Orlesa Poole, LICSW, LCSW-C
Specializing in Perinatal mental health, trauma, parenting and women’s issues
I’m Orlesa, a hardcore foodie, travel enthusiast and plant lover. In my free time, you’ll find me spending time with my husband and toddler, reading healthy living blogs or watching comedies and baking shows on Netflix.
I’m passionate about helping women, specifically mothers, take up space and honor their needs. As a wife and mother myself, I understand the pressure to “do it all” and be it all for everyone around us, even at the expense of our own wellbeing. I also understand how succumbing to that pressure can leave women feeling drained, overwhelmed and depressed. I love challenging the notion that mothers must be sleepless, unshowered, frazzled messes with no identity outside of their children. I also find joy in assisting clients with breaking generational cycles of harmful parenting. I love showing parents how harmony can be achieved in their homes using positive discipline and respectful communication.
I describe my therapy style as client-centered and solution focused. I’ll explain from the very beginning that you are the person running the show. If we think of the therapeutic relationship as two travelers moving towards a common destination, you would be the driver and I would be the GPS. You plug in the address and I tell you the most efficient route. You might run into roadblocks or accidents along the way. I’ll quickly recalculate the route, being sure to avoid traffic.
I say “solution focused” because my job as therapist is to get you to the place where you no longer need me. Although many clients choose to stay with me for years because they appreciate having a nonjudgmental safe space to deal with everyday stress, my goal is that you find significant relief from your problems in a brief period of time. To that end, my interventions are solutions focused and evidenced based. Because I can’t get you to fire me by enabling you, prepare to be challenged and called on your crap when necessary.
I want therapy to be a safe space for you to let it all hang out so no topic is off limits. I’m not easily offended and there isn’t much I haven’t seen or discussed in the therapy room! We can chat about sex, money, religion, politics, body insecurities and whatever else is on your mind. The therapy space is a place for YOU to get whatever YOU need. I’m just here to tell you how to get there and keep you on track.
Since I’m sure you’re interested in my qualifications, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida and my Masters in Social Work at the Catholic University of America. I have many years of experience helping individuals, couples and families find happiness and harmony. I have advanced training in treating perinatal mood disorders, trauma and explosive behavior in young children.
If I seem like a good fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out! The struggle is real, but definitely not necessary!