Leah Coakley

Leah CoakleyPracticum Counselor

Leah is a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling student at the University of Puget Sound and will graduate in Summer 2014.  She is excited to continue and deepen her work with Puget Sound students, whom she has worked with in different capacities since 2007.  She has also worked with Tacoma and Puyallup public high school students, middle school exchange students from South Korea, clients of the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, and women in the Pierce County Jail.  With a background in Humanistic Therapies including Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Emotion-Focused Therapy and in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Leah plans to bring an eclectic and flexible therapeutic orientation to her clients, tailored to fit their needs, personalities, and styles.  She is particularly committed to the therapeutic alliance as a core element of psychotherapy.

Leah, a proud Cascadia transplant, has lived in Tacoma since 2006.  She was born and raised in South Carolina and Georgia and moved to Tacoma for an Americorps Vista year after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Classics from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 2006.  Along with being a graduate student and a practicum counselor at CHWS, Leah wears a third on-campus hat: she works in the Registrar’s Office and particularly with the Optimize project.  She is passionate about advocacy and social justice and hopes to bring her energy in these areas to clients in ways that are beneficial to their growth.  When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys writing poems, playing with her Jack Russell-Chihuahua, Mason, and spending time exploring our beautiful state.