Leslie Dicosola, LMSW
Education & credentials
- M.A. Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
- B.S. Speech & Language Pathology, Western Michigan University
- Fully Licensed Social Worker, State of Michigan
- Lecturer, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
- Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
I believe therapy is a “gift you give yourself.” I strive to provide a warm, trusting and relaxing environment where ‘listening” to a client’s concerns is foremost. Through a collaborative approach, based on a client’s strengths, I strive to empower my clients to discover positive solutions to life’s challenges creating a sense of mastery and well-being.
If nothing ever changed, there wouldn’t be butterflies.” I believe that there is always hope and I believe in the resilience of the human spirit. Change is possible and I would be honored to walk beside you on your journey.
- Life transitions
- Individuals with disabilities
- School issues & school collaboration
- Stress management
What is the self–care strategy I use most often?
Self–care is an important part of life. I share with my clients that taking care of yourself is like putting gas in your gas tank. We all know what happens when the “get gas now” light goes on. It is a warning that if you don’t refuel, your car is going to stall and finally stop working! Self–care is about refueling your body and mind. It builds self–assurance and self-satisfaction. You can’t pour from an empty cup! Taking care of yourself first, helps you to be more able to care for others. Practicing one self–care strategy a day is the best remedy for relieving stress.
The selfcare strategy that I use the most and one that is easy to do, is listening to soothing music such as “new age”, environmental, or classical music. I can listen in my car or at home. At home when I listen to music, I often use visualization and practice mindfulness. I also play guitar and I am learning to play mandolin.