Leslie Fields, LMHC

Leslie Fields is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington, a certified school counselor, and an experienced classroom teacher. Over the past 30 years, she has worked with children and parents in public, private, and international settings. Her professional experience, including teacher, school counselor, group leader, and private counselor, has taken her to a variety of countries as well as settings. She has used her rich knowledge with individual clients, social skills groups, and organizations to offer life-changing opportunities to her community.

Currently, she works as a counselor in private practice for children, tweens, and parents. She is a Sandplay Practitioner, STA. Her passion has been to improve and enhance children’s social experiences. She worked with Terri Hollinsworth, LICSW for 18 years as co-leader of Wally’s Club. She then opened Wally’s Club Eastside with Laura Doerflinger, LMHC in 2005. Together they developed their own social skills curriculum, workbooks, and training program for Casey’s Clubhouse. Casey’s Clubhouse incorporated new creative and research based techniques to increase the successful adaption of group work to real life social situations.

In addition to her career, Ms. Fields is married and is step-mom to her daughter and grandmother to her grandkids. She loves her dog Mulligan, who is a Reading with Rover volunteer dog. She loves to play tennis, dance & drum, and travel.

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Laura Schneider, LMHC

Laura Schneider is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in the state of Washington. Ms. Schneider has 22 years experience in the field of psychology and works as a counselor in private practice from her office located in Kirkland, Washington. Since 2005, Ms. Schneider has been working in tandem with Leslie Fields running and developing Casey’s Clubhouse, a social skill friendship group for kids ages 6-13. Ms. Schneider and Ms. Fields developed their own curriculum, workbooks, and training program. They designed and incorporated techniques using new research findings to increase the successful adaption of group work to real life social situations.

In addition, Ms. Schneider counsels children, adolescents, adults, and runs other groups focused on increasing life satisfaction and functioning. She finds that our emotional reactions, irrational thinking, and ‘mindless behaviors’ influence everything we do. “Negative, unconscious patterns usually wage war in the relationships that matter the most. Many clients enter into therapy seeking alternatives to these patterns. They want calm to supplant the turmoil in their lives.” This is why Ms. Schneider named her counseling business CALM: Counseling and Life Management. Clients want new avenues to restore and find balance in their lives, increase their resiliency, and improve their mental health.

Ms. Schneider is dedicated to helping clients find these avenues. She accompanies them as counselor, explorer, investigator, researcher, learner, advocate, innovator, problem-solver, teacher, and above all as a fellow, compassionate human being. Additionally, Ms. Schneider founded the Parent Education Group (PEG) in 2003. PEG offers an array of parenting classes to schools and communities. Ms. Schneider teaches parenting classes and consults with parents on effective parenting skills. She writes articles on parenting, social skills, and kid related topics for schools, parenting magazines and online family web sites. Ms. Schneider is married has two children and two step-children who are almost all grown up! She loves to write, paint, draw, and travel.

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