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About Leslie

Meet Leslie

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Leslie Gould-Barkman


Master of Social Work Counselor

Master Certified Life Coach

Certified Spiritual Intuitive & Healer

Certified in Matrix Energetics

Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist

Board Certified Bodyworker

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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 Master  of Social Work degree in 2017. She then went on to become an Intermediate Level Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Master Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Intuitive & Healer, and a Clinical Hypnotherapist whose goal was to create a truly unique, innovative, multidimensional, and effective therapeutic experience for her clients.

Working with Leslie is creative and solution focused as she listens deeply and intuitively to the verbal, physical, energetic, 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 issues and those who simply feel stuck and want more out of life. She brings hope and compassion and strives to help people come out of the shadows and stand confidently in their truth. 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 create real and lasting change.

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Bouncing Back From Adverstiy

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. 

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Leslie's Approach to Healing

Approach toPhysical Healing

In addition to improving clients' mental health, their physical health can also be improved by addressing and releasing trapped emotions and blocks  in their bodies, energy field, and spiritual fields before they create disease or illness. The latest research in the field of mind-body disorders and illnesses 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.

Blocks can also be found in our energy and spiritual fields. These trapped emotions or blocks 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.  By listening to our bodies, and tapping into our energy bodies and spiritual selves, we gain valuable information that can be used to make changes we never thought possible for our mental, spiritual, and physical health.

Education Credentials

Education and Credentials

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Certified Spiritual Intuitive & Healer


Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHT)


Master Certified Life Coach


Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Intermediate Level

Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT, NCBTMB)


2002 to present

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)


2018 to present

Energy Medicine Professional Association

Member since 2018



Leslie's Education and Training


Certified Life Coach Institute

Colorado Springs, CO

ICF Accredited

Level 1 2021, Level 2 2024

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

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

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

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA
Master of Social Work

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

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