Leah Polk

Leah Polk is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Missouri, currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  She completed the Master of Social Work program at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Mental Health, and a specialization in Sexual Health and Education.  Leah has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups, with topics ranging from life transitions and grief, to overcoming trauma and substance abuse/addiction. She has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and has directed creative arts programs for her clients.    

Leah is currently pursuing Gestalt Therapist certification from Gestalt Associates Training, Los Angeles, as well as Sex Therapist Certification with the American Association for Sexuality Educators Counselors (AASECT) and Therapists. Leah specializes in issues regarding body-acceptance, sexual self-efficacy, somatic healing from trauma, and LGBTQ+ specific issues. Leah is also a Kink-Aware professional (KAP), and offers a non-judgmental approach to working with members of these special communities. She is intentional in her adoption of a strength-based, intersectional perspective so that her work is both inclusive and culturally responsive. 

From Leah:

“When we find ourselves in an atmosphere of radical positive regard and acceptance, it is not simply a transformation that occurs, but a homecoming. We reclaim our fears, our worries, and our pain, and we truly discover ourselves for the first time, or the first time in a long time. I believe that healing in this way is our human birthright and destiny, but it must be claimed. The greatest reward in my work is to facilitate and bear witness to this process, and to be with you each step of the way.”

A Favorite Quote from Audre Lorde:

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”