Meet Dr. Les

“ I love what I do.  I decided on a career in psychology in high school, but began my “work life” in the field of education.  Early on in college, I was a peer tutor and teaching assistant for English and Political Science.  There, I found myself helping single mothers and unemployed men and women returning to school.  Doing this, I learned what it felt like to have an impact on another persons life.  My decision to become a psychologist was reinforced when I realized that I could have this impact in very important areas by talking and sharing insights.  Amazed by the idea that I could make someone feel better with words, I stayed focused on clinical psychology.   After receiving my bachelors degree in Psychology, I volunteered for a while in an outpatient clinic, where my payment was listening to the insights of a dozen or more clinical psychologists at various levels of experience.   While doing this, I also worked for a local hospital in their 19 bed psychiatric unit.  I went into graduate school with the benefit of very rich experiences.  I had great insights and even better questions.  My graduate education exposed me to various theories of pathology and an eclectic span of methodologies.  I left with a good foundation in Marriage, Family, and Individual psychology.  Since then, I feel very fortunate to have stayed involved in education by teaching at Wayne State University.  This, along with the various seminars and workshops I do, keep me immersed in the current literature.  Currently, I enjoy a nice balance of clinical and educational work, while my speaking and consulting enables me to meet various members of the community and keeps me aware of the needs of my neighbors.  I truly love what I do.  I say frequently to my friends and colleagues, “I leave my office with more energy than when I arrived.„

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Les is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Wayne State University and Schoolcraft College, teaching Educational, General, and Abnormal Psychology.  Dr. Les has earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University with an emphasis in the areas of Clinical, Developmental and Educational Psychology.  There, he has done research in the areas of family dynamics, positive thinking styles, and how these relate to confidence in children, adolescents and adults.  His background includes work in in-patient psychiatric, and educational settings.  He has done consulting for mental health agencies and school districts in and out of state and has done several workshops for businesses, mental health and educational settings.

His consulting practice has addressed topics including:

  • Communication difficulties at work
  • Power Struggles
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Work Place bullying
  • Improving company morale

His workshops have covered a wide variety of topics including:

  • Parenting
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Communication
  • Power struggles
  • Stress Management
  • Motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dr. Les style of caregiving 
  • Style of provision of care:

Dr. Les’s style of psychotherapy adheres to empirically tested methods of cognitive behavioral theories with a primary focus on the relationship and trust between client and therapist.  The philosophy is respect, trust and solutions for a healthy lifestyle.  Goals are clear and formed by both client and therapist.

During your sessions, you can expect privacy, respect and a dedication to improvement in every aspect of your life.  Each person and their circumstances are unique, therefore, every treatment plan is unique and solution oriented.