Kaley Leshem, LCSW

Kaley Leshem, LCSW


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Area of Focus:

  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Body image and chronic dieting
  • Perfectionism & self-esteem issues
  • Teen & family therapy
  • Life transition & identity issues


MSW, The University of Southern California
BA, Tufts University

Other Publications:

  • Murray, C. E., Pope, A. L., & Willis, B. (2017). Sexuality Counseling: Research, Theory, and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Beautiful Creator: 90 Day Journal to Awaken Your Power and Teach You How to Take Control of Your Life
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Project – Investigating Implementation of a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation: Pilot Case Study (2018). Partnership between University of Colorado – Denver and Boulder Valley School District, CO

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Professional Background

Kaley Leshem is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice in West Los Angeles. Kaley earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, where she trained in a variety of psychiatric and community mental health settings. Kaley also has years of experience working with teens, adults, and families in eating disorder treatment centers.

In practice, Kaley helps clients develop self-compassion and empowers them to create meaningful lives informed by their values. Kaley is passionate about supporting clients through overwhelming moments including difficult life transitions, relationship conflicts, and career struggles. Kaley uses an eclectic and trauma-informed approach, integrating a psychodynamic perspective with more skills-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help patients meet their goals.

Kaley specializes in treating eating disorders, body image, and chronic dieting. Kaley often works with individuals who are feeling lost or suffering from low self-esteem and perfectionism. She is also fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, a method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.