Leah Alviar

(MA, LPC)

About Me

My name is Leah Alviar and I would like to share a little bit about myself with you. 
Degrees, Certifications, and Professional Experience: 
I earned my B.S. in Generic Special Education from Our Lady of the Lake University, my M.A. in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and my Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.  
I am both a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor with over 21 years of counseling experience.  I have held leadership roles in local, regional, and state cunseling organizations, am a published author, present at local, state, and national conferences and served as editor for Ph.D. student dissertations.  
Currently I teach graduate counseling courses for the M.Ed. in School Counseling Online Program and serve as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at a local university.  I have over 15 years’ experience teaching university students in both the online and face-to-face environments and have authored courses and taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 16 years.

Theoretical Perspective:
Over the course of my counseling career, I have worked with people who were anxious, depressed, stressed, and simply burned out; I have helped couples who have struggled with communication issues and relationship barriers; I have worked with families regarding parenting, abuse, grief, and death; and I have helped individuals with career planning, self-esteem building, goal setting, and wellness strategies to cope with major life changes. Throughout my work, I have used many techniques and applied multiple theories, as each person is as unique as the theories and techniques.  I am solution-focused and client-centered.  I feel the counselor serves as the guide and facilitator for the clients as they move through their journey.  I use a humanistic approach to counseling, but also integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques as deemed appropriate.  I adapt my counseling strategies to meet the needs of the client.

A Little About Me:
I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for over 23 years and together we have three amazing sons.  We enjoy fishing, being outdoors, reading, traveling, and catching the latest movie together as a family.  When practicing self-care, I enioy ultrarunning, reading, and quilting.  


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Compassion fatigue , Co-morbidity , Communication Problems , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Postpartum Depression , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #18824 (Expires: 2021-11-30)


Reviews

Written by N.I. on Jul 16, 2021 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Shes the best

Written by A.U. on Jun 21, 2021 after counseling with Leah for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Leah does a great job of making both me and my partner feel heard and understood, even when we totally disagree. I feel like our sessions are a restart button that help us re-focus on our relationship priorities.

Written by K.E. on Apr 03, 2021 after counseling with Leah for 1 year on issues concerning relationship

We could not ask for a better person to get us through a difficult time. I am not sure if we would have made it through without her. We still have a lot of work to do, but I believe we are better than ever.

Written by J.O. on Jan 18, 2021 after counseling with Leah for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Leah has been extremely helpful and insightful in guiding my wife and I during our counseling sessions. She is very personable and has recommended several very helpful books for us to read along with great conversation starters to help in discussions.

Written by L.I. on Jan 04, 2021 after counseling with Leah for 10 months on issues concerning relationship

Leah is amazing. But there are a lot of counselors on here that were odd and difficult to work with.

Written by T.A. on Dec 27, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Leah Is Super Dope.

Written by R.B. on Nov 03, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 6 months on issues concerning relationship

Mrs. Alviar really helped me and my partner in the past, and now we are looking to her for help again. She is great at what she does.

Written by M.A. on Oct 22, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 6 months on issues concerning relationship

Leah is a great listener and communicator and remains fair to both parties in a marriage.

Written by N.A. on Oct 18, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Leah is super easy to talk to. I found myself sharing deep wounds and hurts easily with her and she understood my pain

Written by A.S. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Leah is amazing! You definitely feel heard. She is ready to help with strategies to reconnect. I would definitely recommend her.

Written by J.E. on May 17, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Leah is awesome at what she does. She’s very professional, willing to listen and give you the tools and better perspective of handling life’s situations. I definitely would recommend her expertise to anybody of need.

Written by T.Y. on Mar 24, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Leah is awesome! She very quickly and expertly assessed our core conflicts in a sensitive and friendly manner. Her skills at conflict resolution and solution identification were apparent, as my partner and I were at a loss several times on how exactly to articulate our respective issues to each other. At the end of each session, Leah has made it a point to make sure both my partner and I understand what we expect from each other as well as what specific practices we could each adopt to best move our relationship out of a rut and back into healthy growth. I would recommend Leah Alviar to absolutely anyone. Thank you, Leah, for helping us take our lives back!

Written by A.L. on Mar 05, 2020 after counseling with Leah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I believe so far in the few weeks that we have been speaking with Leah Alviar we have both grown and even though it is hard we both have worked towards our goals. I highly and personally recommend her.