Dr. Kashersky (AKA Dr. Leona) is the founder and Director of Healing Pathways Psychological Services. She received her doctorate in psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology. Her training and personal mission was focused on assisting families and individuals in their search for balance.
Dr. Leona has worked with some of our community’s most distressed youth and their families. Her early training with troubled families paved the way for her current philosophies and insights. She helped them to reunify and reestablish the respect and trust needed to thrive again. Since her early training, she has continued to help families, couples and individuals from all walks of life with a variety of needs.
Generally, Dr. Leona is interested in empowering people to risk connection in their family and community relationships. Specifically, she enjoys nurturing her patients and assisting them to nurture themselves. She firmly believes, “through prioritizing self-nurturing and self-care, people build the strength and fortitude needed to take necessary risks for healthy growth in their life”. The efforts she and her patients put forth to practice compassion for self and others, allows one to tolerate feeling awkward learning new skills and putting them into practice. She enjoys assisting her patients to put these skills into practice in her individual, family, and group sessions.
Dr. Leona has experience with blended families due to changing marriages and adoption. She is familiar with the challenges they face in creating and maintaining their bonds with one another. She works hard to educate and take action in working through conflict to reach resolution and compromise to enhance the love and joy others experience in their life.
Dr. Leona uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Movement Therapy, Play and Art Therapy, Psychodrama, and Family Systems Therapy approaches informed by psychodynamic theory to design interventions and work with presenting issues.
In her free time, Dr. Leona enjoys creating and experiencing art and culture. Fire Arts, dance, yoga, and theatre are other therapeutic outlets she uses to express emotions and to touch and teach others. Spending time with her friends and family, finding ways they can express their creativity together are among her favorites for ways to ‘pass time’. Her travels are driven by her curiosity of other people and their differences. She is drawn to understanding differences and the inner workings of individual people and their cultures. Human creativity is what keeps her feeling excited about life.