Dr. Emily VanLeeuwen

Dr. Emily VanLeeuwen – Psychologist in Lees Summit, MO graduated from The University of Arkansas in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She continued her training in Clinical Psychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology where she earned a Master of Arts Degree (2005) and a Doctorate of Psychology (2007). She completed her post-doctoral residency at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center in Kansas City, MO. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri and Kansas.

Throughout her educational training and work experience, Dr. VanLeeuwen has worked in a variety of different treatment settings including community mental health centers, private practice, and inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Emily VanLeeuwen considers herself a generalist practitioner and has experience with diverse populations and a wide range of clinical presentations. As such, she has experience providing treatment for those who have suffered painful experiences in their childhood or adult life. She has treated individuals who experience difficulty sleeping or find it hard to sleep without nightmares, or who feel angry or sad much of the time. She has helped those who feel out of control of their behavior and feel misunderstood in their relationships. She has worked with patients to create safety plans when chronic suicidal ideation and a history of self-harm attempts are present.

Additionally, Dr. VanLeeuwen has experience working with milder symptoms including stress related to managing a healthy work-life balance, interpersonal relationship struggles, inattention, and hyperactivity. She has provided therapy to help individuals implement effective parenting strategies and increase assertiveness in the workplace. She has aided young adults throughout their transition from high school to college and/or from college to the work force. She has worked with many individuals struggling with low self-esteem.

Dr. VanLeeuwen’s therapy style is best described as an integrated approach borrowing heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a structured approach to therapy which examines how unhealthy lifestyle habits and negative thoughts can contribute to mental health symptoms. CBT is well researched in the field of psychology and has shown to be very effective in the treatment of mental health disorders. Dr. VanLeeuwen also explores how the relationships with caregivers early in life can affect relationships in adulthood, and how all relationships can be improved by learning interpersonal relationship coping skills. Dr. VanLeeuwen’s sessions often end with a homework assignment for the patient to complete prior to the next session. Dr. VanLeeuwen’s goal for therapy is always to teach each patient ways to recognize when changes are needed and to give each patient specific, healthy coping skills to result in an improved quality of life.

In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. VanLeeuwen also has experience performing psychological evaluations. Such evaluations include personality assessments, ADHD testing, learning disorder evaluations, and intelligence assessments.