Leanne E. Watt, Ph.D.

Pasadena, California

Complicated people who have given up on finding effective treatment find emotional relief in my office. In private practice for over 20 years, I provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples & families presenting with a broad range of difficulties. , I specialize in treating patients who have been successful in many areas of life, but they’re still feeling incomplete, often struggling with deeply entrenched interpersonal and behavioral patterns.

You may recognize yourself in one of these profiles:

You’re depressed, bothered by self-critical & self-shaming thoughts that eat away at your self-esteem.
• You’re anxious all the time or especially in social situations, unable to relax and feel safe in this world.
• You’re a couple that gets entangled easily-- you bicker alot, get hurt easily, feel misunderstood, enraged, or shut down.
• You’re a super-achiever— skilled at many things, yet feeling unfulfilled, alone, and sometimes, overwhelmed.
• You’re compulsively using the internet or other screen devices; you’re avoiding life and unable to stop yourself.
• You’re having a hard time finding your voice, afraid to speak your mind for fear of upsetting others.
• You’re a parent, ashamed of the way you respond to your children, or you’re unable to set firm and kind limits.
• You’re having work issues, feeling unmotivated & inefficient or work too much & have difficulty saying “no” to the job.
• You’re stuck creatively, unable to find your inspiration or afraid to trust your own instincts.
• You’re sober & working the steps, but still struggling with feelings of restlessness, self-hate, shame & remorse.
• Your fertility or your physical health is on your mind--- you’re feeling stressed and your body is letting you down.
• You are searching for spiritual meaning in life, or you’re trying to leave a religion that feels damaging.
• Or maybe you’re just feeling empty and are looking for something or someone to fill you up.

In treatment, the childhood roots of self-destructive thoughts and behaviors are explored, and patients learn to replace criticism and shame with kindness. Clients develop the ability to sit still with their emotions, rather than avoiding uncomfortable feelings through compulsive, "busy", or destructive behaviors. Through this process, depression & anxiety are reduced, while patients experience an increase in self-confid

  • Work
    • private practice in clinical psychology
  • Education
    • PhD (Fuller SOP) Post-docs: UCLA-Med Center, USC School of Medicine