Meet Leslie

Ladybug Body-Mind Healing

Leslie Gould-Barkman

MSW. CHT.

Spiritual & Intuitive Counseling

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Leslie may be best known in the Happy Valley from her former practice, “In Good Hands Therapeutic Massage”, which she owned and operated from 2002 to 2015. After a debilitating injury forced her to close her doors in 2015, Leslie returned to school and received her MSW in 2017. She then went on to become certified as a Spiritual Intuitive & Healer and a Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist. 

Working with Leslie is creative and solution focused as she listens deeply and intuitively to the verbal, physical, spoken and unspoken dimensions of her clients. This comprehensive approach allows for the resolution of long-standing problems by tapping into the full expression of who we are as a person – body, mind and spirit. 

Leslie works with adults suffering from a wide range of emotional and physical issues, and those who simply feel stuck and want more out of life. She brings hope, compassion, and a strong belief that opportunity is inherent in every struggle. Leslie is a healer and motivator whose insightful and caring manner help clients feel safe and supported while gaining the insight needed to improve their lives and heal emotionally, physically and spiritually.

 

Bouncing Back from Adversity

Having faced many challenges in her life, Leslie is able to relate to clients' emotional and physical issues with compassion, empathy and understanding. 

Leslie is also a cancer survivor. This experience in 2017, and her prior back injury gave Leslie personal experience with chronic pain, illness and the body-mind connection. Leslie believes strongly that adversity can be a catalyst for growth and transformation and she's living proof. Rather than taking her down, her bout with cancer helped Leslie to reassess her life. While recovering from surgery she made the choice to follow her heart and focus fully on building her body-mind healing practice. 

 

Approach to Healing 

The latest research in the field of mind-body disorders is that to resolve them the underlying emotional dynamic must be addressed. These underlying issues can be found in the subconscious mind where unwanted and exiled emotions reside. These trapped emotions can cause imbalances in the entire system and are a major factor in virtually all physical disorders. 

While talk therapy alone can be helpful, it is not designed to get to the root of the issue or eliminate the reason for it. It is our willingness to address the subconscious and the deepest part of us, our souls, that will set us free. By helping the subconscious break through to our consciousness and messages from our soul, these two powerful forces can collaborate with our conscious mind and real healing can begin.

 

Education and Credentials

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)

Massachusetts

2018 to present

Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT, NCBTMB)

Massachusetts

2002 to present (No longer practicing massage)

Certified Spiritual Intuitive & Healer

2018

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Intermediate Level

Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHT)

2018

Energy Medicine Professional Association

Member since 2018

 

 

Leslie's Education and Training

Sanctuary Healing Center
Amherst, MA
Spiritual Intuitive and Healer Training Program
2017-2018

The Wellness Institute
New York, N.Y.
Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Training Program
2018

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute Professional Training 
New York, N.Y
Intermediate Level as of 2019

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA
Master of Social Work
2017

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Worcester, MA
Massage Therapy Certificate
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002

New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Drama
1986