About Leslie Cloninger, LCSW, LCASA
A firm believer in self-actualization, Leslie is eager to empower her patients by helping them develop the tools they need to be able to help themselves. As a provider, she feels honored and excited to help patients on their journeys towards more balanced, healthier lives. Prioritizing patient comfort and collaboration, Ms. Cloninger helps people gain insight into their thought and behavioral patterns in order to grow and change in positive ways. She works to help people fully experience their emotions and learn how to regulate them through building self-compassion and acceptance. Her approach to psychotherapy is eclectic as she has training and experiences with a wide range of modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Gottman Level I, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
Partial List of Treatment Areas
- Major Life Change: grief, divorce, etc
- Alcohol Use
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Gender Confirmation Surgery Evaluation
- LGBTQ+ Care
- Opioid/Pain Med Use
- Drug Use (non-opioid)
- Personality Disorder
- PTSD - Single Incident/Shock
Education & Certifications
– Masters in Social Work from the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC
– Central District Representative of the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors
– Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC
– Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate
– Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist
June 9, 2021
Leslie is great
June 3, 2021
Celebrating my successes! And cushioning my failures
April 15, 2021
She is very nice and positive
April 14, 2021
Leslie has been a fantastic help to me over the past year. I would recommend her to anyone and have recommended Mindpath to others
March 30, 2021
Leslie is one of the best! She s a compassionate, validating provider, but she manages to toe that line and not let her client(s) (me) get attached in a way that interferes with my care. It s a brilliant balance and prevents things like performing as a client to seek approval, which would be a huge disservice to my growth.
March 9, 2021
Leslie really listens!
March 6, 2021
Leslie Cloninger always "listens" rather than just hearing what you're saying. I look forward to my visit each month. It's nice to talk to someone who understands since I have nobody else I can comfortably discuss my issues with.
March 3, 2021
Leslie provided tangible opportunities to help through issues, in addition to our conversations.
February 15, 2021
She listens to me. Try s to find a way to make me feel better. She was very pleasant and made me feel comfortable.
January 27, 2021
Leslie has a good listening ear
January 26, 2021
Leslie is insightful and trustworthy. She brings pragmatic compassion to each session and I always come out feeling like I have learned something, or I feel calmer having processed a difficult situation.
January 21, 2021
I appreciate that Leslie is able to switch gears from the anticipated therapy plan based on what's going on with me that session.
January 14, 2021
Feeling heard and working towards ongoing self awareness and tools to shift my internal voice have opened a whole new strength in me.
January 14, 2021
Leslie is an amazing therapist! She listens without judgment and provides solutions for how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings.
January 7, 2021
I recommend Leslie and Mindpath to everyone looking for a queer/LGBT therapist or medication management team in network w Aetna or BCBS. The providers are compassionate, genuine, and thoughtful.
December 23, 2020
The process for getting seen by a provider was very easy, which is good for those who may already be having a difficult time initially.
November 3, 2020
Leslie has been a wonderful, professional, practitioner that makes me feel comfortable and has helped me work through so many things. I feel more empowered and am now onto new goals.
December 18, 2019
Very pleasant, first therapy visit.
December 4, 2019
I think everything went really well. We both liked her a lot!
November 21, 2019
Very comfortable and professional
November 13, 2019
The experience was inspiring.
August 21, 2019
There was no front desk, just walked in and waited for clinician to come out