Leslie Amaya is a Associate Martial and Family Therapist (AMFT #114021). Leslie is a first generation Mexican-American and focuses on a collaborative approach with her clients to provide individualized care while meeting clients where they are at. Leslie focuses on utilizing evidence-based approaches to promote change and a life worth living. Leslie provides a non-judgmental and safe environment for her clients.
Leslie earned her master’s degree in Martial and Family Therapy (MFT) from the University of San Diego in 2019. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Community Family and Addiction Sciences from Texas Tech University while minoring in psychology and human development and family studies in 2017.
Leslie has worked in both partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. She completed her first internship at Refuge Services, an equine assisted psychotherapy facility in Lubbock, Texas working with a range of clients including veterans and individuals across the life span ranging from 2 years old to 40+ with diagnosis including PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, Autism, ADHD and behavioral issues. From there she completed a clinical internship at UCSD’s Eating Disorder program providing individual and family psychotherapy services in the adolescent program with clients ranging from 11-18. Leslie worked with individual clients with an eating disorder diagnosis from a DBT and CBT modality. In this role Leslie provided individual, group therapy and multi-family group therapy services as well as providing meal coaching and empowerment to parents. Leslie has experience facilitating evidence-based eating disorder treatment including family-based therapy. She has received training in family-based therapy, eating disorder treatment, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, equine assisted psychotherapy approaches as well as being a safe space ally. She is under the clinical supervision of Soojin Falkner, LMFT #97800 and is a member of PEP’s DBT and Gender consultation team.
Leslie is also member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).