Leslie Coates Burpee,MA, NCC, LPC

Leslie Coates Burpee,MA, NCC, LPC

Not Accepting New Clients
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC
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

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Falls Church, Virginia 22046

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My Approach to Helping

Many of my clients struggle with life transitions, relationship conflicts, self-esteem, or addiction; with any client, my initial intention is to help provide an immediate sense of relief from debilitating symptoms, and an authentic sense of hope. Let's be honest, life can feel complicated and overwhelming. So often I find that clients feel alone in their struggle, hopeless in the potential for improvement, or utter frustration in being unable to fix problems on their own. Sometimes it takes a trusting, collaborative, therapeutic relationship to help clients find their own strength to effect meaningful change.

My approach serves to help clients address the challenges associated with relationships, family life, transitions, parenting, anxiety, loneliness, depression, and communication. My approach is an eclectic, though grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and psychodamic modalities. I also draw upon expressive and solution-focused techniques to improve confidence and coping skills. I help my clients identify long-standing behavior patterns that interfere with achieving their full potential.

Making lasting changes can feel overwhelming, and often it takes time getting to the bottom of why certain changes have been so hard to master in the past. Helping clients tease apart the confusion over what has been getting in the way of moving forward, can mean an otherwise intimidating change gets broken down into smaller, more digestible, and encouraging steps.

More Info About My Practice

The Center for Cognitive Therapy operates in two locations, Falls Church and Alexandria. Fees start at $185 per 45-minute session.

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

Families struggling with issues of poor communication, lack of warmthconnectiontrust; couples, relationships in crisis; older adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem; compulsive behaviors such as emotional eating, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other impulse control issues.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    * Individuals with various anxiety andor depressive tendencies, perinatal mood and anxiety, addiction, self-esteemconfidence, and traumaemotional injuries
    * Couples and families struggling with dysfunctional communication patterns, low intimacy, or relationship crises such as infidelity, separation, parenting conflicts
    * Professionals needing help establishing worklife balance

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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