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About Leif

I have had the privilege of working in the field of psychotherapy since the mid 1990’s and have been in private practice in Seattle since 2003.  Though most of my current work is “talk therapy”, my background in dance/movement therapy, as well as yoga and other movement disciplines, has given me a unique frame of reference and continues to influence my way of working.


In addition to being a licensed counselor (that’s the LMHC), I am board-certified in dance/movement therapy (the BC-DMT after my name).  I have also completed multiple trainings in Internal Family Systems Therapy and, since 2009 ongoing professional development in psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy.  In 2021 I completed a four year certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from The National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York.  

Training and Credentials​

  • BA, Geography, Vassar College, 1992

  • MA, Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy, Columbia College Chicago, 1998

  • Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapists since  2001

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA state since 2002 (#LH00008142)

  • Certified in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy, Wellness Institute, 2006

  • Completed training in Internal Family Systems Therapy,  Center for Self Leadership, 2007 

  • Completed Alliance Community Psychotherapy Clinic 2-year psychodynamic psychotherapy program, Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Studies, 2011

  • Completed 4-year Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, 2021

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