I received my doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I use an integrative therapy approach based on the unique needs and goals of each client. I draw primarily on person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, existential, mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches. I strongly believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, and I strive to develop an atmosphere in which my clients feel seen, valued, understood, and safe to discover their authentic selves. I believe in treating the whole person by focusing on various factors that contribute to mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational health.
Currently, I provide psychotherapy to adults ages 18 and up who are struggling with anxiety, phobias, depression, self-esteem issues, life dissatisfaction, and existential concerns. I also provide affirmative psychotherapy to LGBTQIA+ individuals and have experience working with Veterans. Additionally, I conduct ADHD assessments and psycho-educational evaluations for individuals ages 16 and up. If you are ready to have nonjudgmental support, work on yourself, and make positive changes in your life, I hope that you’ll consider reaching out. I look forward to the chance to join you on this part of your life journey.