Meet the Team
Leslie Woodris, LMHC, ATR
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist
Leslie Woodris (She/Her/Hers), has been working in the therapy field for 6+ years, having a M.S. in Clinical Counseling and in Art Therapy from Emporia State University. She is a compassionate and empathetic provider who believes that everyone has the ability to overcome their past.
Leslie utilizes several therapeutic approaches to assist in the healing process, being trained in EMDR therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also is trained as a Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professional, bringing this specialized knowledge along with her art therapy training into her work with clients.
Leslie utilizes a client centered strengths based approach. Leslie is currently working towards specialized training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic approach to better support clients with complex trauma backgrounds. Although, Leslie has worked with children and families for much of her clinical experience; Leslie also works with adults of all ages and couples.
Therapy Dog in Training
Sally is a mini bernedoodle puppy working hard to become part of an Animal Assisted Intervention Team (AAI) with Leslie Woodris.Currently, Sally is in training and presently is unable to practice her skills in the office, until she passes her training test. Sally is working hard to learn her skills and pass her test to begin working in the office.
Sally wants everyone to be comfortable and if anyone would desire her to not be present, when she is able to work in office, please let Leslie know.
Rachael Bolaños Jackson
Temporarily Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Rachael Bolaños Jackson (She/Her/Hers), has over 10+ years working with underserved populations in community- based art learning. Her background includes a BA in Art History from University of Northern Iowa and advanced training in the expressive arts, including an Art Therapy Certificate from Grand View University.
Rachael has obtaining a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Drake University with a focus in trauma.
Rachael has a passion for integrating expressive arts in therapy. Rachael conducts therapy as client centered with an emphasis in the historical and intergenerational traumas experienced by marginalized identities.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist
Emily Williams (She/Her/Hers), had been working in the therapy field for over 6+ years. As an Art Therapist she likes to explore using creativity to support those working with her to become their best, most authentic selves. Offering both, individual therapy in person and via telehealth sessions; Emily primarily works with teenagers, adults, and elders. Through working together she hopes to help empower others to self advocate and set boundaries.
Many people have been raised by emotionally immature caregivers and navigating the world as a person can be difficult when you haven’t been provided with the tools for success, or if you feel that you had to grow up too fast in order to meet the needs of your caregivers and family.
Emily has received additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to better help people move through their trauma, depression, anxiety, and in learning more about their own identity and sexualities/genders. Emily is a non-religiously affiliated therapist that provides space and time to explore one's true self.
Mental Health Counseling Intern
Alexa Hopson (She/Her/Hers), is currently a Master’s level Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Grand View University. Alexa practices from an existential, humanistic perspective believing every person is unique and has positive strengths that can make their life fulfilling. Alexa helps clients with self-worth, anxiety, and depression, and guides them into purpose-driven, spiritually aligned, authentic living using CBT and DBT techniques. Alexa views individuals in a holistic manner, recognizing the importance of their culture and environment.
Alexa has a Bachelor’s in psychology from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from National University. She is also a certified health coach.
Alexa's post-graduate goals include becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and practicing via telehealth in order to reach more people.
Alexa is being supervised by Leslie Woodris; if there are any questions or concerns that you believe need to be brought to Leslie's attention please call her at (515) 553-8811.