LESLIE HENCK, M.A., LPCC
Therapist & Counselor
As a therapist and Counselor at the Colorado Women’s Center, Leslie believes reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. She understands how we all can feel lost, out of touch with our purpose, confused, and deeply hurt due to a myriad of life experiences. Leslie knows we are not meant to go through life alone, which is why she is called to be of service to others in her lifetime. She offers support to those seeking to strengthen their own self-empowerment through a heart-centered approach. Leslie works from a perspective that the way we have learned to survive in this world, and the potentially maladaptive patterns we have developed to do so, all hold inherent wisdom. Coming from a trauma-informed background, she offers tenderness and care while creating a safe and nonjudgmental container for her clients to explore and understand themselves deeper. Leslie’s calls on the tools of self-acceptance, compassion, and self-forgiveness to allow difficult emotions to transform into the brilliance of our unique nature.
Leslie earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University with a focus in mindfulness and transpersonal psychology and has since completed additional training in Somatic Regulation and Embodiment Strategies. Her education and interest in mind-body-soul connection assists her in helping women strengthen their capacity to feel connected to themselves and others while navigating anxiety, depression, loss/grief, life-transitions, self-esteem issues, relational issues, sexual trauma, and addiction.
In addition to her career as a therapist, Leslie also was a professional dancer for ten years performing at various types of music events. Alongside her Masters Degree, dance and performance have been their own education in embodiment, boundaries, feminine archetypes and remembering the body as sacred. In her Masters thesis, Leslie wove together the healing capacity of dance and embodiment with the wisdom of psychology and emotional healing to create a method for self expression and exploration called Chakra Dance. Leslie attunes to each client’s needs and wants and incorporates somatic and embodiment practices into the therapeutic relationship as appropriate for each person.
Outside of work, Leslie is passionate about health, women’s empowerment, self-expression, and the creative arts. When she’s not with clients, you can find her organizing women’s circles for her community, exploring nature, or processing through embodied movement practices. Some of her favorite things are music you can groove to, collecting herbal teas, traveling with friends, scuba diving, making art, and dancing.