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lyanna leibert, ma, lpc

Lyanna is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Michigan and a nationally certified counselor.  She graduated from the University of Florida Counseling Program in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in community counseling and Specialist degree in Counseling for school settings. Since then, she has counseled individuals (adults, children, and adolescents) for diverse concerns: anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, anger management, and parental conflicts.  Her professional experience working with adults, families, children and adolescents is extensive.  For over 14 years she has  enjoyed helping clients find and use the tools they need to cope more effectively with the dips and curves of life.

When counseling adults, Lyanna works collaboratively to assist clients uncover hidden and overlooked solutions.  She helps them identify their strengths and helps them discover alternative strategies to put to rest old problems.  

When counseling families, Lyanna works from a family systems approach. Lyanna strives to get to know each family member and helps them access their unique strengths to create a positive change for the whole family.  Everyone in the family is honored and respected.  She often draws from her 
experience as a trained facilitator of the Love & Logic parenting program.  The Love & Logic parenting program is a skill-based approach that helps parents build better relationships with their children by setting effective limits through caring discipline.  

When counseling children as young as four years old, Lyanna utilizes play therapy.  Play therapy helps kids “talk out” their problems.  With play therapy, Lyanna helps children express what is troubling them.  She builds a trusting relationship where kids can learn and practice more effective 
coping skills.

When counseling teens, Lyanna uses the Why Try? Program, a treatment geared for teens beginning to exhibit delinquent behaviors, such as shoplifting, vandalism, or school truancy. Lyanna helps restore motivation and direction for adolescents.  

Lyanna also supervises master’s level counseling students at Oakland University (OU) and Limited License Professional Counselors (LLPCs).  Lyanna completed doctoral level training in the provision of supervision for LLPCs.  She has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at OU, teaching a graduate level course, Techniques of Counseling.    

Regardless of whether Lyanna uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), play therapy, or family systems counseling, Lyanna is caring, collaborative, systematic, and practical.  She believes that strength and balance is a key to life happiness.