Leslie Hempling is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. She has worked with adults across the life span and teens of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, racial, sexual, gender and spiritual backgrounds and identities. Specialties include learning differences, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and Asperger’s syndrome. Her approach is genuine and collaborative and incorporates psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral principles.
Her background includes positions in community mental health, arts education and college and university psychological services, including Haverford College, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as Director of Student Disability Services and Learning Resources at Swarthmore College. She has served as a Board member with the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and is a recipient of the Patricia Burland Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work Practice.
Leslie spent fourteen years earlier in her career teaching, writing and developing arts education and outreach programs for professional theatres and arts organizations, including People’s Light, Art-Reach and the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre. She has a special interest in the ways in which curiosity and creativity emerge in the therapeutic process.