LESLIE YEARGERS, LMFT ASSOCIATE

If you would like to schedule an appointment with this provider, please contact the front desk at 503.486.8936

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Leslie Yeargers, LMFT Associate

She/her pronouns

 

In today's climate, it is enormously challenging being something other than what society says you're "supposed" to be. This is especially true if you identify as (or even think you might be) transgender, non-binary, genderqueer or LGB. Relating authentically to friends, family and co-workers presents unique emotional challenges and often safety concerns. For family members, feelings of grief, confusion, fear, awkwardness, and intense curiosity can seem overwhelming. Counseling can help with the emotional challenges of living as your authentic self. It can help family members examine the nature and sources of their feelings regarding their LGBTQIA loved ones, leading to greater understanding and connection for all.

 

In my practice, I draw from family systems, narrative, emotion-focused, and social justice theories to help clients understand their experience and build a strong sense of identity. I assume a model of accountability in my own growth and take seriously my role as a person of privilege to advance equality and justice for everyone in our society.

 

As a heterosexual, cisgender parent of a transgender person, I appreciate first-hand the difficulties you and family members face when up against barriers that threaten your well being or the well being of your family members. I want you to know that you are not alone in your sexual and/or identity exploration. As a family systems counselor, I want to help you and your family live authentically and courageously with love and support.

As an associate under supervision of a licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I will abide by its Code of Ethics. I am under the ongoing supervision of Ryan Loiselle, MA, LPC, which I will be happy to explain.

 

Hours and Session Length:  I operate Tuesday through Thursday at the address listed above and clients may call or email to schedule appointments. Individual sessions are 50 minutes in duration, usually once a week. For counseling to be effective, it is important to attend all regularly scheduled appointments. If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance if possible. Missing two consecutive appointments without notification could result in reevaluation or loss of services. You are free to terminate services at will; however, it is usually most therapeutic to schedule a closing session.

 

Payment: Clients are fully responsible for the payment of all fees for services at the time of service. Checks, credit cards, and cash are accepted forms of payment and payable at the beginning of the session. Fees are $152.25 for a 50-minute session, unless we have determined that you meet criteria for a sliding scale fee. 

 

Client Rights and Confidentiality

As a client of an associate supervised by a licensed professional counselor you have the following rights:

  • To expect that a licensee has met the minimal qualifications of training and experience required by law

  • To examine records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a licensee

  • To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics

  • To report complaints to the Board

  • To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services

  • To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule and law, including the following exceptions: 1) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2) Reporting imminent danger to client or others; 3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by client’s insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5) Defending claims brought by client against licensee

  • To be free from discrimination because of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.

 

You may contact the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists at 3218 Pringle Rd SE #120, Salem, OR, 97302. Telephone: 503-378-5499. Email lpct.board@oregon.gov. Website www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT