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Lesley  Gould

Dr. Lesley Gould is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25203) with years of experience working with adolescents, children and families. Dr. Gould emphasizes a strength based and client-centered approach when working with adolescents to provide safety and unconditional positive regard.

Dr. Gould obtained her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. She obtained her Masters and Doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in Irvine, California. She was recognized as Most Outstanding Doctoral Student of the year in 2011. She is highly trained in the therapeutic modalities of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Non-Directive Play Therapy.

She completed her pre-doctoral residency with Western Youth Services, a non-profit organization in Anaheim, California. She completed her post-doctoral residency with Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California. While there, she participated in the Intensive Outpatient Program and facilitated groups with high- risk adolescents and families struggling with substance related disorders and acute mental illness. She also had the opportunity to utilize Movement Based therapeutic techniques and meditation with children and adolescents. She currently practices daily meditation with a focus on guided breathing and mindfulness.

Her clinical and research experience has also focused on modifying evidence-based practices to make them increasingly culturally relevant with diverse populations. Her research interests include substance abuse related disorders, high risk adolescents and the effects of health and nutrition on mental health.

She has extensive experience in testing and assessment for the purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate department at Argosy University.

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