Alicia Lesniak

LMHC, DBT-LBC

Alicia Lesniak

LMHC, DBT-LBC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Mental Health Counseling - MH 12418
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: I typically charge $150-250 for individual and couples sessions although I do offer sliding scale for a limited number of clients based on availability and need
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Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

5601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33137

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My Approach to Helping

Effective treatment inspires measurable positive change. My approach to therapy is to provide empirically-based interventions in a warm, collaborative and transparent manner. I also teach mindfulness and behavior change strategies to promote psychological flexibility and therefore overall well-being. Our practice offers a fully adherent DBT program for adolescents, families and adults wanting to improve interpersonal skills as well as distress tolerance skills and emotion regulation skills.

More Info About My Practice

My specialty is working with treatment-resistant anxiety and depression, mood instability, disordered eating, substance abuse and impulsivity. I have particular interest in working with those who feel stuck and want a new approach to therapy that is collaborative, goal-oriented and psychoeducational in nature.

21 randomized clinical trials in 14 independent sites have shown that DBT reduces problem behavior, increases emotional stability, reduces self-harming, reduces suicidal urges (and hospitalizations), improves functioning and communication in relationships, reduces substance abuse, and reduces binge eating and bulimia among other compulsions. Our fully adherent DBT counseling program includes weekly individual DBT sessions, weekly consultation team meetings for therapists, phone coaching for clients and four DBT skills groups specifically tailored for adults, adolescents, families and couples.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in emotional dysregulation which often results in chaotic relationships, inability to control impulses, self-destructive behaviors, self-harm and suicidal ideation. I am particularly passionate about working with parents of adolescents and young adults and currently run the DBT parent skills groups as well as provides individual parent coaching sessions for families struggling with conflict and disconnection. In addition, I enjoy collaborating with adults and business professionals in building the emotional and interpersonal skills necessary to achieve desired goals.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    My specialty is working with adolescents, adults and parents with difficulties in emotional dysregulation (i.e. self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, substance abuse, impulsivity) and helping the family system move out of chaos. I also particularly enjoy working with adults and business professionals looking for skill-building to help move toward desired goals.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Harm
  • Shame
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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