About Me & My Experience

My Practice

With over 25 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a variety of settings, I bring warmth, experience and expertise into the therapeutic relationship. I received my Masters in Science in Social Work from Columbia University after completing my Bachelors in Psychology from Connecticut College.  I've been in private practice since 2003.  I worked in a private group practice in Middletown while I gained experience as a school social worker and school counselor at both the middle school and high school levels.  I worked with the group practice West Meadow Counseling in Ellington, CT for over 6 years.  Currently, I am in solo practice in South Windsor CT.  I'm so excited to bring my specialized training in Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) to my clients' individualized healing process.

 

I believe healing happens within the context of the therapeutic relationship. This connection can help transform our beliefs about the past and ourselves. Issues may present themselves as symptoms or conflict, but soon we discover it is a healthy connection we all yearn for.

Working with adults and adolescents for many years, I've learned how crucial our early development affects who we are and how we interact with others. Through discussion and insightful interventions, the client learns what he or she needs and develops the tools themselves to meet those needs.

 

School Experience

 

I've worked in a number of school systems.  As a school social worker and school counselor, I know the "inside scoop" about special education, PPTs, IEPs, GPAs, 504 Plans and other abbreviations.  Transitions from middle school to HS and HS to college can be challenging.  I can support you and your child through academic, social and behavioral difficulties.

Recovery Expertise

 

I am familiar with 12 Step Programs on both a professional and personal level.  Having addiction in one's family is very common, even though you feel like you're the only one.  It can be an emotional rollercoaster and you may need support to take care of yourself and better understand your own or your loved one's addiction.  There are books and support groups that I can recommend as well.

Personality Problem?

 

Are you living, working, or related to someone with a difficult personality?  Everyone could answer "yes."  There is a fine line between a difficult person and a personality "disorder."  With a little education and understanding, you can detach from having your buttons pushed and move on to more healthy relationships.  Again, specific reading and workbooks can facilitate this learning process.

Free Phone Intake

Call me when you're ready, and I'll gather some initial demographic and clinical information and we can begin this special relationship.

Fees and Insurance

I accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid/HUSKY and many Employee Assistance Program (EAP) plans.  Please call the number on the back of your insurance card that indicates "Behavioral Health" to see if I'm in your network.  If you are without insurance, I can arrange a sliding-scale fee.

Call Leah:

860.453.0031

Email Leah:

info@leahbellcarecounseling.com

Find Leah:

435 Buckland Road

South Windsor, CT . 06074

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